Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated*

According to my records my last entry was over 8 weeks ago. I’d like to say in that time that I’ve been traveling or working with some cherity or on a soul searching quest. The reality is much less interesting, the reqality is I’ve been mostly benge watching Netflix. I have done some reading and starts playing the guitar again.

I actually played guitar with other people last weekend. Its probably been close to two years since I’d last played my guitar so when my friend invited me I was simultaneously excited and terrified. I was at my dad’s house for the weekend and luckily still had a guitar there along with a fresh set of strings. With shaky hand I set out to resting my guitar. Finally my brain and my fingers got on the same wavelength and I was able to get all new strings on my guitar and in the right order which as it turns out is very important if you want your playing to sound good.

I got together with a couple of guys at my friends church and we all sat around and played some bluegrassy gospel. It’s a thing they do every once in a while, they kinda put out a call during worship service for anybody who wants to come out and “jam”. Only four people, including myself, showed up for this session. It was a little rough in the beginning, I can’t tell if that was just me and my rusty fingers or if that is normal. After a while one of the guitars switched over to a banjo. We played for about 2 hours. It was fun, we went through this gigantic book of chords. I think he said he had chords for something like 172 songs. There was even an index. We didn’t play them all we only played 10 or 15 but it was fun. I was nervous to begin with but those nerves soon settled and I was able to keep up and make changed and give feedback and sound reasonably like I knew what I was talking about. Maybe I’ll be better prepared for the next time.

*I’ve recently discovered that this is a misquoted line from Mark Twian. According to the internet, which may or may not be true, the actual quote is ‘The report of my death was an exaggeration’. This according to an Oxford Academy Tumblr. So I’m not sure how reliable THAT is.