It’s the old, old story. Guitar nut as a kid, little local bands, then bigger bands, then a really, really good band that had a few labels sniffing around back in 1982, which led to nothing. Playing dropped off and I pretty much stopped playing for 25 years.
Then, last year I was chopping wood in the garden, got foolishly distracted at a key moment, and put an axe through my left hand. It did sting a bit.
But thanks to the wonders of the brilliant staff at the NHS, all was fixed (American chums, fear not Obamacare – any Brit who criticizes the NHS here is regarded with pity as a foolish crank)
My surgeon and physio suggested playing the guitar as therapy. And so I began again, the sore fingers, the stiff joints. But what also came back, forgotten for half a lifetime, the sheer joy of it all, the utter pleasure in just playing.
And what amazed me was the dazzling technology there was, ampsims, on the Iphone! So I began this blog just to explore all that, really it’s for my pleasure, but I hope that some of you get something out of it as well.