There is this regular customer named Susan who I talk with a lot when she is in the store. I recently found out more interesting things about her….she told me that she plays banjo! I love it! I have such a soft spot for musicians….especially is they play music that I love. And I love me some banjo music. Anyway, the last time I saw her I told her I would give her a gift. Now I am at work…and out of the corner of my eye I see her walk in the front door. I rush back to my locker and grab the CD. As I come out of the backroom she is right there. “Here ya go!” I say. I made her a CD of William Elliott Whitmore’s latest CD ‘Field Song’….It is still one of my favorites! Oh, and I also included about 6 of my cover songs on the CD. I tell her about it and she really likes it. She says ‘This just made my day’. I am super psyched. She seems pretty cool…and I totally want to hear her play banjo. I have this crazy idea of organizing a talent show. Hmmm. Maybe that will be my next project.
This painting is about the imaginative quality of music. It takes and transports the listener to other worlds. As a musician music is like a language that all other musicians speak. I have jammed with so many people…and one thing that is for certain. No matter the skill level, genre of music, timing, etc. I can find a common groove with other musicians and we can use that to communicate. It is seriously magical. Some of the best times were when I wouldn’t even have to say anything….and everyone that was playing moved through the music together. Equals. All contributing to the groove. A big telepathic playground. Notes and melodies all flowing so freely. Music is art, therapy, family, aggression, stress release, and life itself all in one. I am so glad I have spent so many days practicing guitar, ukulele, drums, etc. I know how to play a lot of instruments….some of them not so good. But good enough. Kind of like only speaking a little bit of Spanish. The other musicians could catch my drift and roll on. I need more time to play music. Soon I hope. Take care.