Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Empty Nest Discovery #36: This Here Guitar's Not Going To Play Itself

Guitar #1, originally uploaded by grange85.
I haven't played guitar in 10 years. Every now and then, I feel something that I can't articulate with words alone and I want to pick up my guitar, but it's been so long, and I'm so out of practice, I know I wouldn't be able to make it say what I'm feeling, so I leave it sit.

Recently, I took my guitar out and set it up in the middle of my living room so that I would have to look at it every day. The hope was that I would eventually pick it up and play it.

Today I did. From the sounds I made, you wouldn't have guessed that I ever played. It was horribly frustrating. The feelings I want to express are so much more sophisticated than my guitar-playing ability (if we can call it that). Looks like me and that guitar are going to have to get reacquainted.


Elizabeth Weiland said...

A few years back I bought my son a beautiful guitar and it is a thing of beauty when he plays it. Last night I asked him to bring it to Thanksgiving dinner so that I can hear him play again - I don't think I've heard him play since he left for college 2.5 years ago. Looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner with him and his girlfriend. Hugs to you.

ShesAllWrite said...

Oh, you guys have fun! Is the girl kid going to be there too?

Warren said...

I am an accomplished musician and I too have trouble with this. I'm going through it now. I always seem to let life get in the way of life if that makes sense. I let things get in the way of practicing that aren't nearly as gratifying more important than that which I love. I'm glad I read this because it reminds me of something I need to do, play my guitar/

luvsnv said...

I love to crochet and do it in the winter. Moving the basket next to the couch increased my guilt at not doing it..,not my productivity! Lol