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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Cheap Trills, Feb 22, 2020.
I just really like it. Learning a new thing can be a little tedious, but jamming is great.
Less than you can possibly imagine.
If I see my guitar, and I'm not on my way to the bathroom, I pick it up.
A strange old woman put a curse on me a long, long time ago. If I ever stop playing, I will immediately cease to exist.
It’s exhausting, but man! You should see my calluses!
I play because I can and it's given me joy since 1968.
A desire to not be in the world, if only for a few minutes.
I do it for two basic reasons: to hear what I have mastered, and as I finally get something just right... that first couple of times, man, that is worth all the hours... a couple of weeks ago, I played through most of Joe Walsh's 'You can't argue with a sick mind' and I was amazed at how much I remembered... that record is the result of recording a Don Kirshner show, which I watched as a kid... great band (including Don Felder)
I quote the OldDude2. Since 1960 here. If I can make music I need little else for entertainment. My family gives the rest.
My motivation to play out is the need to perform.
I don't want to play in a basement with friends any more than an actor wants to perform a play in a basement with friends.
My desire to practice guitar and get better basically comes from a sometimes-debilitating dissatisfaction with my current skill level.
The only thing that can quiet the CONSTANT music in my head is to play out loud. Right now, Bryan Ferry's version of Will You Love Me Tomorrow? has been on perpetual rotation for the past several hours. I REALLY like the song, and him doing it, but sometimes enough's enough. Sometimes the music "up there" varies and changes, and it's very pleasant, but sometimes it disrupts a conversation or train of thought. But, when I'm PLAYING....especially for an audience, it can become my whole reason for being. That sounds very pretentious, and I hate that.....I suspect many of you guys are much the same way.....we have to eat, breath, sleep and, sometimes, play music. As I've said before, it's just something some of us are given, like blue eyes, nice teeth, or pleasant personalities.....probably some kind of roulette wheel.
2 words...joy, fun
interesting this question came up now...
just last night, I had an instance of insight into why I play. i was watching a video from the '70s of Al Stewart and his band playing "time passages". I love Al Stewart. and there came a guitar solo. on the stage were 3 electric guitarists: a tele, a strat, and a guy playing a Les Paul. the LP played a bit of a solo then went into chords. and you could hear that paul on those chords, not metal heavy or anything, just good and fat. that 3 or 4 seconds out of that video carried me back to being 16 for a few seconds. seeing that cool looking guy playing that cool looking guitar - that infected me, way back then.
I've actually tried to "quit" playing, like a bad habit. the cure never takes.
others took up golf or bass fishing. i'm the fool who got stuck with the guitar.
I'm addicted to playing, like cigarettes and iced coffee. It brings me much pleasure and seeing as i'm lazy I would hate to stop and be faced with having to put in the time and effort to get my chops back again because I know I would pick it up again at some point.
The little bursts of improvement I make from time to time and the satisfaction it brings playing something I couldn't previously play makes it all worth it.
the money.... all that sweet sweet moola
well.... that and the fame
Because it's fun?
I don't know. There's a lot of bands and guitarists I like but no one makes the exact music I want to hear. So I try to do it myself.
I no longer play in bands and I had to take a long time off for health reasons, but one of the most amazing things to me about playing again is how it resets my head. After playing for a few hours I'm calm inside, grounded, and I feel like myself in a deep, very relaxed way. It's meditative.
It would feel funny if I didn't
Canto, ergo sum.
I play therefore I am.
Its been my driving force since day one.