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  1. A huge Musicians’ Gear warehouse used to be a 15 minute drive from me.  They helped supply all the GCs.  They had a retail store at one end of it that was awesome.  If they believed you were a serious shopper, they’d let you play any guitar they had.   Great used/new merchandise and the employees were fantastic.  Sweet bargains.  Top notch music people.  Some of them would work weekends at GC.  Two of the gals were covered with tattoos.  One had a Mohawk haircut and what-a-looker.  It was fun to shop there, especially when they knew you.  No mater how much you already knew, they could help you.  Those were good times that won’t be back.

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  2. My local GC (about a mile from here) has evolved into something with literally no resemblance at all to what it was around 17-18 years ago.   From knowledgeable sales folks, they now have teeny—boppers or “cool” people who don’t know their *** from a hole in the ground.  I’ll get strings there when they’re on sale, but I won’t spend big dollars there anymore.  I have no confidence in the in-store employees and definitely don’t need a “gear advisor.”

  3. 2 hours ago, duluthdan said:

    Geezer rock…I love it. 

    Sounds like they’re singing about the majority of us…lol……. I think if for some reason I can’t play, then next time I play I’m more excited about playing and kind of focus more on what I’m doing.  I’m kind of at that stage where I  can’t get any worse and there’s no-way-in-hell I can get any better.

  4. 42 minutes ago, DanvillRob said:

    I just want to be too old to die young!   (sounds like a song!).

     

    30 minutes ago, kidblast said:

    I think I'm there!!!!!!!!

     

    Remember when 30 seemed so far away and 40 wasn’t even on the radar scope?   A song I wrote about twenty-five years ago starts with  “When I was young, I would never be this old.”

  5. Sweet as hell, Bob!  Great tune and real life story.  I love the gentle music and the way the different stories are all weaved together as they lead to-and-from 1965.  I’m glad you shared this.  This is how so many of us identify with each other and relate to the past.  Real music about real people.

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  6. Thanks for more nice comments.  I just think it’s cool to hear the folks on here who make music with their guitar and voice.  It a real pure and honest form of music.  Very few, if any frills.  Lots of inspiration……Thank you.

  7. Thanks for the comments, guys!  I really enjoy the J200 and the folksy/country tones I can get out of it.  I ain’t no Roy Clark or Glen Campbell, so I need something with it’s own great sound and that I can hide behind.  ……..Don’t know if I can write a song that doesn’t have some direct connection to my own life.  It’s good therapy and kind of gives me a link to some in my coffeehouse audiences.  And Fortyearspickin, I agree!  I think that the last generation or two is missing-out on some of the things that make our lives valuable and rewarding on a very personal level.

  8. Here’s a song called “Mike, Phil,, Larry, and Me.”  It’s about the guys I grew-up with.   I’ve been using the J200 a lot.  It’s got a great thump to it , especially when you dampen the strings.  BTW,  depending on what you’re listening with, you might  pick-up two dogs snoring toward the end.

    (E) If I could take a walk back down life’s path(A)way 
    I (E) bet I’d spend some time (B7) back-in-the-day 
    (E) With four guys I knew who were (A) wild and free. 
    (B7)Mike, Phil, Larry, and (E)me. 
    Mike, Phil, (A) Larry, and me.      (E) 

    (E) We met as little boys in the old neigh(A)hood. 
    (E) Got in lots of trouble, so we (B7) got along real good. 
    (E) People said we were like “peas in a pod.” 
    A few said we were crazy and a little bit odd. 
    Mike, Phil, Larry, and me.  

    (E) We’d ride our bicycles all around (A) Cliff Drive.
    (E) Explore the woods for hours....’til (B7) it was almost night.
    (E) Climb down to the train tracks where the (A) hobo camp was. 
    If our (B7) parents would have found out, they’d have killed (E) us. 
    Mike, Phil, (A) Larry, and me.      (E) 

    (E)Shoulda’ seen us in high school.....acting like (A) fools, 
    (E) Flirting ’ with the girls and (B7) breaking all the rules. 
    (E)All for one.  One for all. (A) Always together.  
    The Four Horsemen of The Apocolyspe we’re gonna ride forever.  
    Mike, Phil, (A) Larry, and me.      (E) 
    Bridge............... 
    But (A) time slips away and so does (E) innocence.  
    i’ve (A) tried and tried to find it,  but (E) I ain’t seen it since.  
    and I ain’t seen (B7) Mike, Phil, Larry, mad Me.
     Instrumental break....guitar/ 

    (E) Mike wanted to be a dentist.  (A) Larry a cop. 
    (E) Me and Phil planned to party until (B7) old age made us stop 
    But life isn’t always kind and sometimes it’s just unfair. 
    Each of us turned around and the other three weren’t there.  
    Mike, Phil, (A) Larry, and me.      (E) 

    Larry joined the army, ended-up in Germany. 
    Me and Phil settled-down with our wives-to-be. 
    Mike, he died at twenty-two.  Wish that part wasn’t true. 
    But, what-in-hell can you do? 
    Instrumental................ 

