by Justin RosaCertified in: Guitars, Accessories, Drums, ProAudio, Keyboards12 days ago
In all of my years of being surrounded by musical instruments (8 years to be exact), never once did I get to the point where I felt myself getting tired of any of them. Sure sometimes I need to change up what instrument I play the most out of the ones that I own, but thats not what I mean... In alot of places, the day to day interaction with the things you work with, (in my case guitars) can get you very jaded. Every single day when I walk through the doors of this store be it before we open for a buisness day, or even when I come in for a closing shift midway through the afternoon, I find myself bright eyed, and feeling like a little kid again. I always do a quick walk through on the floor to see what new/used things may have shown up in our store. That is one of the most beautiful things about being here. No matter how many guitars I've had the privelage to play, or own... everytime that something walks in the door, I have that chance to feel like a kid on christmas again.
Moving onto the title of this little blog... The other day, I watched a customer go through guitar after guitar. He was originally going to purchase a Les Paul Classic. It was a beautiful guitar, with this trans black flame top finish. As he was about to finalize the purchase, he put his eyes on a Music Man Albert Lee model. He asked to play it for a minute before he paid. Well long story short, he didn't buy that Les Paul, and got the Music Man.
Sometimes, you just pick up a guitar, and everything around you changes. These kinds of experiences are the things that make me realize how what we do is so special. In fact the gentleman I am talking about came back the next day to thank us again, because that instrument brought out something in him he had not felt in a long time. A connection to the music he made, and the instrument that he would use to further himself in his musical journey.
Next time you come through one of our stores, I suggest you find that one instrument (I don't care what kind: Hand Drum, Ukulele, Microphone, Synth, Bass etc...) that makes you feel something. It doesn't matter if you buy it today, or five years down the road. Just think to yourself, these are not just toys, but the tools for me to write my piece of history down in the form of sound.
I try to do that every single day.