Hello music, where have you been all my life?


Note to all musicians out there:

I am not, after three days of playing, trying to play, learning, mangling chords on Vera (yes, I have already named her, and yes I realise how sad that makes me) identifying myself as one of you. Just read on for an explanation…

Now, back to the story.

So okay, yes I’ve named my guitar “Vera” and yes there is a back-story to that but it’s pretty boring so no you’ll never get to hear it.

And yes I’ve been playing, practicing, making the neighborhood dogs howl in pain, destroying my flatmates will to live, with the guitar non-stop for the past 3 days.

And yes, this is all early days and the muso’s (that’s Aussie for “musicians”) out there will be smiling condescendingly at my puppy-esque like enthusiasm.

But you know what.

I don’t care.

I’ve always had a bit of a creative side. In my teens and my lost-early-twenties, I loved to draw and paint, then in my lost-mid-twenties I turned to dance. And all through that, I’ve always been a writer. I’ve always kept up some sort of journal. And now through blogging, writing is my main outlet for my creative side.

The one creative area that I never considered was music.

I never really had the opportunity to look into music growing up, cause well;

1) it was a bit too expensive (as a kid, while my family wasn’t what you called poor, buying a musical instrument would definitely been a luxury we could not afford. Writing involved a notebook and pen, drawing a sketchbook and some pencils, dancing only required a healthy body and a sense ofΒ rhythm. Even painting became a worrying expense to my parents after a while, as canvasses and oil paints aren’t cheap) … and;

2) it looked liked it would require far more discipline than my attention-span-of-a-goldfish-youth would have liked.

And a part of me was always a little regretful that I never gave it a go.

Now with drawing, painting and writing, for me anyway, it’s a more objective approach. You’re always an outsider looking in. Which suits the majority of my personality just fine. I’m an observer mainly. I like to see how people interact with the world. I like seeing the chaotic ballet of the falling leaves in autumn, twirling and leaping with the wind, struggling against the inevitable force of gravity. I like being able to take my impressions of the world, and put it on paper. While yes, you can get lost in the creation of something with words or paint or the pointy end of a pencil, there is always a part of you that has to be kept separate.

But sometimes you just wanna get lost.

Now dance, was something you could get lost in. I was doing street dancing. I learned first by just going out every night to clubs, and then later on started learning formally, and there were even a couple of times where I was teaching classes, when my instructor asked me to teach the younger class (when it wasn’t so blindingly obvious I was spaced-out on whatever drug I was currently on). But this was in my bad-boy early 20’s, and I was using every type of illicit substance under the sun, so that feeling of utter joy in abandoning everyone and everything, is mixed with the shame and regret of being as high as a fucking kite while doing it.

And so now, after 33 years of dodging the musical bullet. I’ve finally entered into the world of music.

And I love it.

I love the feeling of just getting lost in an instrument, in music and in trying learn and to master something totally alien from my normal everyday humdrum life.

I love the feel of the guitar nestled on my lap.

I love the pain in my fingers, after practicing chords for 2 hours straight.

I love that practicing boring chords for two hours straight feels like 5 minutes.

I love that I have something to do, when I’m feeling too energetic to sit down in front of a computer screen or the TV, but not energetic enough to actually go out and do something.

I love how I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, and I still love doing it.

I love that even with my attention span of a hamster on meth (yes, I’ve upgraded from a goldfish) that even after 3 days of struggle, frustration and knowing that I’ll never be as good as I really want to be, I still want to keep playing. This is from a guy who previously, could easily walk away from any activity that he couldn’t master in the space of 2 hours (coding in C++, I’m looking at you).

And sure this could just be the musings of puppy love, but somehow I don’t think so.

And I know I’m so far away from being “a musician” that if we take geography as a metaphor, with the space in between the respective cities representing the difference of skill level between myself and a competent musician, I would be living in Sydney, Australia and competent musicians would be living in the wonderful city of Grblxt on the planet Melmac located in theΒ Aldente Nebula in the Andromeda Galaxy.

πŸ˜‰

But I’ve got a spanner, a couple of bottle rockets, a big cardboard box, some duct tape, and a hankering for the stars.

To infinity! And beyond!

