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So here's a shot of me crooning at our latest show, at The Everything Chocolate Café in Newmarket, Ontario. It's a great, intimate place to play, where people get all hopped up on gourmet chocolate and coffee instead of alcohol.
Next I journeyed to Lagoon City, on the East side of Lake Simcoe to do a drumming gig with my old buddies from Roadkill.
Watch for another Cedar Thieves show in June at The Good Times Café in Newmarket, Ontario.
So I leave the store and get in the car to drive to another one and see what is out there in Larrivée land. I also decide to call my friend who is a regional manager of one of Canada's music store chains. I ask him to look around and see what they have, and if he can find something like the satin finished OM-05 guitar I found online at a store in the US. I end up going to 2 more stores and trying out the guitars. Good stuff, but nothing speaks to me like the first guitar I played that morning. I get a call back from my friend. He says his company has a couple of satin OM-05's in stock at the warehouse, so if I am interested, he can bring one by the store for the next day. I say ok, let's check it out. When I go in the next day one strum and..... bingo! That's the one. It sounds HUGE for such a small guitar. Very comfy to play. I decided to call him Max after the priest I met in the music store. Sometimes, things just work out. I went from being bummed out about missing out on a great guitar, to ending up with an amazing guitar!
So. I decided I wanted to get a new guitar to play out for live shows. I had one, but it was rather large, and made my shoulder hurt if I played it too long. I have a Larrivée guitar I have used for recording since 1999, and it sounds amazing, so I didn't want to use it for live work. I then thought it was time to go on a guitar quest. I set out early one Friday morning to go to the 12th Fret in Toronto and play a bunch. They had a few listed online that were very attractive options. I make the drive from the burbs downtown, and wouldn't you know it, the main guitar I went to play had a hold tag on it. It turns out they had just put it on minutes before I went in for some guy in Newfoundland. I was bummed. I played a bunch of others and back and forth I went. None of them grabbed me lke my current guitar did and does. So I tried the one on hold. Bad move. It sounded great. While I was playing, I overheard another gentleman talking about trading in his Larrivée guitar. The salesguy told him sales on used Larrivées was a little slow right now, and they had a bunch in already. The guy said ok, and he spent a while trying out all sorts of guitars too. I asked him at one point what he had, and he told me it was a custom Larrivée C-09 with a Florintine cutaway, and maple back and sides. BEAUTIFUL!!! He said he got it when the church he worked at was robbed one Christmas Eve. He also introduced himself as Father Max. Now I bet you are thinking he and I traded guitars or something. Nope. We both left without getting new guitars. Neither one of us found one that spoke to us. So how did I get Max? I fill in some more soon.
I'll post some more about my story to find Max. But for now, here's Max. A Larrivée OM-05 Satin Edition.
Knowing me, I'll probably monkey with it some more, so this version won't be around long. In the 'music' section, under ~ C ~, the song is called 'Waiting'.
edit - Yep... Already messed with it :)
Sometimes too much choice is debilitating. I got a mic, a guitar, and an iPad. I'm going to post some new songs soon that are back to the basics. Just a guy and a mic.
What a life! How many of us change the world? How many of us do it so many times over?
“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly
satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”
–Steve Jobs (1955-2011)