An anniversary that passed me by in Kiev was the 10th anniversary of the purchase of my first guitar. I remembered it late last week and thought about it again thanks to a reference to former Leamington quintet The Great Blind Degree (one of their members helped me pick said guitar). Heidi, my 2003 Fender Mex Standard Telecaster (Arctic White finish), has been through countless strings and tunings, beaten up, bled on, dropped from great heights and played until I could feel metal becoming one with my flesh (in a similar way to that scene in Superman III). As a guitarist, my actual ability doesn’t get me into anyone’s idea of a hall of fame, but it does help in the eventual expressing of things that would otherwise never leave my brain.
Happy birthday Heidi. Here’s to more birthdays.