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A calling

A couple of weeks ago, I had a dream that I was playing the bass guitar.

I tried playing six-string guitar when I was 40, taking lessons for three years. I didn't want to play lead; I just wanted to play rhythm. But I didn't progress as quickly as I would have liked, which meant I didn't practice the way I should have, which slowed my progress, etc. I eventually gave the lessons up and gave my equipment away.

I love music so much, though, that sometime before I die I want to make music. I don't want to play in a band; I just want an activity to get lost in for an hour or so at a time. So I'm going to borrow a bass from my musically talented nephew and have a go at lessons. When I started thinking about this idea, I asked myself what the point was. After all, I'm 58. But try as I might, I haven't been able to talk myself out of it.

Besides, the bass has two fewer strings than a guitar. That's got to help.


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Dec. 14th, 2012 05:41 am (UTC)
The point is, you want to and it would make you happy to learn. 58 is just an excuse to talk yourself out of it.
Dec. 14th, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
Why would you want to talk yourself out of doing something for the fun of it? That's the only thing here that doesn't seem to have a point. Go on, have some fun for fun's sake!

One of the gifts our oldest is asking for for Christmas is a harmonica - a very specific one: Suzuki Manji M-20 Professional Diatonic 10-Hole Blues Harmonica, Key of A - and I think this will be the 3rd or 4th harp in his collection. I've never heard him play, but I'm hoping he does and that it brings him great pleasure. I doubt he's planning to hit the road with Warren Haynes any time soon, but I'll bet that's something he dreams about. Would you tell him there's no point? I'll bet not.
Dec. 14th, 2012 02:12 pm (UTC)
I would tell Scott to chase his dreams while he's still young and fearless—and I would tell him he won't realize how fearless he is now until he's 20 years or so down the road.
Dec. 14th, 2012 02:15 pm (UTC)
You're right: Although he was not a bassist, John Lee Hooker had a rich career even after he was older than I am now.

Boogie chillun.
Dec. 14th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
I called my nephew last night and made arrangements to borrow his bass for a while, so I'm going to go through with this. Look out, Jack Bruce.
Dec. 14th, 2012 03:10 pm (UTC)
Jack Bruce
Here ya go -- you can start tonight.


Tomorrow you'll be amazing your friends.
Dec. 14th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Jack Bruce
Very cool stuff. Thanks!
Dec. 14th, 2012 05:52 am (UTC)
Anita_margarita said very well what I was thinking. So I'll just say I agree with her.
Dec. 14th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Full speed ahead - call today to schedule those classes.
Dec. 14th, 2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
That's the plan.
Dec. 15th, 2012 04:38 am (UTC)
Mr. Tanner
Mr. Tanner by Harry Chapin is a song about a Midwestern dry cleaner who possesses a beautiful baritone voice that is the rage for all the local townspeople. He is convinced to go to the big time and the critics are brutal. But... Mr. Tanner has a perspective on his talent which Chapin deftly uses in the refrain.

But music was his life, it was not his livelihood,
and it made him feel so happy and it made him feel so good.
And he sang from his heart and he sang from his soul.
He did not know how well he sang; It just made him whole

When my son graduated from high school my parent quote in his year book read, "Music and life are very much alike...when you put your fingers on the strings of both...play what you feel!"-Holiday
Dec. 15th, 2012 01:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Mr. Tanner
That's where I am: I just want to play.
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)
That's the coolest bits of news I've heard this month!
Dec. 15th, 2012 08:38 pm (UTC)
We'll see how it goes.
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