I just came back from what my ex-wife’s Uncle TJ would call “a singin'”. Basically, a singin’ is where you get quite a few folks together, then sit around to play music and sing. This singin’ included 4 guitars, one mandolin, one violin (or fiddle in this case), and quite a few singers. It was a lot of fun.
To me, the most fun was watching my friend’s 13 yr. old daughter play my guitar. She told me last Sunday that she has to play in front of the Youth Group this week and was lamenting that her guitar didn’t sound to good. I offered to loan her mine, which, although it isn’t a high-dollar guitar, does sound quite good. She was so excited about it that it really made me feel good. I brought it to her this evening so she could play it at the singin’.
There is nothing quite like the delight I get from seeing others enjoying themselves. She just couldn’t get over how good it sounded and practically carried it around her neck the whole evening. If I didn’t know that she was getting a very nice guitar for Christmas, I would have let her keep this one as long as she wanted. I did tell her she could keep it until I got back from Colorado since I wouldn’t be using it. I can’t tell you how good it made me feel to watch her play it and to see her smile. And, truth be told, she plays much better than I.
I am toying with the idea of picking it up again and really trying to learn to play, but we shall see. Maybe I can get her to teach me. 🙂