Friday, December 28, 2007

I Think I'm In Love/My Musicality

The title says it all.

I want to run away with Leslie Feist and make her my Indie-Rock princess [Ms. Feist, if you are reading this, don't worry. I'm not a stalker or anything.]

All joking aside, it's refreshing to find an artist such as Feist, who is talented and fun to listen to. I don't know if it's my natural aversion towards CD stores (I seem to be buying all my music online since I bought an iPod), or the music industry itself, but I seem to have a heck of a time trying to find good musicians who not only make me want to tap my feet along with their catchy tunes, but who also inspire me to go pick up my guitar and play a little ditty of my own.

You see, I used to practice the guitar quite often. I began playing when I was about eight years old, but I did not stay in lessons for long. I was impatient with myself, and my guitar teacher had the most awful looking fingernails. He told me that, "If you play the guitar, you're fingers will look like this as well."
That was enough to scare me away from the guitar for about six years.

Then, when I was about thirteen or fourteen, I began to play again, this time with instruction from a most excellent teacher who had very well kept fingernails. I soon began to participate in the Evolutionary Rock Band, and during my time with them, I was practicing for around four hours a day for about three years. I like to think that I played reasonably at this point in my life.

However when high school came to an end, and work, then college, then finally university began, I lost the drive to keep playing. I barely practiced; I was lucky if I played four hours a month, let alone four hours a day. And so it has been since then...except for when I listen to artists like Feist. They just have that certain something that makes me want to pick up my guitar and play something for hours on end. Without them I wouldn't still be playing at all.

Besides Feist, I also enjoy the following artists; Aerosmith, Audioslave, Colin James, Dream Theater, Erik Mongrain, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, John Coltrane, John Mayer, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Niccolo Paganini, Peter Gabriel, REM, Rush, Sloan, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Dave Matthews Band, The Darkness, The Tea Party, The Tragically Hip...among others.

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