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Picking up my Guitar (and Getting back to Me)

Close-up of guitar strings in the sunshine.I picked up my guitar today.

I don’t really know how to play it.

My parents gave it to me for my 21st birthday. I’d been taking lessons for a couple of years then, but once I got accepted to theatre school, I quit the lessons. I set the guitar aside, and didn’t play again for the next 20 years.

But I never got rid of it — either for sentimental reasons, or because I thought maybe I’d pick it up again. I don’t know.

There’ve been a lot of things I’ve quit and never picked up again. [Here’s one.]

I recently watched an old interview clip with Elliott Smith, where he talked about his love for music, and how he just played for himself, because it brought him joy.

I think that’s why I picked it up. Out of a need to get back to me.

It felt really good to sit there quietly, strumming what few chords I could remember, piecing together the faded memories from lessons learned long ago, and filling my house with the sound.

And now my fingers are sore.

I like that.

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5 comments on “Picking up my Guitar (and Getting back to Me)

  1. dnorman
    October 3, 2014

    HOORAY FOR SORE FINGERS! Evan’s learning – taking lessons for almost 2 years. wow. the kid is getting GOOD. way better than his old man ever was/will be. So amazing to see him play with confidence now, and to hear the improvements over time. music is good for the soul.

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    • kim faires
      October 4, 2014

      ’tis good for the soul. I might keep this up. Maybe take a few more lessons. Fuck around. Keep filling my house (and soul) with the sound of it. :)

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      • dnorman
        October 4, 2014

        I still can’t play for shit. Doesn’t matter. Turn up the Fuzz, crank it up and make some noise! :-)

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        • kim faires
          October 4, 2014

          You rule. Are you disappointed in me for crashing on the 365?

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          • dnorman
            October 4, 2014

            Never. Do it if you feel like it. Stop if it’s not fun. Pressure sucks the joy out of it. Same with guitar.

            You rock.

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