I think I was 15 when dad bought me my first guitar. It was a typical six-string guitar, and one I wanted so badly to learn on. The difficulty was...well, the difficulty in playing, and not knowing anybody else who could give me pointers. I also didn't have much beyond the initial exercise books to … Continue reading Remembering Inspiration, or, Who Really Made Me Want to Play Guitar…
I couldn't figure out what exactly bothered me so much about the notion that according to Christian thought, we're all born as sinners and have to be redeemed (even though the sin we're begging forgiveness for seems to have happened millennia before we were born). I'd been trying to put this confusion into words all … Continue reading One of my confusions regarding humans as “born with a sinful nature” (or whatever the heck you call it)…
Welp, not gonna turn out the way I thought. What I figured might be a bad twisted ankle that just needed icing and resting the rest of the night kept me awake every time I moved it. So I sucked it up and went to a local E.R.--bad sprain. When I described what happened to … Continue reading Personal Promises, Making Changes, and Murphy’s Law, PART 2.
My Copy: 9780785808725 (image from abebooks.uk.com, different design from what's available today) I've had this book on my shelf for roughly fifteen years, and hadn't so much as cracked it open til this week. I suppose there was a reason for that. I had to struggle to hit the 100 page benchmark before giving up. … Continue reading Essential Tibetan Buddhism, by Robert A.F. Thurman
This is sort of a question, only because I've heard a whole bunch of differing opinions on this topic. I bought a ton of picks for my various string instruments (I heard they get lost super easily, and that doesn't surprise me at all) over the past year. However, I've recently heard from a bunch … Continue reading Fingers or Pick? The best way to learn guitar for the absolute beginner…
I'm almost sick of looking at them on my table. I had to take the sticker gum off most of the books and let them dry before I could stick a new library label on each spine. Yeah, it takes work to save money with books, and the goo gone and cotton balls in the … Continue reading Why I Can’t Stop Buying Books: A Theory
My Copy: 9780684829579 (image from bn.com) I had a hard time getting through this slim volume because there was just so much to it. The writing style is pretty lofty for those who aren't expecting it, and the first few pages could throw you for a loop. I still got sucked in anyway, because it … Continue reading The Empty Space, A book about the theatre: Deadly, Holy, Rough, Immediate, by Peter Brook
Ah, thank you, Minions, for reminding me why I'd never let a metal-loving six-year-old borrow any of my guitars. I gotta admit, I was wondering if this Sunday was going to turn into every other Sunday for the past few months, where by now I'd be laying in bed with a headache actually wishing Monday … Continue reading Sunday Going Right: progress toward a real training plan for piano & guitar.
Yes, it's slow going reading through the Bible. I'm almost regretting reading through both versions of the book, but not because I'm being challenged, but rather I'm getting more frustrated. I'd tried to study the Bible before, at least half a dozen times. I didn't really have good questions to ask a pastor or anything … Continue reading #092–What is it that allows some people to dismiss modern facts in favor of the Bible without question?
That right up there is my newest guitar...and it's a freaking beauty. And as far as I'm concerned, it's my LAST guitar...unless somebody just up and gives me one for some reason later. I've got plenty of instruments right now, so I think I'll just keep to what I've got and put the rest on … Continue reading It’s time to stop collecting & start practicing…or else, what’s the point?