I’ll never get there, and I’m going to look like an idiot for even thinking about attempting it, but damn if I’m not going to have fun trying.

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145 responses to “Hello music, where have you been all my life?

  1. Dude, that’s what music is FOR! Have fun trying. Feed your soul. Check out my post today about post-show closure. That love of music, dance, the things that consume a person, is so strong, it’ll amaze you.

    • Well NOW i know that πŸ˜› Where were you when I was 16 and figuring out whether or not to take Music or Art as my elective for high school?? πŸ˜›

    • Feed your soul – completely agree! Learning music will open up parts of you that you didn’t know exist! Stick with it and after a bit things will start to click and you’ll suddenly get better more quickly – please send my condolences to your flatmate who must be losing hair and sleep!!! πŸ™‚

  2. Using Pull-Ups as a helmet is awesome!

    Ditto on C++

    • If I’m going to outer space I want dryness and very minimal chance of nappy rash πŸ™‚ As for C++ *shudder* I’ll revisit that hobby if Vera ever leaves me *grin* Thanks for commenting!

      • Okay. Thank goodness someone else mentioned it first. I thought my eyes were playing ‘trickseeies’ on me.

        I tried to learn my dad’s guitar. My hands were too tiny. I was already in High School. My hands were never going to get any bigger. So I gave up.

      • Good thinking! NASA missed out on you. Even at an early age, you understood the preparation necessary to be a space traveler. A big salute to you, Captain!

  3. Reading, writing, listening to music and horribly dancing = my life πŸ˜›
    At least the ‘awesome’ parts of my life, if you know what I mean πŸ˜‰
    I’d really love to learn the piano someday.
    Music is the drug I unabashedly use.

    P.S. NICE metaphors! Hamster on meth…got to use that sometime

    • I hear ya! Piano is actually my first choice of musical instrument to learn, but I’m face with two problems. I live on the third floor of an apartment complex which has no elevator. And how much do those damn things cost! but I’ve been offered to be tutored by someone, unfortunately they live on the other side of the country… but one of these days…
      Feel free to use hamster on meth anytime! Might I also suggest “content as a bear wiping his ass with a rabbit” πŸ™‚

  4. I love hearing someone rave about their love for music; it’s just so beautiful! We’re doing harmonic analysis on Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachmusik in school right now and though I may not be one to talk, wait til you get to that sort of stuff! It’s amazing to find yourself actually starting to understand the language of music. πŸ™‚ Keep loving it (it’s worth loving)!

    • See… if I only payed attention in high school music class instead of trying to look down the blouse of my music teacher… then maybe I would know what you’re on about! Mucho jelly that you’ve gotten a headstart on me… damn musically talented whippersnappers *grin* (said with much love of course)

  5. Dude, I feel ya!

    I was in the school band when I was 10-11, playing clarinet. After really not enjoying it, and not being very good, Mum gently convinced me that music ‘wasn’t for me’. So I gave up on it, and observed.

    Then when I was 22, my boyfriend bought me a guitar for Christmas. And I love her.

    Her name is Jocasta, and yeah, I’m not good. But the love is there, and the passion. It doesn’t matter if you’re perfect. Just don’t let it slip away.

    • I love how I’m not the only one to name my guitar! πŸ™‚ I may not be as weird as I thought I am (wait… did that make sense??)

      “It doesn’t matter if you’re perfect. Just don’t let it slip away.”

      That line pretty much says it all really. My high school English teacher will applaud the way you’ve managed to edit my 1000 word post into two short sentences ;)… *feels the shame of being too wordy*

      • Thanks! Though I can’t tell you how much I’ve gotten into trouble because I’m not wordy enough.

        I’m one of those sad people who names everything important. For example, my laptop is named Dinsdale, but I haven’t named my toaster. Yet.

  6. Love your attitude! πŸ˜€ Good luck and have fun! πŸ™‚

  7. Crazy Cat Girl

    I doubt anyone in the history of humanity has found that they can loose themselves in C++ coding the way you can in singing, dancing or playing an instrument. Music is different that way and I’ve subjected my neighbours to enough bad renditions of the same 3 pieces on my piano to know πŸ™‚ Hope you keep enjoying it!

