|Sunday, November 13, 2005 - Shaun|
|So much 6 string news, some happy as a C major 7th, some sad as a D Minor...
First off, thanks to our sometime guitar tech Nash and producer Mike Fraser I found myself trying to send telepathic messages to my 14 year old self about how I was sitting in a studio listening to Joe Satriani record solos on his new record, whilst strumming the guitar he'd put in my hands and joking around with him between takes. I know there are probably haters out there, but Joe was very cool, funny and playfully creative, and I think his catalogue and tones have aged a lot better than almost any survivor of the guitar olympic era and his new tunes sounded great. That he still has a major audience for mostly instrumental guitar rock says something.
Sadly, yesterday at soundcheck in Saskatoon upon opening the case of my beloved yellow nighthawk, I discovered it had been decapitated on the flight from Vancouver. Air Canada's new weight allowances prevented me from bringing it in metal roadcase and as a result, both pieces of it are going into intensive care in Saskatoon. In the face of tragedies and events of real sadness I understand how trivial it is for a musician who has dozens of guitars, quite a few of which were given to him, to bemoan one hopefully fixable one's possible demise. What can I say, I would trade 10 of them for this one. Thanks to Safwan and Song for the shot of straight scotch immediately following my grim discovery.
To complete the guitar f***ery, during our second song of the night, the screw holding the strap onto the brand new guitar I had borrowed came out of the body and luckily I caught it and played the rest of the song supporting it in the pose used by the flautist in Jethro Tull. Thanks to Efren Pereira Jr. for being brave enough to lend me his Ibanez on a day in which I was destined to destroy every guitar I came in contact with. Thanks also to everyone who came out to support the concert to benefit the earthquake victims in south Asia and to all the folks who volunteered to organize it.
Which brings me to the show some love charity auction. This year among other things I'd like to donate my first ever electric guitar. I humped newspapers through the snow at 5 am for months to save up to buy this red Series A. It's the guitar I used to play with Safwan for the very first time in his basement and also at our first ever live performance at our school. I traded it in for my next guitar and didn't see it for years until one day at HEL music in Saskatoon I saw it peeking out from behind a bunch of stickers and paint that the next owner had covered it with. Ralph and the kind folks there upon finding out that it had been mine cleaned it up, set it up and gave it to me for Christmas. Soon I'll scan a picture of thirteen year old me with it for you, but a word of warning, any snarky comments about my skater hair or acid washed jeans may disqualify the perpetrator from the running. ;)
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