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"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived." —  Henry David Thoreau credit My phone died recently. Not like died because of its charge — permanently died. I'm not the only one whom this has happened to, I'm sure, and this isn't a complaint. Rather, it's an observation on how different the landscape of my life has been without it. I've been reading more, watching more TV, doing less doomscrolling. I found that I've missed my phone a lot less and simultaneously a lot more than I expected. And I've been noticing a difference in my mental state. My mental health is, apparently, linked in part to the device I hold in my hand 99% of the time. Who knew? However, it's still been challenging lately, for more reasons than just my phone, and my sister invited me to go outside with her. Th

Introducing My Guitar {Day 19: A Talent}

Honestly? A talent? I'm afraid to put anything on this post for fear of sounding conceited or supercilious.

Okay, okay. Fine.

I like to play guitar.

Whether I'm talented at it, I don't know. But I do know that I love playing. I got my guitar in February of 2008, as a HUGE answer to prayer. (You can read that story here.) I only started pursuing guitar this past summer though, teaching myself, and now I am in love. There's just something about music that has the power to heal and bear witness to God's amazing love. That's what I love about it.

For the sake of sounding geeky, here's a list of guitar chords I know.

C, Csus, D, Dsus, Dm, E, Em, Fmaj7, G, G7, A, Am, Asus2, B, Bm

And my favorite songs to play...

Who I Am Hates Who I've Been - Relient K
You and Me - Lifehouse
Vanilla Twilight - Owl City
Hot Air Balloon - Owl City
The Right One - Stellar Kart
Take Me As I Am - FM Static
You Are More - Tenth Avenue North

My favorite chord progression is probably C, G, Am, and F (Fmaj7). There are a lot of songs that use that chord progression, and I think it sounds awesome. My favorite chords are G, Em, D, and Csus. Csus sounds amazing!

[/end of guitar rant]

And you know how I named my bass Ben? Well, I can't think of a name for this guitar. Except for Grant. Still, it hasn't really stuck like Ben did. It does sound cute, though - Ben the bass, and Grant the guitar. They're both named after two of the favorite characters I've ever written - Grant Stokely from Chandler & Paislee (my NaNo novel), and Ben Carter from Reese's Pieces.

The sound of my fingers or my pick rubbing against the strings is probably one of my favorite sounds in the world. So is the sound of the chord reverberating as it fades away. I know, I know. I'm sentimental. ;)

I'm really sorry to those who have commented and not gotten a response. Normally I use the weekend to catch up on those sorts of things, but I woke up with a nasty cold and have not been feeling my best. I'm not ignoring you, I promise! Thank you for all your comments! ♥ If you want to connect with me further, I'm on Twitter. :) It's the perfect way to waste time, especially when I'm sick. :P


  1. Oh. My. Word. You can play 'You Are More'?!?!?!?!? EEP!!! You totally have to post a video of you doing that!!!!!

    *takes breath* Okay, I'm good. I think it's so cool that you play guitar!!! Once I learn the drums, you, me, and Anna can totally make up a band. (:


  2. Haha, I know right? How much can we actually say about the most insanely delicious food that Bacon is?! Of course... I must say that I am very hungry for Maple Bacon cupcakes right now.... Mmm.... So tasty.

    You read that entire post?! Cool points! Bacon! And Friedo the Donut!!! :P You get all of those. :) I'm totally bummed about the RP. I PMed Lady A just to make sure that it wouldn't be against the rules, but it is. So no RP about Supper the great and terrible in her Tower of Bread Dur. :(

    You can play You Are More? So jealous... ;) I wish I could play the guitar. I guess I'll just stick to the piano. I've played for 7 years, why start something new now? ;)

    Love & Hugs,

    PS: Have some more bacon. It's so tasty. *feels like a Hobbit* :P

  3. Guitar is the best:P
    And by the way -- your header and background are the coolest.


  4. I'd LOVE to hear you play! I love all those songs :) that's awesome!

    Oh and I was totally think of you when I put that picture of Sully on my blog! seriously ;) *lovelovelovelove* ;)

    love ya♥


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