    • HAHAHAHA… true dat. I’m (and everyone within earshot) just going to be happy when I can actually play a song from beginning to end without going … “wait no.. ah crap… stupid fingers!”

  8. free penny press

    Vera is a great name.. If I had a guitar I think mine would be named Theodore..
    Have fun and play on!!!

    • Ahhh see you gotta be careful when you name a guitar a boys name… I mean when I say I’ve been “fingering Vera all night” (oh cmon! Everyone had to expect a “fingering” joke at SOME point) it’s a little TMI, but not overtly gross… “I’ve been fingering Ted” on the other hand…

  9. I tried to learn myself once. I was twelve and I didn’t want to learn what my guitar teacher was trying to teach me , I had my heart set on Pearl Jam and Nirvana … He ended up sacking me ! I hope you have better luck πŸ˜€

    • A blogger after my own heart! Last Kiss and About A Girl are both definitely on the must learn play list. Well seeing that I’m teaching myself, I doubt that I’ll get sacked… I may be smacked in the back of the head a couple of times… maybe belittled until I curl up into a fetal position and sob endlessly… but not sacked πŸ™‚

  10. I play~your post has a very familiar ring to me.

  11. Ha! I tried to learn to play the guitar, but I was frighteningly bad! It was sad, really, really sad!
    Hugs,
    Kathy

  12. No you HAVE to have a name for your instrument! My cello is called Gertrude I’m proud to say. : )

  13. I’m envious of you creative folk with your musical bents. Enjoy Vera!

  14. Ambitious stuff. You mentioned bottle rockets but how many packs of Mentos do you think will help you reach your destination…?

    • Let me do a quick calculation… *mumble mumble volume of diet coke bottle mumble mumble force of pressure equals x mumble mumble gravity is a constant 9.8mps mumble mumble*

      1,983,949.1 mentos packs.
      πŸ˜‰

  15. Good for you! Have fun with it and work at it and bingo, you’ll get better. My father played an instrument his whole life. He wasn’t bad at it, just not great, but it didn’t matter to him. He loved it, and it gave him a life: other people to play with, places to go, an interest to follow up on.

    Anyway, always glad to hear somebody losing ego and enjoying the hell out of something!

  16. I guess it’s never too late to learn. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play the guitar, but procrastination’s a bitch. And Vera is such a good name. I’m naming mine…WANG! πŸ™‚

    • Procrastination IS a bitch, but also a crapload of fun. There is nothing as fun as doing something you’;re not supposed to be doing. Maybe that’s why I love practicing the guitar so much. Logic dictates that I give up and move along, but screw that! I’m having a blast.

      LOL @ Wang! Your guitar and mine could do designer wedding dresses!

  17. Ah, but the finger pain! I guess you’re just more committed than I could be…you’d sure think after enduring unanesthetized childbirth, I’d be able to put up with some pain in my fingers. Maybe not so much…

    Best of luck to you!

    • Hahaha.. okay, now your comment just made me want to call my mom, and apologise for my massive head πŸ˜›

      Seriously? Unanesthetised childbirth? I swear black and blue from papercuts πŸ˜›

  18. If you have an XBox or PS3, I heartily recommend you get yourself this video game called “RockSmith”. It comes with a USB cable to 1/4″ jack. You plug a real guitar into it. And play real songs. No plastic pieces of crap with stupid buttons. Not all guitars work with it but most will and mine did. After that it is “monkey see, monkey do”. My younger brother got one back in October and went from could not play guitar to playing. I’ve been playing for a long time and even took lessons in the late 80’s and it has helped me a bunch. (I got one for Christmas.) A cheap electric will save your roommates because you do not have to amp it and it is fairly quiet. Acoustic guitars do have the benefit of making your fingers stronger.

    Any way you go, enjoy the ride, and rock on!

    PS: One of my favorite chord shapes is some
    strange open Em7 = 0 7 5 7 0 0 (where the left most 0 is the lowest string provided you are playing a right handed guitar in standard tuning)

    • OoOOoOOoo! Thanks for the recommend! I do have a PS3 and will definitely keep an eye out. Electric guitar + PS3??? Throw in a hot gamer girl in some sort of ludicrous cosplay outfit and we have nerd heaven!

