Friday, August 26, 2022

Sweet sounds in different places

 I HAVE NOT been good at keeping up here. Hopefully that changes. It’s been a crazy summer with the store closing, doing lessons from home and starting two new bands. One shows enormous potential, more on that in a future post.

This morning I was in my car at 8th and Jefferson when another car pulled up behind me. The driver had the radio cranked and was singing at the top of her lungs to the radio. The song was “If It Makes You Happy” by Sheryl Crowe, an awesome sing-along tune. The driver was hollering at the top of her lungs and it wasn’t close to being in tune.

It didn’t matter. She had a big smile on her face and she was jamming as she turned left behind me. To some it would be a horrendous noise, her singing. To me it was a beautiful thing. Sing along, friend! It makes you happy.

Then I had a guitar lesson with a young woman who can really sing. She is determined to learn the guitar. We are just starting so it’s bending fingers, technique and repetition.

She’s gonna be great if she sticks with it. We picked out some riff notes and I saw the joy in her eyes when it clicked. She stretched her fingers into that impossible C chord and with a little help figured out it’s all about the angle. When she strummed each note was clean and her face lit up.

Ahh, the power of music, in its many forms. Tonight I’m going to the season finale of Blues In The District, enjoy a beverage or four and checking out some other live music later.

It’s beautiful noises all around us. And it makes me happy!