I used to be probably under ten years old. They were struggling, scarcity minded, hard working folks who weren’t convinced I would actually practice or stick with it. So they gave me a Roy Rogers special cowboy guitar, made out of cardboard.
It took me almost fifty years to get over it.
But as of late I like attracting guitars and playing guitars. I am fortunate enough to know musicians as well as guitar teachers. Weekly lessons with Guitar Monk Mathew Dixon are a blast. Talking music with guitarist Pat O’Bryan is always enlightening. And meeting luthiers (guitar makers) is also educational and inspiring.
Recently I met Mark Erlewine. This luthier made guitars for each rock star I’ve ever admired, including Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill of ZZ Top, Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, Johnny Winter, Don Felder, Joe Walsh of the Eagles, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffet, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Squier, Bruce Springsteen — and the list goes on (!).
Seems Mark has a little shop in Austin, Texas, which isn’t far from my home. I went to see him someday to check out a Mark Erlewine invention actor Michael J. Fox used within the famed movie Back to the future: a travel-sized electric guitar called a Chiquita.
Side note: I really like travel guitars. I’ve several, including a pride and joy called a TommyHawk, which was made for me in 1996 by the late Tom Barth. Only 300 were ever made. One went into the Smithsonian in 1997. I would like another, when you come across one.
I went to Mark’s shop. He’s a soft spoken, gentle, humble man. He did not explain the gold record on the wall. He did not brag about all the photos on his walls of famous rock stars playing his guitars. Instead, I asked to see the Chiquita and he showed it to me. I loved it and bought it. But I didn’t stop there.
Now that I am attracting new guitars, I am always on the look out for the guitar with magic powers. The one which plays itself. The one that makes me sound better than what I am. I started to believe Mark could possibly be the inventor of the Harry Potter guitar – the one that turns me into a shredding wizard with the guitar as my magic wand.
So I looked around Mark’s shop. He had a couple display cases. In one hung a guitar that seemed alive. Its soul was calling me. The flame top seemed to whisper my nick-name, Mr. Fire.
I asked to see that guitar.
Mark made it within the 1980s, the body out of one block of wood and the neck out of Brazilian rosewood. It has a whammy bar on the front and a sustain plate on the back of the neck. I played it and loved it.
I now own that guitar, too.
What are the lessons here?
First, give your kids what they need. Had I started playing the guitar when I was seven, I would be far better at playing today at almost fifty-seven. But my father wanted me to play the accordion. He bought me a kind of. He paid for lessons for me, too. But I wanted to play the guitar.
Two, go for what you want. Too many individuals settle. They settle for what they think is feasible rather than stretching and persisting. If you really want to be something or do something, do not give up or settle for less. Hold to the dream. I am taking guitar lessons today to bring to life my dream of playing from earlier days. I’m going for what I want. Childhood dreams do come true.
Three, have fun. I’m delighted to be at a place in my life where I can take time off to have a look at cars or guitars. I still do my work, after all. I am still more productive and prolific than the average ‘Joe”. I still practice the seven steps in Attract Money Now. I still donate to worthy causes. But I also take care of me.
How about you?
Who are you taking good care of as of late?
What dreams remain alive in you – waiting for you to says YES to them?
What did you need to have, do or be as a child that could be fun to experience today?
What are you waiting for?
You may at the least begin right now.