guitar, Life, music

Two of my favourite things

So, the rain has stopped; now it’s only the trains, biplane, and squirrels 🐿 running across the roof of my recording space that I have to contend with 😂😭😂 I’ve got the old lady out today – my #Takamine EN30C, I’ve had it for more than half my life and it’s a gorgeous full bodied sound. I traded a Yamaha jumbo for her plus a wad of cash I borrowed. Loved her from the first time I played her.

My other guitar is a Martin…. yes I’m lucky like that. It was another ‘I have to have this guitar’ moment … Smaller, brighter and lively and yet still rich toned but not what I was after today for the two laid back songs I’ve been recording today.

learning, Life, life somstimes suprises us.

No ‘New Year, new me’ BS for me.

I couldn’t feel less enthusiastic about 2021 if I tried. That’s not to say I’m not going to give it my all but I’m not buying into the whole it’s gonna be my year BS. It’s going to be another strange year where we’ll learn things we didn’t know we needed to, find comfort in unexpected places and be forced into situations we didn’t ever imagine, and my wish us that we’re all ok, that our loved ones are safe and happy, have food on the table and a roof over their heads. That’s all.

Life, music

New Romantics

If you’ve ever heard me play, you’ll know I’m a fan of 80’s music. So, imagine my delight when shopping for food the other day when I found this! It’s on constantly in my car. My daughter might well phone child line at some point; I’m thinking of it more like payback for the endless Peppa Pig episodes and anyway it’s part of her education…..

I’ll be honest, I prefer the early stuff. To Cut A Long Story Short and Glow are particular favourites. I won’t be doing versions of them on the street … just singing along on my way to the street!

learning, Life, music

Nearly there….

I’ve been quiet of late… partly because I’m pretty rubbish at this social media lark and partly because I’ve gone back to school!

Yes! I’m completing the final year of the degree I started many moons ago and didn’t get to finish on account of life getting in the way!

Every cloud has a silver lining and with university courses going online this year, I’m able to give it a go. I’m giving it my best shot, I’m hoping it’s enough.

I’d be lying if I said I was enjoying it. I’m enjoying parts of it and hating parts of it in equal measure! Feeling pretty proud of my accomplishments though, whatever the outcome.

There have been tears…. lots of tears. But also lots of learning and you know me…. I love learning. So go me! I think I might have just finished the conclusion of my dissertation….. yey for me 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😥😥😇😳😱😱.

Now all I have to do is go through it ….. again…. and check the referencing. If I ever do this shit again, I’m honestly going to be more on top of my referencing and not leave it to the end….. *nose growing longer as I type*

Wish me luck!!

jinxed, Life, street life

Taking the old lady out

With my Martin being in the shop for a repair, I’ve been using some of my other guitars. Yes, I have other guitars, who just has one!

I borrowed my husband’s Martin but the jack plug wasn’t working so I went back to my 3/4 Takamini … I played this one when I first started busking. It’s a lovely guitar but it’s not my Martin. So, the last couple of days I’ve been using my Takamine EN30C … the guitar I bought when I was 17.

I traded in a Yamaha jumbo and my dad loaned me the money to buy it. It’s the guitar I busked with acoustically on Spui strasse in Amsterdam. I played it in various bands, at music college, in front of the muted TV ( one of my favourite things) …. I thought it would be to fragile to take out on the street.

Well I have loved playing it. It’s been like taking out an aged relative expecting cream teas and a bit of snooze only to find them drinking shots and dancing on the table. Such a wonderful guitar❣️