After my last blog post, I know you probably think I’m all work and no play, so here’s proof that I do take some down time. I have to admit, this musical interlude came as a surprise to me. John is a very good guitarist but hasn’t been playing in a while (long enough to have lost his callouses, poor guy). Anyway, Christmas of ’09 I told him I’d give him a music stand if he picked one out. He never got around to it . . . until last week. He brought it home, pulled out his guitar, and started playing. I mentioned feeling sad that Rheumatoid Arthritis put a stop to my (pretty amateurish) guitar playing and that I gave my guitar away. He pointed out that I gave away an older guitar and still had one downstairs. “Huh?” I said. I really didn’t believe him until he brought the guitar upstairs. I pulled it out and discovered that, indeed, the middle finger on my left hand just can’t make the D chord, for example. But John showed me a new (to me) way to make the D chord and I was off and running. I dug out my old guitar books (Very old: Bob Dylan. Joan Baez. Paul Simon) and played just long enough to have a good time and short enough to avoid blisters. Perfect!
What have you done for fun lately?