      • Part of the GS game is to learn some songs that you play for a virtual audience. And the virtual audience gives you crickets (they just look at you blankly) if you play poorly… or they go nuts relative to how well you play. Nerd heaven it is. Some of the girls in the front row of the audience are hot! (And no, I’m not a lesbian. I am a guy. SuzyCreamCheese came frat buddies I had that listened to a lot of Frank Zappa.)

  19. Love the spaceship! And love the name of the blog “In-debt, Fat, Short with Bad Teeth”. Congratulations on being freshly pressed.

    • Thanks! It was going to be “I’m an evil monkey that will cause you brain damage” but I didn’t want to scare off the small children. Well not until they got into actually reading my posts… then I want to scar them for life *insert evil genius laugh here*

  20. Hey, you will be what you want to be. If you want to be a musician, then be! I want to play the blues. Dog gone it. I’m learning to play the blues, slide and all. AND I LOVE IT. So there. πŸ™‚ Enjoy every minute of your music.

    • Blues, would be awesome. I actually heard (and please correct me if I’m wrong) that there’s a version of playing blues on the guitar that’s quite easy to learn??

      • If you tune the guitar to open G, the chords are very easy. πŸ™‚ The slide is a bit more of a challenge, even with that tuning.

  21. Holy crap you got Freshly Pressed!! CONGRATULATIONS! I can say I knew you when πŸ™‚

    P.S. This song sums up how I feel about music perfectly

    • I know Mutes! I was like “whoa” then I was like “gasp’ then I was like “sigh”! Who woulda thunk. That is an awesome song! BTW shout out to you in the most recent post! Cause you know, youre awesome and all that *grin*

  22. mysweatyshirt

    Guitar is something that I really want to learn for years. Still trying and love it. πŸ˜› C++ is hardcore. Couldn’t really get it but managed to pass it before.

  23. Congrats on fresh press, and sweet spaceship! I’ve only recently begun to think of those things you listed as “being creative.” I thought everyone did all those things, and was puzzled when they said I was creative. I like the way you’re going about music, and how you’re making it your own. I took up classical guitar at age 40 and tried to follow all the rules. And now I don’t play guitar at all, because the rules sucked out all the fun. To hell with planet Melmac — you’re going to get your own planet. Rock(et) on!

    • Thanks muchly! Well you know us creative types *brushes lint off shoulders* sometimes we just don’t get how awesome we are *grin* It’s nice to know that I’ve got a fellow drawer/painter/dancer/writer in here!

  24. John Saddington

    Reblogged this on 8BIT.

  25. It was some 20 months back when a group on Facebook hugged me and truly did I take shelter there, after a brief initial reticence. Music has been my soul and sharing my dots and notes at a time – in a community – when I really needed some release was suddenly breathtaking. Today when I read your post, I felt good AGAIN. Thank you.

  26. This is so amazing!! I tried learning to play a guitar but it is so painful for my fingers, which had all the dexterity of a hulking bison and none of its hardy constituition (evidently). Keep it up and tell us more about your progress!!!

    • The pain goes away after a while, and honestly I really only notice when I’m NOT playing. I say just get back on that horse and keep trying, I heard a quote once that pretty much covers what everyone’s comments say about keeping playing even if youre not all that crash hot.

      “The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.” – Bernard Meltzer

  27. (My piano has no name. My viola is named Stevie.)

    Music is one of the only things in the world where there are no gatekeepers, where you don’t have to convince someone to “let” you do it before you can get good, and where nothing but one’s own bullheadedness and drive will determine how good you do get. It’s you, the instrument, time, and stubbornness.

    And it welcomes all comers — all personality types, all sorts of people, absolutely everyone. It’s love, hate, passion, sex, celibacy, quiet, boisterous, warlike, vulnerable. Everything on Earth is in it, and there is no “wrong sort” of person to get good. You need the will, the instrument, and the time.

    • I think piano’s need really obscure names, like Thadeus or Finnigan… not trying to name your instrument, just my point of view, thats what pianos look like to me…
      I love your attitude to music. No gatekeepers indeed! πŸ™‚

  28. Hi out there – if you havenΒ΄t left for Andromeda yet…. congrats on entering the world of music an on joining the side where most of the fun lies! ( of course that`s the performerΒ΄s part…;-)

    • I doubt I’ll ever be good enough to perform, but I hope (with quiet desperation) that one day I’ll be good enough that I won’t humiliate myself completely playing for friends.

