|Playing in the fjords...|
I suppose that I can call myself an experienced traveler now, having set foot on 5 different continents and in 23 countries. Ironically, perhaps, one of the best pieces of advice I ever got about travel came from a youngster playing guitar at the Oregon Country Fair, a scant 130 miles from my home. He was playing with a slide and sounding very good. I said, "I was going to bring my guitar, but I thought it would be too crowded and too much of a hassle."
He looked at me from over the top of his wire-framed glasses, seeming much older than his eighteen or twenty years. "It's always worth it," he said. His words rang true. I have ever since endeavored to take my guitar with me whenever I travel. And, I must say, it has opened many doors for me in my journeys.
|...and on the train through Slovakia|
During my Grand European Tour, in 1999, my guitar got a lot of use. I played it on trains, in the common rooms of youth hostels, and even on a boat in the Norway fjords.
Aside from providing a great way to kill time while waiting at the train station, my guitar proved to be an excellent ice-breaker. Trust me, I am no Leo Kottke. Nonetheless people would stop to listen, and maybe even strike up a conversation. I made a lot of friends that way.
the Boat" we were announced as coming "All the way from America." The place was packed, and we played without amplification to an enthusiastic audience that called us back for encores.
always worth it.
*Mahatma Candy was:
- Lori Hefley, voice
- David Thompson, lead guitar
- Dan Binmore, percussions, voice
- Dade Cariaga, guitar, voice
And travel you have
I always dug that name, Mahatma Candy!
But what about taking a banjo traveling, like up in the hills, like on that one movie???
That guitar changed my life, and for the better. Than you. Now I take my mandolin with me everywhere. It helps that it is much smaller.
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