Imaginary Puppet Theatre Set Design Sketch

Its All Falling into Place for This Weekends Photo Shoot

Today I have a song experiment – this is a version where I played guitar, bass, piano, lap steel and mandolin:

And here is just the guitar – which is the instrument I used to write the song:

Just the guitar

Wow – adding the other instruments changed the song to a point where it sounds just like another song I wrote a while back. Verrrry interesting – and something I just learned about writing, playing and arranging. It also reminds me why taking a really roughed in song to a band to arrange could be the better way to go – at least in some cases, and depending on how good the players are.

Cool beans . . .

My favorite part of these photo shoots is the set design and build. I have everything ready for #4 in the 666 Halloween Series. Today I finished the bookshelves and I built a small table to go next to Ol’ Chrome Domes high back chair.

Twelve String Autumn

My Beloved Gretsch 12 String Guitar

I found more little hints of fall along my bike ride today. I also cut and painted what will become the Imaginary Puppet Theatre full moon with bats from a few blog posts ago. Big excitement here in Orinda this holiday weekend! Man, its so nice when you’re in your own world and loving it.

Today’s song is part of a love affair I’m having with my 12 String guitar because it somehow is lush like the Fall Colors.

Self Portrait – hahaha

I’ll do another photo shoot Sunday – it will be an early Halloween post, then I will probably do a Thanksgiving “pageant” set and finally Christmas. Stay tuned.

Lose to Win

Confuses Palm Readers

I’m losing weight, and its a lot of work. I decided to name this blog and song after some corny idea of a motivational speech on losing weight – or perhaps a goofy self help book that repeats the same three ideas for hundreds of pages.

Anyway, yesterday and today I had big fun with the 12 String guitar.

My Favorite Guitars

My Favorite – the Gretsch G5622T

My all time favorite guitar is my pumpkin orange Gretsch. Its part of their value line of guitars – not the cheapest but much cheaper than their pro line. Its made in Korea, and its fit and finish is as good as the only “pro” guitar I own. This is a good part of why its my favorite – its off the scale as far as value is concerned. It stays in tune nicely and is a joy to play. It also sounds great.

Weirdo Cheap But Super Fun Squier Starcaster

While not my favorite guitar, its one that is just super fun to play is the Squier Starcaster. Its an “offset” guitar, and while the fit and finish is not as good as my favorite Gretsch guitar, it feels great to play and its sound defies its cheap price.

I’m an amateur musician and I’ll never play live (I did in the 80’s and played at Hotel Utah in San Francisco so I got that checked off my list) . I’m glad I have one “pro” guitar, but I can say without a doubt that these value guitars make me very happy because I feel I can do anything with them and the value is way better than I remember guitars being back in the 80’s.

What a great way to start the day – coffee and fond guitar thoughts. Geez, I can’t wait to play!