a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Musician

A to Z, talented is not me

M - Musician

I am married to a musician, specifically a professional guitarist.  Hubby started playing guitar at age eight and he will be 62 years old this year, so he's been playing a long time.....

He really is quite good; some of you heard the songs I posted on my blog in the past. Here's one I posted before, but if you are new and you want to listen to a bit of something he did with his brother, check this out.

Being a musician though comes with baggage.....or equipment......and in this case, lots of boxes.....

We have two bedrooms where we are renting. The second bedroom is his music room.  All the boxes you see (except for one or two) represent music stuff, music books, amplifiers, this and that.

He's set up one of his guitars for practicing here.



Guitars are stored in both sides of the closet.



More boxes.



and yep, more boxes.......



He's not going to be unpacking a lot of the stuff since we'll be moving by the end of the year (see H - home).  

Its been an adventure married to a musician.  He has a gig, we move equipment out.  He comes home from the gig, we move equipment in.  At least we don't have to deal with stairs like one of the houses we lived in.

It is true, opposites do attract.

I'm tone deaf......

Are you musically inclined?

55 comments:

Liz A. said...

That's so cool. I played the oboe in school, but I was never very good. I enjoyed playing music, but I haven't done it in a long time.

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Hi Betty! That video... A&J are great. I do a music blog and would love to spotlight one day. Nothing big - just a little blog.

I've got a Battle of the Bands going on April 15-21st. Let me know if it would be okay to show their video to the battle participants and followers for our combined blogs?

Nick Wilford said...

Pretty cool stuff, it sounds good. Like Liz, I played oboe in school. I later played guitar, but it's not where my talent lies!

Sally said...

Great video and guitar playing. I'm tone deaf but love listening to music.

EcoCatLady said...

Ha! CatMan and I first met playing music together. We did our fair share of gigging, but these days it's just for fun. The thing is, he has a bad back and can't really carry anything heavy, soooo.... Let's just say that I am VERY familiar with all the hauling that goes with being a musician!

Rhonda Albom said...

I am tone deaf with you. My girls, one plays piano, the other mandolin. The piano player just announced she needs to learn a new instrument, something smaller and more portable. Hubby suggested guitar, but now that I see all your boxes, I think maybe a harmonica might better suit. :)

TARYTERRE said...

Years ago I got a guitar but never learned to play. I am in awe of people who do. MUSIC fills the soul with love. He is very talented, indeed. GREAT video. Love your music room too.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

So many guitars! :) I love music, I used to be the choir mistress for the local church choir until my father (the vicar at the time) retired. I can't play, but I love to sing :) I wish you luck with box moving when the time comes.
Tasha
Tasha's Thinkings | Wittegen Press | FB3X (AC)

Keith's ramblings said...

I am, and being musical has it's disadvantages when listening to music because the merest hint of a flat, sharp or wrong note sets the hair on the back of my neck standing up!

blogoratti said...

Music is great, and being able to play an instrument even more so. It's nice to see you are getting along anyway!

Jacquelineand.... said...

As a musician I make a great audience! Whilst I'm from a musical family, the instrument-playing gene skipped me; I can kinda sing along.

Eileen T said...

I've just watched the video ... incredible playing, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Which one is your husband?

I know what you mean about storing the collection of instruments and music, and also the effort of moving it from place to place for performances. It's worth it though!!

Bijoux said...

I know a musician and his whole house resembles that bedroom. I always feel sorry for his wife.

I played clarinet as a kid, but then took piano lessons for 8 years. I can still play a little.

Veronica Lee said...

Love the video. I'm not tone deaf - I love to sing but only in the shower!

Intense Guy said...

I used to play the piano (badly) but no longer play or listen to music as I can no longer hear it.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That is fun. The video was fantastic. My husband plays guitar; he's been doing it since his teen years. He gets together with some buddies once a week and they jam together. He's played in a few gigs around town since we moved here.. And my younger daughter sings and plays guitar. As for me, I may or may not have been good in music but I'll just never know. It's not something I ever really got into. My real passion is photography.

Mildred said...

Since I am a new follower, I did not know your husband is so talented! That is a lot of stuff! I was a piano major in college.

Manzanita said...

Betty
I absolutely love their music. I would call that modern Flamenco. I've danced flamenco all my life and of course started with the traditional. They are great. My best friend Marilyn plays flamenco guitar and I've hosted Flamenco guitar seminars for Michael Hauser (flamenco guitarist) from Minneapolis. Where can I buy their CD's? I get soooo excited when I hear my kind of music. LOL. I recently moved back to Helena and my dance floor came with me. As soon as the weather is consistently warm, it will go down in the garage. What a fantastic sound they have.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, there,

I have a keyboard that I'm supposed to be learning to play, but it mostly resides in the box.

I guess you've gotten used to having all the equipment around.

J.L. Campbell - The Character Depot | A-Z Challenge Co-Host

lyndagrace said...

I don’t play any type of musical instrument. I might be interested in playing piano. But I know nothing about the technical side of music. I’ll just stick to listening.
Loved the video.

Wendy said...

I took piano lessons as a kid, but as they say, "Use it or lose it." I play handbells now but I'm not one who can easily move from one position to another. I can read music but it's slow.
By the way, I just visited an AtoZer who is doing sketches from a bench.
~Visiting from AtoZ

Maria Zannini said...

Those are a lot of guitars! I have a friend who plays several musical instruments. When I visit his house it's like walking into a music store.

I've always wanted to play piano. I started teaching myself but the arthritis in my hands made it too painful to practice.

Maria Zannini said...

Those are a lot of guitars! I have a friend who plays several musical instruments. When I visit his house it's like walking into a music store.

