I´ve never done this before, (used someone else´s blog for a post here), but this is good, especially if you like music and understand a bit about it. This is a post from Peter Blanchette, one of the fine musicians who played here this summer. It´s all about Esperanza, (the guitar Federico built) who lives at our house.
I think he likes her. http://archguitar.com/news/2010/09/high-strung-and-beautiful-a-guitar-comes-to-life/
Makes me wish I knew how to play something on the guitar beyond the chords to "Eleanor Rigby." Makes me know that sending Esperanza to live at the Peaceable, where no one plays guitar, is like sending Cinderella to live with the Steppy Uglisters.
Oh well. The pilgrims enjoy her, even if they only play "Streets of London" and "Working Class Hero" and "Smoke On the Water" on her. We can´t all be maestros.
Before he went back to America, Peter re-strung our guitar so she could "use her entire voice properly." The guitar sounds great, but singing along is restricted to the Neil Young/Frankie Valli category, at least til you get a feel for the pitch and just drop your voice down an octave or two. (maybe this is why I always sing flat?)
Now I know why "high-strung" isn´t always a bad thing.. just something else that takes some getting-used-to. If you want to know more about Peter, who is a character, and who played at our church on Fiesta Day this year, or to even hear some of his excellent work, go to http://www.archguitar.com/ . I´ll vouch for the guy. Hey, he said nice things about us in his blog!