    All those paths walked, the footsteps echo in my mind. 
    All the friends I made and the ones I left behind. 
    Me and Phil still talk.  Reminisce about the others. 
    We’ve all gone our separate ways, but we’ll always be brothers.  
    Mike, Phil, (A)Larry, and me.      (E) 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxp3XMDuFY4

  9. On 9/5/2021 at 9:44 PM, egoidealmusic said:

    I definitley agree with you, MIssori, but just thought it was funny enough to share.  I'm sure all guitars are different,  but this one REALLY likes being dug into.  But I've had othe guitars that have taken a lot longer to really bloom.

    I hear what you’re saying and it’s an interesting topic.  I’m just not technically skilled or knowledgeable enough to do anything but find guitars I like and play them…..lol….Whatever “opening up” is, I suspect my guitars do it slowly, but that’s okay with me.    I’m a finger picker and play pretty softly.  I’m sure a bluegrass picker would get a lot more sound and different tones out of my guitars than I do, but I’m not in competition with anyone.   I just like playing guitars that I bond with…….

  10. On 9/5/2021 at 10:59 PM, duluthdan said:

    Heating pad is not hot enough to torify  wood at the molecular level, but probably hot enough to weaken glue. Not a good idea at all. 

    Instead of increasing your electric bill, just leave it in a hot car and use solar power…..NOT!

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  11. Break it in by playing it.  That’s why we buy guitars. ……..There are different kinds of gadgets to break-in guitars and/or get more tone/volume out of them.  I think one was ToneRite.   I tried playing loud music in the room where my guitars were hanging.  They did respond with the strings vibrating from the loud music. Don’t know how long any positive changes may have lasted…..I just play my guitars. Don’t care if another guitar is louder, etc.  I only have to please myself.

  12. 3 hours ago, Jinder said:

    Hohner every day of the week for me. I prefer the Big River or Pro Harp models as the ABS comb is less prone to distorting with humidity than the maple comb in the Marine Bands. They all sound great though, really sweet and toneful.

    I like Lee Oskar too, but they often have a tuning issue which drives me nuts, coming in at under A440 which is intentional on their part to make them sound more “bluesy” but for straightahead singer/songwriter work that I do, they just sound flat. Lovely build though and good if Blues is your thing.

    Yeah, good point on the Lee Oskars.  Of course for me, it may be my playing more than the harmonica itself.  I guess I was a bit disappointed in them because I’ve heard that they are among the best harps and was expecting more.  I just wish mine played as easily as the Hohners.

  13. I pretty much use nothing but Hohners now.  Tried different brands, but end-up back with Hohners.  I find I don’t have to jack-around with them as much as I’ve had to do with others.  In fact, I rarely ever have to open one of them up.  Bought an entire set of Lee Oskers about five years ago.  Lots of problems from the start.  Numerous holes that you can’t blow or draw a note with on four of them……….  Anyway, I don’t mind cleaning my harps (harmonica tea) and I’ve replaced reeds before,  which isn’t hard.  I like using them and I’m pretty good at playing single note melodies and backing-up a guitar when asked.  Harmonicas can add a sweet or melancholy atmosphere to a song.  I’ll likely stick with Hohners.

  14. No matter how much we believe in something and want it to be true, if it’s not true, it’s just not true.   For myself, there are far too many contradictions for God to be anything like I was raised to believe.  We just do the best we can and hope for the best.  ………Anyway, 5-10 million years from now, on a planet somewhere, someone will be staring-up at the billions of stars in the sky and they won’t even know that you and I existed.

  15. The older I get, the more questions and doubts I have.  For me, seeing these musical heroes die just brings reality home to us as we fly along as if we’ll live forever (especially when they are part of our own generation).  I’m sorry they’re gone, but their problems on this planet are over.  Life is for the living and it’s the living who will mourn their deaths.  As stated by others, RIP is a form of respect.  If you think about it, we say it for ourselves so no one thinks bad of us.  Beyond that, who the hell knows?  All religious texts were written by humans.  Not by God or “a” god.  Whatever we worship today is hardly any different than the mythological gods of the Romans or Greeks.  The difference is that societies (through wars, famines, technology, morals, and the evolution of humans)  change and so do gods they believe in.  The same God that lets one little kid survive cancer and allows another to die from it is doing exactly what the Roman and Egyptian gods did centuries ago, yet we provide “our” god with attributes that make him/her the real and better god.  ……I believe we go somewhere after we leave this life, but I doubt it has anything to do with any religion.  Wherever it is, I hope my family members, Charlie Watts, Cash, Patsy Cline, Audey Murphy, Dean Martin, John Kennedy, Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and many others that served as a positive example for me are all there…..Just my view on things.  Doesn’t make me right and someone else wrong…….Meanwhile——God Bless all of you.

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