I’m always searching for things to inspire me. Whether it be a new way of thinking or a new way to do something, I’m constantly searching. In this recent case though, I found a new inspiration in an old guitar I have been separated from for years. And I literally mean years. I think it has been about seven or so by my count. It’s a simple guitar, an old Alvarez acoustic. I bought it brand new for only a few hundred bucks or so, but it was one of the best guitars I’ve owned in my years as a musician. Now, I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and I’m…well I’m not going get into that, but it’s been a while. Anyways, this was a guitar that traveled with me from solo jams on the couch to weekend excursions in the Berkshires, but one of the more frequent places to play was my buddy Lucky’s house. Yup! That’s right his name is Lucky and it’s not even a nickname! It’s Lucky!
So, after countless jams over a few beers at his house or after beers at the bar with the numerous different characters/musicians that would find themselves there, we had a great idea to leave my old friend at his place. The deal was I would take his mandolin in trade for the while my Alvarez would have a new home. At that time, I’m sure I had more than one guitar and I knew a mandolin would be a cool instrument to learn. Mandolins are tuned in fifths, the same tuning as violins, and I thought that we be interesting to know how to play. Good trade, right? Wrong. It did not work out to be as great as I thought and I was down one favorite guitar. As time went on, the jam sessions faded as did the appeal of playing the mandolin. I didn't see Lucky as much and the mandolin didn't see the light of day out of its coffin like case and into my hands. And as life tends to happen, circumstances change forcing us to move on, figuratively and literally. What I’m trying to say is Lucky and I lost touch for years shortly after that and I was left only to think back fondly about my old friend.
However, in sake of not making a long story longer, we ended up finding one another again over the last year! We would always make plans to trade back our long lost instruments, but somehow still I was still down one favorite guitar. Then, this past Tuesday, that all changed. We finally met up and made the trade: I got my Alvarez back (Woohoo!). And this takes me full circle to the whole point of this post. I love playing guitar and, more often than not, I find a good, well-crafted instrument that feels good and sounds good inspires me to play more! I’m talking about getting lost in the moment as time is only relative to the tempo of the beat and the strums. I mean sitting down for an hour just strumming and picking away to whatever flows out of my fingers. So now that I've just restrung my long lost love, I plan to be inspired daily and just get lost in the time with my old friend. This is something so simple that inspires me. I hope you can find something simple to inspire you. And if you can’t, you may want to try and find a new paradigm, then search again.
So, search on my friends! Be inspired!