Would you play it for me? The man with the expensive Hair asked politely. He bought guitars But doesn't play them. Someone, somewhere Had carved out a Cutaway at the neck Ruining its value. "It's not worth much. Just a curio" He offered me the guitar. It was beautiful Thick necked Flat frets Deep body S Cutaway Open tuners Sounded Perfect Like tobacco And Brandy And the gravel On the driveway Like the Deepest blue On the darkest Night And the sound Of Ella Fitzgerald And Billie Holliday Telling me about Strange Fruit And society's Shame. It sounded The herald For little John Conqueroo And Old Father Time And Muddy Waters And deep red Thunderbird wine. It sounded like Woody, Lomax And Leadbelly. It sounded like A world Before Color telly. My fingers stumbled Over boxcar doors And Gaslight nights And Dylan's first Encore. They tripped and Tumbled Out of backdoors Running away From husbands, Gamblers and Whores. They sped away Lightly As we all know Time flies, They hesitated In the '60s. They paused For guitar straps Of twine. Sweetly Softly Freely given: A guitar that Saw some to hell And others to Heaven. And now it's all Dying Like good stories Do, Now it sounds Like it is sighing And a lighter Shade of blue. Now that it has Started Progressed And ended, The old guitar Still cries Though it has Been Lovingly Mended.
Lovely poetry 💕
I need to dig out my guitar and learn to play. It is sooo lonely in the closet. I keep saying someday when I have the time. But the time never seems to be available.
It really isn’t hard to learn how to play a few chords! I hope you do!
The old guitarist in me sings.
A number of different instruments, yes — when my arthritis lets me. I do some DAW-based sequencing these days to make up for the fact that my fingers have become gnarled roots.
My favorite instrument in my collection is a Wechter 12-string acoustic (although my old Jasmine/Takamini 6-string got loved hard back in the day).
I have a homemade bass, a couple of electric guitars and a newer Roland Juno-alpha keyboard. As I said, however, I lean towards virtual instruments these days — mostly trying to make them sound like real instruments, if the style of music allows for it.
I have a guild acoustic. My arthritis looks a bit ugly but doesn’t cause me too many problems playing. I have never played a 12 string. I’ll link you to some of my songs and bore you at some point. Ild like to hear what you are up to musically.
Here’s a mixed bag of old and new can be found here. Some snippets, some experiments, some “finished” pieces. All walks of genres, from folk to punk to early goth/post-punk to electronica/experimental.
It sounds better if you’re REALLY bored.
I used to tell people when we performed that we sounded better when I was drunk (sober now), and spectacular when THEY were drunk.
😁 I am on the wagon, but will raise a joint to you later and listen. Thank you for sharing!
https://soundcloud.com/detroit-richards-539793049 Here is my spoken word stuff…
Love the sense of rhythm you give the pieces I’ve listened too. Fantastic! I’d like to maybe share a piece on my own site, if you don’t mind me doing so.
I’m trying to place your voice — it has a flavor the seems familiar in a way I can’t quite place.
Thanks for sharing. I’ll give them all a listen when I’m not supposed to be *ahem* working. 😉
Yes, that would be great. Thank you so much Michael. I have been doing more spoken word than music recently. The accent is all over the place, it has been ruined by decades of moving around. It’s sounding more Californian recently I think, I can’t even hear it anymore! Im looking forwards to turning up the speakers and listening to your music later on too.
Velvet Underground/Lou Reed inspired? Love it.
I love Lou. I want to be Lou. I am nowhere near the musician that I am the spoken word artist, I know, but I do love playing.
You’re close enough that I could pick up the influence, so I’d consider that a win. <3
A hugely flattering win! I just have to work on the off beat cool and that sardonic sneer…Thank you
https://soundcloud.com/b-r-361900960 More musical stuff…