The Guitar

black acoustic cutaway guitar on tree

Looking at her made me smile. If only I could figure out how to handle her I could then play a tune. She sat for a while in my childhood closet, collecting dust, but gradually that guitar become more than just the guitar. She was my purpose for becoming more than I was, she was the reason I pushed forward with obstacles in my path. If I could overcome her learning curve I felt like I could achieve anything. She was beautiful in all her glory.

I eventually learned to play her, one chord at a time. Keeping it simple that way, was important, no need for complications. After learning three chords, I wrote my first simple tune. I was on top of the world back then. Through the years however, she changed, I changed. I would lose touch, and trade her away, only to return again with another one practically the same. Why I do not know, just going along with the different seasons of my life, perhaps.

I miss her.

I feel her starting to call on me again like some kind of whisper from the wind. Perhaps another return to a certain creative season where my energy can bloom. I wonder what she will look like this time. What color will she be? What story will she have to tell?

I can not wait to meet her once again. I welcome her return.

The Guitar.



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Just me, a few years back.

black acoustic cutaway guitar on tree

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The Lion Sleeps Tonight

What is it about childhood that makes us get so wrapped up in certain songs, songs that we would otherwise disregard if we weren’t so little when we found them? I had two songs that I would play over and over, these being, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, and the Rhinestone Cowboy!

The Lion Sleeps tonight was my utmost favorite! I can still see the 45 record with its red label spinning around the record player as I danced my way through it. I believe I wore the record out! Although the song made no sense to me, I still loved it, and when it was brought back to life with the movie, the Lion King, I was over joyed to see my own children appreciate it.

Listening to the song tonight brought back so many memories for me. Something about music can take us back to a certain place in time, even back to a certain age. Although my childhood was not that pleasant, listening to the music, helped me escape from my troubles.

I often wondered about the song, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and who wrote it. After doing a little research on You Tube I came across this video.

I am grateful his family eventually got compensated. I am also grateful that his song has brought us so much joy!

The movie the Lion King was one of my children’s favorite movies, and honestly, it is one of mine. I can laugh today about the music, as I think to myself, how even back then, I knew a hit when I heard one.

Thank you, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, for helping me get through some tough times in my life. Perhaps I will share in another blog later, about the music, The Rhinestone Cowboy!

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Below is a clip of the Lion King, it’s funny, its still today, a must watch!