My husband used to say he really wanted to learn to play a guitar, so one Christmas I managed to get one for him. It wasn’t very expensive, but it was good enough to learn on. Well, he made a few feeble attempts at it, but said his wrist wasn’t built for that kind of thing… and the guitar hung in a corner.
Ra learned on it, I think Danny even learned a bit on it, but Gary really loved it and worked hard at learning how to play. We eventually got him a better one, and even took him for lessons, but that was a bit of a rip off, where the teacher spent a lot of time tuning the guitar, even though it didn’t need it. Gary decided he didn’t want to go there any more, and learned on his own.
We were going to get a better guitar for Ra, and took Gary along to advise us. Yes, he picked out a good one for his brother, but he fell in love with a twelve string acoustic guitar. We came home with two guitars! I swear he slept with his! He is a fantastic guitar player, and also plays mandolin, banjo, piano, violin, etc! He has composed some beautiful songs as well. And his photography is extraordinary, and shows his love of the beauty that he sees in his world. Birds, animals, landscapes and seascapes… he excels in each of them.
At one time Gary and his dad went to a sculpture class at night school, at the Vancouver School of Art. After that class he did a bust of his dad, and years later had it bronzed, and gave it to me. It is sitting on the other end of this counter space!