Monday, September 01, 2008

My new girl

I know, I haven't been around here much. I have an excuse. Her name is Sophie, and I'm head over heels in love. I can't keep my hands off her.

She's a 2002 Fender Stratocaster. Basically, this is the guitar I daydreamed about near-constantly when I was 17 years old.

If this is a manifestation of my midlife crisis ... at least it's cheaper than a sports car. *grin*

Playing guitar is something that was absolutely central to my identity in my teens and early twenties, and off & on through my early thirties. I really haven't touched it in 10-15 years or so, though. But after the great, great Springsteen concerts I witnessed last week, I found myself absolutely inspired. I put new strings on my old Ovation acoustic and it felt really good to play, and then I decided to go shopping ... and Sophie's the result.

I had an electric guitar in high school, a little Gibson Melody Maker. I sold it when I was getting ready to go to college and needed money in a bad way; that's been one of my few real regrets in life. Now, almost 30 years later, I own an electric guitar again. Full circle.

Truth is, the years when I played guitar all the time were also a time when I wrote and wrote and wrote. So I'm hoping this will help me break through some creative roadblocks in my writing life, or give me some new ideas at least, as well as giving me another creative outlet to enjoy. I have no illusions of ever getting good enough to play for other people -- unlike the writing, the music is something I'm doing purely for myself at this point.

And it feels good. It feels soooooooooooooo good.

10 comments:

Collin said...

Rock on, Anne, rock on!

Karen said...

Sweet! Does that make Sophie's care and feeding a "business expense?" =)

Radish King said...

I love you baby, but not like I love my guitar.

Diane K. Martin said...

Hey, I think you can -- no, you should think in terms of performing with/for others. There's no harm in shooting for it -- and doing it.

Make a commitment! Go for broke! Why the hell not?!!

Anne said...

Ha, thanks guys -- I am enjoying her. :)

Karen -- don't I wish!

Diane -- nah. Actually, it is the healthiest thing in the world for me to pursue something creative just for the sake of enjoying it, and not with any thoughts of trying to get "good enough" or professionalizing it. I'm just playing right now, in every sense of the word, and that's really good for me.

mariegauthier said...

Oh, she's a beauty all right -- good for you, Anne! Rock on!

Lyle Daggett said...

A Fender, no less. Yes, it truly says Rock.

I agree, you should totally start a band. You could call it the Blooming Tones. (I know, it maybe reeks a little of 50's retro, but I think it works.)

Or, maybe, the E Street Librarians? :)

Jessie Carty said...

I've always wanted to play guitar! So jealous :)

Have fun.

And E Street Librarians? Awesome!

Emily A. Benton said...

hell yeah!

Brent Goodman said...

Keep on rockin' in the free world, girl! I've got a '91 strat, blond, and a fender twin reverb. Helped rock my way through college and a stint in a jazz/funk/boogaloo group in madison until 2001.

Enjoy enjoy!

Brent