      • .. hey sweatpants…. captain πŸ™‚ one small step a day makes a huge huge distance after a year or so! the energy of joy will bring it all to you !

  29. Your post is so true! Music is a great creative outlet. I recently decided to learn how to play the bass and I absolutely love it. I just with the semester would end so I’ll have time to play it.

    • Bass is kick ass. It’s like the guitars cooler bad-boy brother. The one with the tattoo and the motorbike (wow… my definition of cool is from the 60’s… a decade I wasn’t even born in… channeling my parents right here in this comment)

  30. ENjoy it, getting lost in music is amazing!! : )

  31. Reblogged this on vinylphishrecords and commented:
    Never to old to be a kid!

  32. Shane Peltzer

    As someone who bought a guitar and didn’t learn to play it only to buy another guitar years later and again not learn to play it, I hear you. I have wanted to learn to play a guitar forever and yet I just either don’t have the time or the talent or the patience to do it. I commend your new found hobby and wish you much luck in the future. πŸ˜€

    • I think that for everyone (again this is opinion only) there’s a time and place where this whole love of music and that almost desperate urge to play becomes such an intrisic part of you, that you can’t really picture it not being there. Maybe its just not the right time for you yet, it took until I was 33 to act like a 17 year old who just realised how to hold a guitar pick, maybe you’ll be right where I am in a week, maybe a month, maybe a year, but I really do believe that most people will get there πŸ™‚

      • Shane Peltzer

        You are probably right with that, everything happens when it is right for it to happen. I’ve always been a late bloomer in a way so this could be one of those things as well. Awesome blog by the way! πŸ˜€

  33. 1) I’ve always played an instrument, but I’d always wanted to play banjo. I write, draw, knit, all that jazz etc too. I finally committed to learning it, and I feel just like you describe! It’s so fulfilling, and I can’t dance so this is a wonderful outlet.

    2) Yes. That song is great!!! Love them!

    This is an awesome post. you’ve gained a new subscriber.

    • I want to play banjo just so I can play bluegrass songs while chewing on a piece of grass (yes shame on me for stereotyping but hey… *grin*) It is an awesome outlet, and I’m going to say it (and the writer in me is sharpening his knife) music is a far better outlet than writing for all those emotions that words just aren’t good enough for… *stab stab stab goes the writer in me*

  34. β€œThe key to the mystery of a great artist is that for reasons unknown, he will give away his energies and his life just to make sure that one note follows another… and leaves us with the feeling that something is right in the world.” – Leonard Bernstein

  35. Hello Captain Sweatpants,

    Wow! You have a name for your guitar as well. I have Yui, an electric guitar, but it’s too bad that I need to gave her away last year.

    So now you have to learn some 2-chords songs like Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric. Just keep on practicing.

    Cheers!

    Allen

    • Sorry to hear you had to give Yui away. That blows a big fat one.

      I’m actually attempting Use Somebody – Kings of Leon, its a fairly simple sequence of C, Em, F, F, Am, C, F, F with 2 down strums, 2 upstrums and 1 down strum for each chord. But yer… since I’m not that good, it sounds more like Please Somebody Use This Gun To Kill The Guy Mangling This Song, rather than the original πŸ˜›

      • I gave Yui away because she needs some repair. I don’t know how to fix electric guitar. I’ve given her away for the better. She is on a mini-studio now and it’s best for her to be there being used occasionally by my musician friend. So, it’s okay with her away from me since I don’t use the guitar that often. I still visit her once in a while whenever I have time.

        Believe me you’re better than what I did before. I have a bittersweet story on how I really started playing the guitar. When I was twelve, I tried to strum a classical guitar at home but I have no clue how to strum the chords right. So after my messy attempt, my brother, who is reviewing for an exam, approached me angrily and gave me a piece of him.

