About a year ago I signed up for the epiphany-of-the-week club. In case you’re unfamiliar with this club let me explain. It is a no-cost, quasi-random way to have ideas, aha moments, etc. poked into your life. This club is a more fun than the law should allow and has proven so effective that I occasionally must stop everything just to consider the possibilities. I can’t tell you how many times they’ve introduced and idea to me while driving causing me to pull to the side of the road and stop so I could ponder. In fact, they have the uncanny ability to catch me off guard every time but almost always when I am (or should be) doing something else: listening to a church sermon, studying, working, driving, and yes, playing the guitar.
Today while playing, sitting on my ottoman cross-legged quietly picking out notes on my guitar, EOTW slapped me in the face with this gem: what if all the conversations, debates, rants, and axle-wrappage over guitar brands, woods, strings, and guitar specifications simple didn’t matter? What if, at the end of the day, the sounds (for me), the music (for others), are the only things that matter? What if the only thing that mattered in guitar-playing was player and the listener - which could be the same person?
With this poke I put my guitar on its stand and sat quietly for several minutes. This thought is hardly new or even original but it was mine now. What to do with it? Play on; business as usual? Pick one guitar and sell the rest? Give up the guitar entirely and admit defeat? Buy more guitars? Introduce other non-players to the guitar and music? Write something? Sing something? Play something? Sit quietly? Hammer out a 900 calorie run?
The epiphany-of-the-week club is free and there are other variants such as epiphany-of-the-year/month/day/minute/second but I found the weekly frequency the best choice for me. I encourage all of you to consider joining this club. It is satisfying and rewarding, and you might just find the answers to many of the heretofore imponderables in life. Let me know how it goes.