Sunday, February 08, 2009

The Uses of Sorrow

[ from inward/outward ]

Mary Oliver

Someone I loved once gave me
a box full of darkness.

It took me years to understand
that this, too, was a gift.

Source: Thirst


Saturday, February 07, 2009

First Faded Jeans, Now Road Worn Guitars

Guitars with more than a few miles on them exude a captivating mojo and mystique that musicians find irresistible. Every scratch, ding, and dent is like a badge of honor, earned through considerable sweat, passion, and determination. It's almost like the harder you push your instrument, the more it gives back, rewarding players with ever-increasing comfort and playability.

Think of a great Fender® guitar player or bassist and chances are you'll also think of their well-worn and loved instruments. From Stevie Ray Vaughan's Number One Stratocaster® with only remnants of its original sunburst finish remaining on its body to Andy Summers' highly modified and battered Telecaster®, these guitars reflect the players' personalities and experiences in every scar and blemish. These are the reliable old friends that players like Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, and John Frusciante (wins the prize for wear and tear) count upon gig after gig and session after session even though they could afford to buy a shiny new guitar every day if they wanted.

If you're not into beat up guitars, how about $150 for a pair for jeans that have been blasted with a shotgun? Only in America.