Today’s post is dedicated to Mike Herman and Roger Friedensen.
I think it began in grammar school when I noticed that two types of guys got the hottest women:
- football players
- guitar players
The desire re-surfaced decades later when I began attending the annual PRSA Counselors Academy Spring Conferences.
I watched with jaw agape as two of my peers, Mike Herman and Roger Friedensen, not only made magic on their guitars but brought their own unique interpretations to well-worn standards.
I’ve never told them this, but I was incredibly impressed that these top PR professionals also happened to play the sh*t out of a guitar.
And, then, I began to perform stand-up comedy which, truth be told, requires a very different kind of talent. Successful comedians have a knack for observing, and relating, things we all see and experience. But, they put an unusually insightful and funny spin on it. That’s a gift to be sure, but I’d never rank Louis C.K. alongside, say, Eric Clapton or Tom Petty as truly gifted artists.
And, so as I looked at what I’ve accomplished to date and have yet to accomplish, I decided I needed to learn the guitar. But, because I’m an incredibly competitive person, learning a few strings from, say, ‘Paint It Black’ or ‘Crazy Train’ simply just won’t cut it.
I have two goals:
- Play lead guitar with my instructor’s band, the Barbarians, one year from today
- Play alongside Mike and Roger at some future Counselors Academy shindig (if they’ll have me).
I’d go on, but I need to memorize the opening riffs to Donovan’s ‘Rikki Tiki Tavi.’ My second lesson is tomorrow, and I need to be ready.