So when I started playing guitar in high school (it seemed to take so long to convince my parents that I really wasn’t that excited by the piano, which maybe doesn’t reflect well on me, that I wasn’t excited, not that it took so long. Or maybe vice-versa. Anyway, I was poor but at some point they dropped $500 on a stratocaster, god or somebody bless them) I quickly realized that I was essentially tone deaf. I couldn’t tune the fucker and I could never figure out what my favorite rock and roll people were doing with their guitars on the recordings I wanted to ape. Fortunately, my friend Rick had the ear. He could listen to a chord, even a heavily distorted one (for this was the nature of the music we liked), pick up a guitar, and string by string figure out its components. Amazing. (more…)
Archive for July, 2008
So in the beginning of June I was biking up Park Ave around 20th when my pedals went slack and I heard my chain snaking off the gears onto the pavement. I braked and dropped the bike and ran into traffic to gather the chain and when I got back to the bike I could see that my derailleur was essentially obliterated and a close inspection revealed that my overpriced Sharp in-ear headphones had fallen out of my bag and wrapped themselves around the drive train like a bolo, seizing the rear sprocket. Amazingly they survived in working order, so maybe not so overpriced….