In elementary school I played the recorder. I was so good at it that my music teacher essentially took me under his wing for 3 or so years. I joined band and did that and loved it. Then In grade 6? I closed that chapter. In grade 7 middle school I was introduced to an acoustic guitar in general music class. I knew I was going to play one and I was very excited to. My music teacher handed a guitar out to everyone in the class and we practiced. Again, I shined. I was the best in my class. I fucking loved it! I was sad to put it down when we moved onto a new instrument. Years later in my adulthood...I remember my love and skill I had for the guitar so I went to Long & McQuade on Terminal and bought a $400 acoustic guitar and hard case. I played it for a month learning notes and chords. I was excited again. But then I just stopped playing it. I didn't have the drive to dedicate enough time to learn it. I live next door to a musician. He said to come get lessons from him when I get it. Well, I didn't because I'm not paying whatever he wanted to charge me. We live in YouTube world and all my favorite rock stars were self taught. I'd prefer to do what the guitar rock gods did in the beginning and learn on your own. It's the strumming and switching of chords that's difficult and will take time to learn and get faster at. One day I will learn it. Music is in my soul. I have to bring it out again.
The Georgia Straight: A 50th Anniversary Celebration Book
This beautifully produced coffee-table book brings together over 100 of Georgia Straight's iconic covers, along with short essays, insider details and contributor reflections, putting each of these issues of the publication into its historical context.