How soon we forget

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    • #4123

      Dee and I are starting our 4th week of  “Splendid isolation” ( truth be told we have made several trips to the Grocery store and to Ace Hardware) (also I went fishing one morning) and of course playing lots of guitar.

      I have been playing the H and the OM almost exclusively and once in awhile the F.

      This afternoon I brought out the 1934 Zorro for a bit of exercise….to be honest it has been a couple of months since I played it. It just boomed with a clarity I can only describe as “Grand Piano in a tiled room”….. A pure loud that clarified into individual notes with huge sustain.

      I have to say that if I didn’t know better I would say that it has reached full maturity…….

      Richard told me it was a keeper…..No question it is.

      Matt H., it is sending signals to ships at sea with clarity.

      1993 Martin HD-28 IR/Sitka
      2001 SCGC F Cutaway Maple/German
      2008 SCGC OT Madi/Italian
      2015 SCGC OM “The Tree” Hog/ European
      2016 SCGC 1934 D45 Braz/ Adi
      2016 Taylor K62 CE Limited Edition 12 string all Koa
      2019 SCGC FTC Granadillo/Redwood
      Life is a journey…not a guided tour,
      The Bay,The Gulf Stream , The Open Ocean are particular about who they share their secrets with.

    • #4124

      Great story Zorro,

      I’m finding a wonderful gratitude for all the gifts that I have been blessed with in my life, my wife, music, travel, great food, amazing friends, creativity, music (sorry, I did I say music twice?), my dogs, where I am blesses to live…….. there is so much ugly around all of us, it’s a great time to look at what we all have on all levels, that brings a big smile to my face. I pray we all make it through this, make your circles in the world small, protect yourself, stay in your neighborhoods, wash your hands, help your neighbors where you can, look for the good, it’s there and it’s precious.

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      Matt Hayden

      I’m in a similar place – playing and being thankful for being healthy.

      And yes, the Zorro dread is channeling Edward R Murrow and sending out signals –  “Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea”.

      My OM’s been getting played. I am working from home and spending waaaaaaay too much time doing so – I mean, 12+ hour days 6 days a week – but otoh I’m still getting paid, so all good there.

      We’re washing hands and groceries and sitting in the yurt of an evening when there’s time with a glass of wine and a guitar.   Hoping that there’s a vaccine that works soon…..when the crisis lifts, it’s time for a jam.




    • #4129

      We’ve been told to continue in confinement until 11 May when France will enter a new phase.  In the mean time production of materials like gloves, masks, face shields, hazmat suits, etc will increase.
      After 11 May masks will be mandatory for a time in public, schools will reopen gradually, and businesses will do the same.

      The kids now have a date to which they can look forward (if all goes well here), a date at which they can seriously think about seeing their friends, their French grandparents, and my wife’s brother’s family.

      I’ll be looking for work because I resigned from my job effective 21 April.  (I won’t bore you with the details, but I will say don’t work for people who vote against their own business interests and those of their employees. It never ends well.)

      In the mean time I am studying French every morning and living every waking moment with my family.  It is an amazing gift for which I am grateful.

      I’m trying to upgrade the daily FB live video, but failed miserably today.  Apparently the browser can see only the mic OR the instrument through my Tone Port UX-1, though iMovie and Garageband can see both.
      Looking into a Blue Snowball or Yeti.

      Been playing the Fender FM-988 lately.  It desperately needs a set-up and new strings but it has a most lovely tone.

      Stay well everyone!

    • #4130

      I offer these lyrics by Jackson Browne, it sums it all up for me, each word is from the soul

      For A Dancer

      Keep a fire burning in your eye
      Pay attention to the open sky
      You never know what will be coming down
      I don’t remember losing track of you
      You were always dancing in and out of view
      I must’ve thought you’d always be around
      Always keeping things real by playing the clown
      Now you’re nowhere to be found
      I don’t know what happens when people die
      Can’t seem to grasp it as hard as I try
      It’s like a song I can hear playing right in my ear
      But I can’t sing
      I can’t help listening
      I can’t help feeling stupid standing ’round
      Crying is they ease you down
      ‘Cause I know that you’d rather we were dancing
      Dancing our sorrow away
      (Right on Dancing)
      No matter what fate chooses to play
      (There’s nothing you can do about it anyway)
      Just do the steps that you’ve been shown
      By everyone you’ve ever known
      Until the dance becomes your very own
      No matter how close to yours
      Another’s steps have grown
      In the end there is one dance you’ll do alone
      Keep a fire for the human race
      Let your prayers go drifting into space
      You never know what will be coming down
      Perhaps a better world is drawing near
      Just as easily it could all disappear
      Along with whatever meaning you might have found
      Don’t let the uncertainty turn you around
      (The world keeps turning around and around)
      Go on and make a joyful sound
      Into a dancer you have grown
      From a seed somebody else has thrown
      Go on ahead and throw some seeds of your own
      And somewhere between the time you arrive
      And the time you go
      May lie a reason you were alive
      That you’ll never know

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