        Just a tip, try visiting guitartutee.com. Browse the artists’ name, read the chords, and see them how they play the song. πŸ™‚

  36. I really enjoyed reading this post. Can totally relate to what you are saying. I decided to learn to play violin last year and kind of thought it may sound a bit too late for a 25 year old to start fiddling. But I LOVE it. Yes, there were times when I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere. But one thing I know is that I fell in love with music (especially classical) and I just want to have that sense of connection to something higher and spiritual every time I pick up and (try to) play my violin. I got an amazing teacher which made this whole trying-to-play-music thing even more exciting. All the best on your musical journey. Your passion and dedication can take you beyond Andromeda.

    • Wow, the violin? That’s like the hardest string instrument to play isn’t it??? Hardcore. *fistbump* Oh cmon, youre ONLY 25! You’ve got 8 years on me! By the time youre my age, you’ll be awesome!

      • Yes violin. And I never knew what I got into until I started doing the scales. I thought I was a very patient person until I started learning to play the instrument (it taught me how to be REALLY patient). It’s been more than a year and I know it’s still a LONG way to go before I could say I can play it. But hey the journey is the reward.

  37. Welcome aboard to spaceship Music. it’s a whole different world here, where time is meaningless, where enjoying the process is where it’s at, and where loving doing Music is the only reason you need to do it.

    • Thanks capitan! (to keep with the spaceship theme) (muy capitan, muy capitan… baa-ba-bamba… sorry that just popped into my head) And you’re right the process of learning is a helluva lot of fun. I’m actually a little afraid that once I get good enough to play a couple of songs I’l lose this drive to just play and play… keep your fingers crossed!

  38. integrityisyou

    Good Luck!!! This is awesome! I have no musical talent although I do watch people playing the electric guitar and i imagine myself being able to awe people with how great i am! But.. never gonna happen lol

    • Well, I would be the last person to say I had musical talent, but as a lot of people on here say, sometimes you just have to give it a go, no matter what. I’ll confess something to you, I was actually a little bit scared to go inside the store and buy the guitar in the first place. What would the guys at the counter think? “whats this old dude doing buying a guitar?” Almost didn’t do it. It took me 3-4 goes of walking in and out, before I took the plunge. I just thought screw it, let them think whatever they want, I’m going to have a blast.

  39. Kreative Dragon

    Does Vera have anything to do with a reference to a TV show??? One that was short lived and greatly missed?

    And thanks for this, I’ve been on a really bad turn, and have been trying to get into music again, and I think this gave me the push i needed.

    • SHINY!

      You sir have just won yourself a lifetime subscriber and ALL of my internets. Of course there’s a further back story as to why I picked Vera, but THAT is something that I’m afraid will never be guessed call well it involves a lady friend, and I can’t say any more than that actually πŸ˜›

      I’m glad you’re taking music up again, and kinda humbled that my post got ya there. Keep strumming buddy!

  40. Wow, I can so relate. I did all the same stuff as a kid cheaply as posible. Drawing on anything i can find. Notebooks for writing. First musical instrument I got was a recorder because it wasnt too expensive. I learned a few songs but got discouraged by the more difficult note. I finally got a cheapo guitar. I think Ive had it for 12 years. I still cant do more than pick a couple sinple songs and bang on G.

    • LOL! A recorder! HAHAHAHAHA! Dear god, I had one of those! But it was for school and I never played it outside of school so I didn’t really count it. I hadn’t thought of that thing for ages. Thanks for jogging my (non-existant) memory! As long as you’re still playing after 12 years, is all good! I hope I can say the same πŸ™‚

  41. love this! I can relate to the attention span and the teaching oneself to play guitar.

  42. I LOVE this post. I am a musician and I love hearing about adults starting to play and appreciating it. And, by the way, I always name my instruments. After being loyal to one instrument for my whole life I took up another instrument a few years ago and it really changed my life. Anyway, rock on. I’m clapping for you!!!

    • And this post loves you! Seriously though, I love it when real musicians comment on this post, simply cause where you’re at is where I’d like to be at… at some point in the future. Don’t know when but hopefully I will, complete with pull-up helmet *grin*

  43. Love your work, I too am a guitar player who real musos would snigger at, but what the heck I love playing music. To infinity and beyond…

  44. I am also a quasi-musician, and I relate to what you wrote, even if I started playing guitar almost 15 years ago. I’m not as good as I should be, but I still love playing it! And I also named all my guitars, I don’t think it makes you “sad.” I think that after a while, you learn to love your guitar enough for the name to be worth it. It’s like your baby. I love my electric so much I had it tattooed on my hip.
    Keep on playing!

