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A Musical Movement

Alright, so here’s the deal. Up until a couple years ago, I had strictly been a music LISTENER. I was not the playing type. And if you had heard me try and play Chopsticks on the piano, trust me, you’d understand.

But see, that’s changed.

In the last two years, I’ve learned how to play the flute (don’t judge) and the guitar. I’ve built my guitar skills up, because, you know, IT’S A GUITAR, AND GUITARS ARE REALLY REALLY COOL. And recently, after a year or so of saving, I bought the Epiphone Casino, which has a history in its own right (John Lennon and Paul McCartney both used it, and John Lennon used his for a pretty long time). So now this is where the story begins. If you can call it a story.
So the one thing I’ve learned about buying guitars is to go check them out first. Looking good on the internet rarely means looking good in real life. And maybe a week ago, I went to a Guitar Center near my house to go play the Casino and a couple other guitars. And while I was there, I found this gem of a book.  Cool?  I know.  Jason  Mraz is actually sort of the illest singer.  But since buying a new guitar would render me broke, I decided to save some money and buy the book off Amazon and shave a couple bucks off in the process.

Alright.  Fastforward a week.  After being delayed by the gigantic snowstorm that swept across the Northeast, it came today, maybe an hour ago.  And it’s great.  It has chords laid out in a straightforward way right above the lyrics, and more importantly, it has “Lucky” and “I’m Yours”, both of which still reside in my Most Played column of iTunes.

So to clarify, I’m not some creepy-ass advertiser for Strum & Sing.  I bought this book of my own accord, and am praising it unconditionally of my own accord.  Alright, now to the REAL part of the post.  Bear with meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Reading this book has opened up a new window of opportunity for me *insert classic Zen wisdom*.  Honestly, though, it’s inspired me to take my musical-ness and push it another step ahead.  Until now, the most I’ve done in the way of actually creating music is Garage Band and a couple raps I put together with my friends.  No more.  This year, I’ve vowed to write 15 songs, armed with Mixcraft 4, my Casino, and my mind.  I know I can write raps, and how much harder can it be to write songs?  Hopefully not much more.  So, there it is.  15songsayear2011.  Because I broke my postaday2011 pledge two weeks into the New Year.

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