In our years together, most of your lives have been centered around church. Strange but as an Atheist and Agnostic, I still attended church. It wasn’t a problem to me because I grew up in church. Some of the best (and worst) folk I have known were church people. Since my wife NEVER waivered in her beliefs and did not feel right by herself, I attended.
Anyway, that aside, our church always had good music. Not trained, but heartfelt giving by singers and players of instrument. For a few years I even played the trumpet in our small church bands.
I guess I set the style of guitar player by Garland Page. Garland picked the guitar. I can explain what I am saying by this: When Garland picked a song it almost ‘said’ the words, vs ‘cording’, I guess. Chet Atkins comes to mind.
The churches usually had a piano and an organ as the main instruments. Over time now the ‘keyboard’ has replaced both. (many old folk don’t like that). But all keyed instruments REQUIRES TALENT to make them ‘draw you in’, to make you meditate, pat your foot, hum or sing.
But I must tell you, musicians are a strange breed. NOT ALL. but many are very temperamental, ‘touchy’ and have an ego as big as Atlanta. Now don’t get me wrong, it is not always bad (but it can be). Popular bands are not exempt from the problem, some of you are old enough to know the Beatles had that problem.
I had to laugh when some friends came together for a reunion. Sherry and I were there because they were all friends. A good friend George (not Jones) a professional singer himself and married to Donna, a professional singer. Bill W. was there, a song writer, a good pianos player (who was the host).
During one spontaneous jam session it was obvious the piano player was miffed. Over lunch I mentioned it to Donna who had been playing bass and singing. She laughed, “Aw don’t pay any attention to that, all of us musicians are like that at one time of the other, we all think we are better than anyone else,” She was serious and laughing too. Right then I told Sherry that is one honest lady, and crazy too.
Music can be a great asset. whether church or county fair. campsite or deck of a ship, and the stringed or keyed instrument MUST be a great mental past time for the talented.
I once added a room on a home for a pianist. Who gave me the acoustics she required and angles of the ceiling and walls. A huge black grand piano was the center piece. She played for her own peace of mind and satisfaction. This lady was good.
I loved orchestra and ban music. Some things cannot be replaced. If I envy, it is key or string talent.
continuing the automobiles that NEVER made production:
The ‘54 Olds Rocket 88. I read GM would not allow it’s production because it could hurt the well known Corvette.