    • She is! When I went on my road trip to Sydney, I wanted to take photos of her on all the stops I made, but I think the crazy-o-meter of most people would have gone haywire as I leaned Vera over the gas pump and started taking pictures…

      • Bah! What the hell do they know? We love our guitars. And if people think we’re crazy because of it, they’re just jealous πŸ™‚

  45. Great post.
    This is really a good work. I appreciate your efforts behind that.
    Music will be my all life too.

  46. I love when music is so strong in someone’s life. It’s the way it should be πŸ™‚

  47. Music rocks! It is truly one of Mankind’s greatest creations – next to the Angus burger, of course…

  48. Great post! I picked up the bass several years ago since I had friends that played guitar and drums.. started jamming with them and loved it. Since then, I’ve also picked up the guitar and love it too. All those things you said you love about it are exactly what I felt too.. I guess those feelings are universal for people like us.
    After awhile, when you get the basics down, you may want to try jamming with someone else.. who plays any instrument.. I personally find it very fun.. but it’s not for all time, sometimes you just need to hang out alone with your guitar and channel your emotions. Welcome to the world of music!

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  50. musicaffection

    Fun blog entry! It’s also the complete opposite of me. Started with instruments, moved to art, now attempting to write (not very well but I am trying). Dancing…never an option unless their is liquid courage involved! Regardless…music soothes the soul and kudos to you for discovering it. Life without music would be a sad place!

  51. Beautiful post. Music is the greatest therapy to me. There has never been a hardship in my life that wasn’t eased after “getting lost” in playing music, as you say. Learn a few chords on guitar and piano, along with the words to your favorite songs, or your OWN songs, and you have the recipe for hours of awesomeness. Play on!

  52. stephendent11

    Whether you look like an idiot in the process or not, its awesome that you are trying. I run a charity consulting website, so I am always looking for new ways to help people give, and I think you just found one of the best ways! How amazing would it feel to donate your time teaching children in need how to play an instrument?!

  53. Hooray for music!
    I’m a writer, dancer and musician myself, and I do quite a lot of art at the moment, so I can relate to a lot here. Art is ridiculously expensive. My family is musical and always it was musical instrument lessons that sent us on holiday to Sussex (a one hour drive) instead of Scotland; Wales instead of Italy… you know the sort of thing. That was the sacrifice.
    And I’m a writer and a dancer above a musician, because I’ll write for hours, dance for hours, but you won’t catch me practicing the violin for hours (the novelty has worn off after almost ten years, I think…)! Even so, despite finding it a bit of a drain on time and money I couldn’t bear to give it up. It’s so much a part of who I am.
    Plus, I name instruments (and everything else – even the kettle). You’re not that weird. Yet.
    Good luck with your guitar playing!

  54. Welcome to the music world! I hope you will keep playing, keep joyfully celebrating. . . and most of all, keep loving and embracing it! “Music is the portal to the soul, and the language of angels”.
    Congrats on being FP. Your post certainly resonates with many people. – MoSop

  55. Isn’t music great? Congrats! As a child I wanted more than anything to play the fiddle. My mom bought me a guitar and said “once you master the guitar, we’ll get you a fiddle.” To this day I have never mastered the guitar so at age 30 I bought myself a fiddle and some lessons and have been playing ever since and lovin’ every minute of it!

    Enjoy the music!

  56. Love your writing style πŸ™‚ makes me giggle πŸ™‚
    And….. MUSIC IS WHAT MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND…I say, go for it. There is no better way of expressing yourself!
    We have just launched our new band….check us out http://www.reverbnation.com/unsunglilly
    Good luck with it πŸ™‚ xx

  57. Sounds like you found a passion…better late than never!!

    • I know! I can’t seem to let Vera go… every time I;m drifitng off to sleep I keep thinking maybe I should just practice that chord set one more time. Even now as I type this, I want to go home and start practicing! Argh. I’m obsessed.

