Guitar, its Music, and The Connection to Planet Earth
ME AND MY GUITAR
Back to mother earth,
The holy grail,
For thousands of years
The patriarchy has tried to obstruct and pervert
Man's ability to reach the holy grail.
The arch of a bow
Was made from seeing a rainbow
And the string connecting both ends of the bow
Becomes the earth's horizon.
In my guitar is the mystery of the rainbow,
The golden chalice,
The "Pot of Gold",
The holy grail ~
And the meeting of heaven and earth.
~ by Patty Ann Smith
"All music is what awakens from you ~ when you are reminded by the instruments."
"Playing the guitar is like telling the truth ~ you never have to worry about repeating the same (lie) if you told the truth. You don't have to pretend, or cover up. If someone asks you again, you don't have to think about it or worry about it...because there it is. It's you."
B. B. King
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From Singer Songwriter Magazine
I think the guitar makes a direct connection for a singer in a way that very few instruments can. You're holding the guitar against your chest as you're producing the noise, and certainly that's not true with the piano. That's not to say that I favor the guitar, because they're two different beasts. But the guitar does something different, and if you write with the guitar...I don't know, you can get into the whole Druid concept of guitars being alive. When you sing through the guitar, the guitar sings back to you.
Yes, that intimacy of wood against your body.
Yes, intimacy is a good word for it because the guitar at its best, is a very intimate instrument ~ much more so than an organ or a piano or a bassoon.