SOME TIME LAST WEEK I SAID TO ERIC ‘WE COULD JUST GO HOME” – 29th October

What are we doing here?

In earlier blogs I said we want to laugh, sing, dance …. 

In my imagination I thought (and spoke about in passing to Eric – who clearly wasn’t paying any attention!) that we would find a secondhand (cheap and working) guitar. Eric would play tunes more often (all the time) and I would sing along with him. At home, he only occasionally picks up his guitar – I thought this was because he was always working OR thinking about work. Also, he likes to spend his downtime with me – so if he is playing his guitar, he is not with me!

He’d also love it if I sang with him as he played. Makes sense! I can sing … and enjoy music; but inexplicably, even though Eric is the one person I can be myself with and trust the most in the world – I’m shy!! Back to that deep seated problem I have where I don’t want to look foolish OR make mistakes – even in front of my sweetie!

Sometimes Eric is playing to himself and I’ll be pottering around OR even reading – and I’ll start singing in the background, particularly doing harmonies! I do excellent harmony!!! But if Eric says ‘that’s great’ or ‘come over and sing this one’ or ‘join me’ I won’t. He has learned to not say anything.

Now he’ll come to me later and say “I love it when you do harmonies. I’m so amazed how you can do that and I wish you’d come and sing with me!”

So, I thought in Spain we’d find Eric a guitar; he’d play for himself, I’d get over myself and join in with him AND he could start teaching me how to play the guitar. When I said to Eric “we need to look out for a guitar for you” he said “I’m not that fussed. I don’t have a burning desire to play guitar”.

I was so surprised, but apparently Eric enjoys tinkling on his guitar every now and then, but has resigned himself to not ever being very good at it. And three months isn’t long enough to become an expert!

So, with one sweep of his ‘not really that interested’ broom, a large part of my vision of what eight weeks in Alora, Spain looked like was wiped out.

I’m very conscious of how much I do or don’t do and achieve or don’t achieve is down to me and I’m not blaming Eric’s lack of need/desire to play music or practice his skill for us not achieving this.

So, a couple of weeks later we’ve arrived in the UK for a whistle stop 5 days in England, then 5 days in Dublin and I say “okay, Iv’e been keeping an eye out everywhere we’ve been in the last 8 weeks for a musical instrument shop or secondhand shop for a small guitar for me, so that you can teach me chords and I can learn to accompany myself. Eric shows great surprise at this “oh, I didn’t realise, why didn’t you say?”

So, we were in Horley and there is a guitar shop and I find a lovely small steel stringed guitar that I fall in love with, costing about 150 pound. The young guy in the shop was very helpful and lovely and if you’re ever in Horley and want to buy a guitar – go and see him! He described the differences between nylon and steel strings – mainly to do with the sound (more classical versus more grunt) and helped with sizing, because I have small hands.

We went away to consider the purchase – pros and cons.

The first con was that we’d bought all ‘best and cheap rate’ flights for our three legs (Malaga to Gatwick, Cardiff to Dublin and Dublin to Malaga) and had said we’d only do carry on and no checked baggage. If you wanted to check in luggage it was possible, but for approximately 60 or 70 euros.

Ryanair is the most pedantic You can have 10kg each carry on BUT it has to be in one piece of luggage – no laptop bag, no handbag, no duty free shopping unless they are INSIDE your carry on bag. This made it difficult to see how we could justify the expense of buying a guitar in Horley.

The pro for buying this particular guitar is that forever more when I play it, I will always remember buying it in my friend Rachel’s village!!

Of course, while we were pondering this decision we discovered that our credit card had temporarily run out of money and so the potential to buy was no longer an option.

So, we decided while away in UK and Ireland that we would look for a guitar in Malaga when we get back. Ideally finding something secondhand would be good (for our budget) but since a) I want a small guitar (therefore choice) and b) it’s hard enough to find a musical instrument shop in Malaga (due to language) then it will be hard to find a secondhand shop too.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, we’ll find one tomorrow ….. when we visit Mal-a-ga!!!!

We hope!!

There’ll be less than 3 weeks left in Spain to learn some chords; but with still 2 weeks travelling in Morocco (no reason I can’t practice chords in the evening). If I can get a handle on chords and simple tunes in the next 5 weeks, I’ll be set up for continuing playing when back in Oz.

I need to find some more energy and anticipatory excitement from somewhere. Morocco will be amazing!!! It’s the next few weeks in Spain I’m not sure about!

Love to all! xxx

 

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13 thoughts on “SOME TIME LAST WEEK I SAID TO ERIC ‘WE COULD JUST GO HOME” – 29th October

  1. You’ll love Morocco; beautiful country and don’t set yourself the challenge of a holiday guitar experience – go for a lifetime guitar experience and if you don’t get round to it whilst you’re away, make it a priority for when you’re back xxx

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  2. Are you guys wise, or what?
    I get what you’re saying Rachel, but when I get back to the house that I don’t love in the town that I hate, my creative mood is absolutely non-existent!
    I really just thought that if I got the hang of basic chords now while I have good down time and nice surroundings then it was something to grow when I got home.
    xxx

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  3. I know you want this to be the epic adventure of your visions and that means achieving little dreams along the way. (And damnit, why not!?) You are also an eternal student and you want to learn and inhale and relish and enjoy every bit of this epic adventure you are having. And I think that’s awesome!!!
    Have a wonderful time, including siestas!! HUGS! xoxo

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  4. Hey Trish, one of your visions for your holiday has just altered slightly. You will still have guitar playing and singing with Eric, but it will be you learning to play instead. Glad you bought a guitar.
    You may not be keen but we could ‘jam’ when you get home. I have a number of guitars at home 🙂

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    • Hey Tash, I think it will be QUITE A LONG TIME before I’m able to jam!!!!

      I’m just trying to learn some chords now and toughen my fingers – in Esperance I’ll see if the Music Maestro can give me lessons.

      I also want to learn to play strings, just not chords (I’m not sure if that is the right lingo).

      Although Eric says it is important to take up jamming opportunities as good way to enjoy learning!!! I’ll see how I go, young Tash, but thanks for the offer!
      🙂 xx

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