  58. I love trying new things out and enjoy losing myself … and yes my attention span is very short too (see my blog, short entries πŸ™‚ ) But anyway thanks for sharing and I’m getting myself a cardboard box as we speak … think i may attach my skates to it to amp up the speed.

    • Skates + Cardboard box + bottlerockets = you’re a freaking genius!!!

      As for your blog entries they’re not THAT short, and they’re brilliantly written, you just don’t have verbal diarrhea is all (is verbal the right word? since its written word? ARGH see… I’m rambling…). And yup you are now being stalked… err i mean followed πŸ˜›

      • Oh thanks … enjoy the stalking and hopefully I’ll find more about the kind of fuel those rockets need … I mean we do all have natural gases a s a resorce

      • Thanks so much … and while I’m at it been contemplating the use of natural gases to speed that rocket up, after all we do have our own to fall back on :0

  59. Princess Stomper

    I know exactly what you mean. Damn – I need to dig out my guitar again.

  60. 111 comments, how will you ever get to mine lol.

    It’s awesome that you’ve found love in a hopeless place(let’s be fair, you must really suck at the guitar, I know I would and I wanted to use that sad excuse for a connection to Rihanna’s song, forgive me)

    Anyways, this better not be lust or puppy love, I’ll be checking in a few months to make sure Vera is getting her just deserved love.

  61. the voice inside my head was screaming ‘this is so me…this is so me’ while i was reading this post!! i could relate to it so much!!! cheers!

  62. Rock on! You are a champion……..of the world!

  63. Great article, and best of luck learning how to play. I had to relearn after have a couple of strokes.

    For me, I decided that I would start posting my favorite guitar licks with the hope they would be useful to others who were learning. Something I would have loved when I first started to play in the late 60’s.

    If interested, please check them out. Some of them are easier than others, but I’ve included tablature for each to make them easier to learn.
    Either way, again, best of luck. Richard
    http://guitarlicksandtabs.com/

  64. This is awesome, and makes me want to bust out my clarinet again. Keep trying, I’m sure you will get good at it πŸ™‚ And always be on the lookout for opportunities to play with other people, that is a fun experience as well. Congrats on Freshly Pressed!

  65. Just read your blog on music. My you have been busy. Very impressive stuff! I’m just a starter.

  66. This is rather Inspiring; I do hope other people thinking of engaging in music have a chance to read this!

    Music definitely enables one to be free and express the Inexpressible. I play a couple of instruments and it feels very fulfilling when you start to sound good and, ultimately, succeed. Also, music gives you focus in life. I know some people who owe their accomplishments to music as it has kept them on the right track.

    I strongly encourage you to continue your musical endeavors!

    Cheers!

    BTW, I really enioyed your poetic description of falling leaves in Autumn.

  67. Hahaha, love this! Every time I try my luck on the guitar, I try pouring out all my feelings into it, once when I was an emotional child I imagined my crush sitting in front and watching me, and trust me that shit WORKS. But, while I’m no professional, my music doesn’t hurt people’s ears anymore. So Yay! πŸ˜€
    and good luck with all the practice, I’m sure with that kind of enthusiasm, you’ll go far πŸ˜€ There IS no age for art πŸ˜€

  68. First time visitor. Great post. I started learning the Banjo a couple of years ago, am still trying and trying……………………and trying. Its hard going with so much else going on and families tend to get fed up hearing the same tune over and over again. Keep it up though, someday…..:-)

  69. The music is always relaxing.

  70. You totally sound like an all-rounder now adays! i love the fact that you just give everything and anything ago! And have a big ole dirty passion for it! your writing abilities are extra cool and i actually really enjoyed reading this piece. It made me grin and smile a bit! I’m even thinking about getting my old keyboard out! Good stuff! dads been pushing at it for years!!! πŸ™‚

  71. Go on Dude…sure you would be on top someday…

  72. Your enthusiasm is amazing. Of course you should keep trying, I mean if you won’t try, you will never know. I liked the post and wish you luck :))

  73. Woah comment galor (yeah I was curious so I went back to check) :p

  74. You go, dude! Love your blog title…and congrats on Fresh Press!

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