Iâ€™ve got some good newsâ€¦ I am looking at publishing the new site much sooner than previously anticipated. I got some new script that I want to add to the site, and I have pictures that will be scanned and ready soon.
I spent the past weekend in Milwaukee helping friends and family out. I drove into town during the afternoon on Friday and headed to Uncle Bobâ€™s Music Center with my buddy Mike (who is also my greatest guitar inspiration right now). He was looking at trading in his old â€™83 US-made Fender Stratocaster for something different. On Saturday, we returned to trade in his old guitar for two nice pieces that were worthwhile: a 2002 US-made Fender Stratocaster (which looks similar to mine) and a Chinese-built Jay Turser Telecaster-style guitar. The Turser is unique, because thereâ€™s very little known about it, itâ€™s super-light, itâ€™s Chinese-made, it has no serial number or documentation, but it sounds and plays f*#%ing awesome. Even upon close inspection, Mike found absolutely no flaws in either craftsmanship or finish. When he plugged it in, it blew both of us away. I even tried it out. For a cheap guitar, the thingâ€™s pretty ballsy.
While we were there on Saturday, I discovered a sweet Guild Starfire IV semi-hollowbody electric guitar. My fingers played it as if they had found their ideal partnerâ€¦ it was f*#&%ing scary, as if something was suddenly unleashed within me. But I know that I canâ€™t afford to buy another guitar right now, and Guild guitars are not cheap. Weâ€™ll see what happens in two or three years, though.
Saturday night was fun. Karen and her family stopped by my momâ€™s house (where I stay when Iâ€™m in Milwaukee). Karen picked up my guitar (which I brought into town to show off and to practice) and started playing it (not well, I might add). She was trying to sing Helter Skelter when I grabbed it from her and demonstrated how the song is really played. For about an hour after that, I played, and she sang along to several Beatles tunes. She even tried Enter Sandman (Metallica, naturally). It was really fun.
Madeline celebrated her second birthday on Sunday, so I spent the afternoon celebrating it with my family and friends. Everyone seemed to have a good time, and close friends even brought their new son. Madeline got so many wonderful gifts, including a little tricycle that needed assembly (and guess who had the pleasure of bringing joy to his nieceâ€™s eyes when the trike was fully assembled?).
The next couple of weeks are going to be pretty busy for me, but I plan on preparing my web page for publication soon. No music yet, but lots of new pictures, and I still think the format is awesome.