Okay, so what do I want to do with the rest of my life? There are many things that draw me – meditation, sacred relationships, cycling, spending time with kids. And then there was the package that arrived in the mail today. It consisted of two books, each offering the lyrics and guitar chords for 1200 songs.
Thirty years ago, I wrote out the titles to 100 songs I wanted to learn – singing and playing guitar. My results so far? Zero. But here I sit, wanting to sing for people, wanting to touch them with stories that open the heart. The dissenting voice inside says there’s only so much time left in my life. A guy can have too many projects, can’t he? And anyway, where am I going to find folks to sing to?
Well, a couple of weeks ago, I went to a house in London where Christine and John host folk music concerts every Wednesday evening. I had a great time. Maybe they’ll let me sing one of these months.
Do I really want to invest the time to learn old songs? Well … I could start with one, such as this pensive tale from Tom Paxton:
I’ve been wanderin’ through this land just doin’ the best I can
Tryin’ to find what I was meant to do
And the people that I see look as worried as can be
And it looks like they are wonderin’ too
And I can’t help but wonder
Where I’m bound, where I’m bound
Can’t help but wonder where I’m bound
Wouldn’t listeners find it easy to ask themselves the very same question? Yes, I think they would.
But what about my guitar skills? They’re pretty rudimentary and it’s been so long since I’ve played. So? I guess it depends on how badly you want to do this, Mr. Kerr. You decide.
Okay. I will pick up my guitar tomorrow and see what happens. That’s a promise.
Time for bed.