I've always wanted to play piano. I started teaching myself but the arthritis in my hands made it too painful to practice.

Stephen Tremp said...

I haven;t played an instrument in years. When A to Z is over I'm going to bust out the keyboards and get back into it.

Stephen Tremp
A to Z Cohost
M is for Movies

Chrys Fey said...

I was going to say it must be nice being married to a musician because he can play songs for you...but you're tone deaf. Shucks!

I wish I was musically inclined. I love music! But I can't play an instrument or sing.

joeh said...

Don't even get me started on guitar! I love it, practice until my fingers hurt every day. I can't play like that, but hell maybe in another 50+ years.

Loved listening to it all!

Joanne Noragon said...

I can relate completely to moving gear in an out; I did it for twenty years as a fiber artist at shows. And, I'm tone deaf, too.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You are blessed to have a musician in the family. I love music of all kinds, but never really learned how to play an instrument until I found the mountain lap dulcimer and I play that by number. It was an easy way for me to make music and have had many years of fun with some friends doing so.

Luana Krause said...

Betty, this is a wonderful theme for the challenge! I play the piano and guitar. I taught myself guitar as a teen (many years ago). I have three guitars now.

jack69 said...

I was in the band in school, and played the trumpet. I can handle THREE buttons. LOL
I do admire the real musician though. We have a professional Guitarist and pianist in the family of Grands. I love to see them perform. I do miss my hearing, but I can remember hearing the intricate runs on a guitar. Good stuff. good entry.

Linda said...

Great to hear again, probably be playing in my head all day! Not since school band days have I played coronet, still have a guitar, mostly gathering dust. Don't think I'd qualify for dancer and back flip position either. Yes, you definitely need a music room!

Cindi said...

Im' a dang good home alone, in the shower singer...lol God provides talent to those worthy. My talent is listening to those whom God trusted.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That is a lot of equipment. It's nice that he can have a room to set up in and practice. He is very talented and how wonderful to be passionate about music. It soothes the soul.
Debby

Pat Hatt said...

Wow, that is a lot of music things. But it all comes in handy I'm sure. I can write lyrics, but that is as far as my music skills go haha

Sophie Duncan said...

That is a lot of music equipment!

I love singing - used to be in lots of choirs at school, but now just one, but I also like singing duets with my sister, Tasha.

Sophie
Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles
FB3X
Wittegen Press

John Holton said...

I played guitar from when I was eleven until my stroke a few years ago. I can't grasp he pick anymore, and really have no control over my right arm. I still have my guitars, though, and try occsionally to play.

John Holton
Blogging from A to Z 2015 Cohost
The Sound of One Hand Typing

Birgit said...

Equipment and everything dealing with music will have a ton of boxes. I used to play piano but if you get me to sing, all the dogs will howl and the cats will meow...telling me to stop!

Timothy Brannan said...

A lot of people in my family have great musical talent. I am not one of them.
I can't even hum in tune.

--
Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
2015 A to Z of Vampires
http://theotherside.timsbrannan.com/

Tracy said...

At least he has a reason to have all those guitars. My husband isn't in a band and he has four of them plus an amp. Picks all over the house.

Jo said...

What I was wondering, why so many guitars. He can presumably only play one at a time. He and Alex J. Cavenaugh would get on together well. He is also a guitarist.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love music but I can't sing even a little bit. That is a lot of guitars. It would be fun having a musician around the house.

Sunni said...

I'm not musically inclined at all but my ex-husband was a musician. He could pick up anything and play it, which was pretty amazing.

Sunni

http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

I played trumpet/cornet as a kid but haven't played for about 15 years. It was pretty easy to cart around as everything fit in the trumpet case except for the music stand.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Stephanie Faris said...

Not at all. I'm a writer only! That's the sole talent I was given. I did date a filmmaker once, though, and I remember picking him up from the airport and him having this HUGE case with all his equipment in it. I do admire the creative mind but I'm glad my own creative profession requires only a laptop!

J E Oneil said...

Fifty four years of playing, yeah, I'd assume he's good! I guess it's good you have plenty of room for all of his things :)

Megan Whitson Lee said...

That looks like our house, Betty. My husband has bass guitars all over our house!

Ara the Booksnake said...

You look to the left, boxes. Look to the right, yep...boxes. Haha!

We're not professionals but me and my partner are musically inclined. He plays the guitar and drums, I play guitar, piano, and I sing. :-)

susie said...

Wow. They are really good. I wish there was a guitarist here. We have a whistler...and only when he is in a good mood.

Mevely317 said...

Believe it or not, I took piano and violin lessons and endured recitals for years. Hated it! Today, I can’t read a note of music. (Really.)

I can’t wait to show this post to Tom! Years ago, he also played professionally (the sax and keyboards) … in and around the south side of Chicago. We’ve one room dedicated to housing his 2 boards, amps and the horns— but nothing like yours! Then again, these days Tom just plays for his own enjoyment.
Well, that, and I think playing the sax helps strengthen with his lung function?

DMS said...

I played the clarinet growing up and loved it. I still play every now and then. It must be nice to have your husband play for you. Look at all those guitars! :)
~Jess

Ruth said...

I played the sax when I was a kid. My husband can play the guitar, but he has never played for me.

Paula Kaye said...

Do you like listening to him play. My first husband had a love affair with his guitar. It would have been perfect except he couldn't play. I hated it!

Carol Noren Johnson said...

Love the video! Includes dancing girls and comedy too!

Linda said...

I went to youtube to listen to the music. Loved it.

I love listening to music! Especially worship music--all kinds. People say I have a good voice, I am just too self conscious to sing out in public!

salemslot9 said...

how many guitars
does he have?
my John has nine
he made eight of them
he's a better builder
than guitar player