So I’ve got a bit of money saved up. Last week I bought myself a new practise amp, leads and strings for my guitars and I’ve been toying with the idea of buying myself a new guitar, but after yesterday’s cruise I’m super inspired to get my GT-R back on the road. I’ve not got enough money to do both, so what do I do?!
I splurged on eBay the other day. Initially I was only going to get new strings for my guitars (which all need some TLC), but then I got some leads too (really nice neon Ernie Ball leads! So many rad choices these days!) and then I added an Orange Crush 20RT amp to the cart too. I was super close to buying another Marshall, but thought I’d go for something different this time!
I also had a nice PRS lefty in the cart. I’ve been meaning to buy myself a baller guitar for so long now. I’ve got a lot of guitars but most of them except for my Jackson King V Standard Professional (made in Japan) are more intermediate guitars (usually cheaper versions made in Asia). There’s a world of difference between my King V and the ESP LTD M-100FM and Schecter Omen 6 Diamond Series guitars I have. The neck on the V is just SO much faster, thinner and the action is just so much lower. It’s awesome, but has a worn out 12th fret which I have to get repaired.
In the end I decided against buying the PRS lefty and will instead save up for what I really want; a Japanese, or American made Fender Stratocaster to replace my Korean made vintage blonde pro tone Squier Stratocaster (or I might mod my Strat!). For now, it’s time to build up those calluses!
Caught up with Rodrigo last week, a mate I’ve not jammed with in AGES.
I always respected him as a musician, he’s the real deal, and it’s great to see him gigging more than ever.
I can respect anyone who can get up on a stage with nothing but a guitar (you have no band to hide behind and the crowd can hear all your mistakes!).
We caught up because Rod has followed me for some time, and he wanted to have an open chat about potentially getting more out there through social media.
Like many people our age, we find it hard to value Facebook and Instagram over real face to face time with friends, but I was there to convince him it’s a necessity more than an option.
Rod has mastered his craft, and for that reason alone his opinion is worth it. What he reads, sees and hears is all worth sharing, and sharing more of himself is what I think he needs to do in order to get more people to go to his gigs for that face to face time he desires.
I’ve spent the morning going through his Latin Poet Facebook Page. He’s only got 60 followers, I’m hoping you guys will take a time out, play this song, and just enjoy it for what it is, a catchy tune from the heart.
Don’t watch the video even! Just play it in another tab and do whatever it is you’re doin’.
Lots of new subscribers to the ZEN Playlist on Soundcloud. I’m glad people dig it. I’ve been working on it and to it for years and it’s always been a great motivator. Great vibes, downtempo beats, nothing too abrasive that you have to skip a song or turn it down. I’ve added a few new songs to the start of the playlist. Will try to add a new song a week!
I don’t often listen to The Cure, but when I do, so do the neighbours!
I’m an Artist. I went to Design School. I used wear women’s leggings throughout university. I had pink box plaits. My mum is my best friend. I was 18yrs old when my Dad died. When Dad died I cried, a LOT and I haven’t cried since. I’m now 43 and I cry a LOT. I cry every time Chris Cornell hits that note in ‘Fell On Black Days’. I cry when I try to sing and play ‘Nutshell’ by Alice in Chains. I cry watching other people cry on YouTube. I cried in the mall when I got overwhelmed by the noise in the food court and realised I didn’t want to be there. So what am I trying to say? I’m trying to say that crying feels SO fucking good.
“Boys Don’t Cry” has a double meaning to me now; Dad brought me up to be a man. Swallow your tears, crying is for girls. I see now how so many guys don’t cry because they think they shouldn’t, because they see crying as a form of weakness and so they choose to be less connected to their emotions.
I’ve been living with so much pent up anger that it took my therapist to tell me to my face that I go on about all these great things I’ve done, but when I’m playing my life back to her I don’t at all sound like Mr. ZEN. It’s taken me about a year since first seeing my therapist to learn how to cry again. The medication I’m on is meant to help me with my mood swings and depression, but I still feel they’re just sleeping pills and more of a breakthrough has been made by ditching the bong. I’m now no longer wake and baking every day of my life away, the numbness has subsided and I can see clearer by the day.
A couple of tears listening to some amazing dead dudes gives me a huge emotional release. Take it from a 43yr old emo, ask yourself why are you trying so hard to be a Ninja Turtle? A super turtle is even worse than ordinary turtles who retreat into their shells when shit hits the fan, hoping for everything to just magically work itself out, or go away before resurfacing. Stop sweeping your emotions under a Fukari Rug.
If you’re an emo guy own it. Being emo shouldn’t be a ‘thing’. Macho macho men make you out to to be a weirdo, but hey, in reality it’s those guys who can’t deal with their emotions who are the weird ones.