|We’re talking about musical gear, of course. While I don’t claim to be a massive collector of vintage guitars and pedals, I have had a Gear page on this website for quite sometime. Only recently did I start thinking of adding links to songs that feature all the various pieces of gear listed there. It turned out to be a lot of fun hunting down specific examples of some of the pieces. I even had to refer to recording session notes on a few of them in order to figure out which pieces of gear were used. Why don’t you check some of them out? Click here: Gear page.
We human beings are funny. Or maybe it is just me. When I’m busy working, I often wish I had more time to play guitar and write music. But when work slows down, I seem to completely lose the desire to play.
Maybe it has to do with priorities. Maybe it has something to do with mental stimulation. All I know is this: I’m looking for a job or at least a new consulting client – and my fretting fingers are rapidly losing their callouses.
I forced myself to pick up my Martin acoustic and strum it a bit yesterday after re-soaking the humidifier device in it. At least performing humidifier maintenance forces me to open the case and look at the guitar. That was the first time I touched any of my guitars since recording a song a month ago.
Creativity is not something that can be forced, but practice (exercise) is. It is requires discipline. That discipline seems to go right out the window when I am looking for work. I’m going to have to try harder to play a guitar at least once a week. Especially while I have plenty of time. So I will try to take a deep breath….relax…and play something! It might even help lower my blood pressure.
Not all of us are rock stars. Heck, I don’t even want to be a rock star (especially at my age). But I do need your encouragement. Knowing that somebody is out there enjoying the songs I created would be a big incentive for me to create more music. All I have to go by are play counters and comments left via social media (I don’t play live). But here’s a new way for you to offer support and encouragement – Join the Joseph R. Ellis “Encouragers Club” over on bandcamp. Here’s what you get:
- 3 of my most recent albums from my back catalog on bandcamp
- Exclusive access to the Joseph R. Ellis fan community.
- All the new music I make, streaming instantly on your mobile device via the free Bandcamp app, and also available as a high-quality download.
- Exclusive access to “members-only” content (new song demos, previously unreleased tracks, etc.).
- The satisfaction of knowing you’re supporting me in a sustainable way.
You get all this for $5 / month!
Hop on over to https://josephrellis.bandcamp.com/encouragers-club and see what it’s all about!
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement!