Lazy days

It’s been a lean month at the sunny breaks. Not for any particular reason, and again it’s not as if I’ve been especially busy. But hey, there’s always December.

I got a new guitar. Here’s a rather flat little foto of it.

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I really like it. It’s a fender Squier in the telecaster style and with the ‘classic vibe ’50s’ model name. Like the tele deluxe I have, the colour is rather unassuming, but the sound is very nice. Both pick-ups are fairly lightly wound giving a clean sound. The body wood is pine. When I first heard about pine being used for guitars, a couple of years back I sniggered, thinking that anything that bunk beds are made out of couldn’t be good for making sound. But as is the idea with the classic vibe series, they did actually used to make some guitars out of pine way back when, And I was surprised that it’s quite light to sling around the neck and doesn’t hinder the sound at all.

Anyway, so I’m trying to play country songs. I’m dipping very slowly into country, and still only around the edges. Like Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, and a bit of Marty Robbins — a few of his songs I really like. Country-rock sits a lot better, or “cosmic american music” like what Gram Parsons called what he did. I have a real affinity with Gram. The two Burrito Brothers albums he was on, the byrds Sweetheart of the rodeo album and I’m starting to listen to Grevious Angel and GP but they haven’t grown on me the way the Burrito’s stuff has.

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