I remember turning into a wide-eyed baby when I first heard somebody play the guitar in a finger-picking style. It was like watching sunbeams poke through the curtains after a night where moonlight had too many hours, all of my life's troubles gathered together and suddenly grew smaller by the marriage of ten fingers and six strings. I felt like I had discovered the meaning of life and I was only sixteen.
Listening to a guitar played the way that suits me best is pure wonderment, the same kind of firefly glow others might find when they go to Disneyland or when somebody catches their first fish, it is magic like being born is magic. From the moment I heard those fingers pull strings the way a gardener pulls fruit from the cherry tree, I was convinced this was the music for me. I wanted to always be listening. If a label for ingredients was attached to everybody the way it is for canned soup, mine would say something about a finger pickin' guitar song.
Although I fell in love with the sound, I never imagined I would learn how to play it myself. Whenever I thought about it, I could only see myself wishing I knew how, but then I would turn on an old country blues song and all of the desire to play was erased by the beauty of somebody else's song. At the time, it was enough for me to close my eyes and let others paint roads on my eyelids while I rested in their songs. I did not need to twitch, stomp, or understand, I just needed to listen. Until one day, after playing my banjo for two years, I came upon the guitar and said "I'm going to try my hand at you." Since then, my fingers have slowly turned from being human into tiny passenger trains. — Summertime weather is here, it is a beautiful time for playing guitar in the park and having nowhere else and nobody else to be.
Do you play an instrument? If not, which instrument have you always wanted to play? Playing guitar and banjo requires effort, but the pay is worth more than anything else I've ever done!
Dress – Thrifted at MCC Thrift
Boots – Wild West Shop in Montana
Hat – Sunnyside Home & Garden Centre Calgary
Guitar – OOO-15M Martin