Just me and the guitar

Today I was telling a friend about plans for the EP benefit recording. I explained that it would be a solo effort, just me and my guitar. She said, “Oh good, I like it better that way.”

Confused, I confirmed that I had heard her correctly. That’s what she said. And here I had been lamenting that was not able to pull together other musicians to accompany me on the album.

As I registered her acceptance, her approval, her appreciation of my creation as I play my guitar and sing, relief and gratitude filled me. Her simple statement helped me see that I would be enough. I could be enough. Me and my guitar could more than adequately express what I want to share. Rather than an acceptable solution, solo could actually be the preferred way to record the album.

I know that not everyone appreciates solo acoustic guitar and vocals, but, when I go in to the studio to record, I won’t think of the people who don’t appreciate it. I will picture my friend listening to the new EP in the comfort of her home, and I will sing for her and all those like her. Those who will hear the meaning and the feelings in my songs and bring themselves to the music, participating in the moment of creation.

This EP is meant to bring comfort to those who have a loved one with cancer or other terminal illness. It shares my hope, my frustration, my determination. And, finally, my desire to find acceptance and the strength to live fully even when the pain of loss hits so hard.

To prepare for going into the studio, I have been recording demos of the four songs that will be on the EP. Liked this one of “Stay With Me” that I finished a little bit ago. The studio version will sound so much better, but here’s a sneak preview – think of it as a low resolution image, a little pixelated, but you can see what is in the picture. Feel free to post comments and to share with anyone you know who occasionally likes to listen to “just singers and their guitars.”