Sunday, June 10, 2012

parting with an old friend, ..goodbye dear guitar


just the early week of june, one of the bigger musical instrument stores here celebrated it's founding anniversary.  prices for all instruments on sale were slashed for as much as 50% off the regular price. upon knowing this, daughter and i immediately rushed to the place.  this is one opportunity we surely don't want to miss. 

it has been months now when she took a fancy towards learning to play the ukelele and she was really urging me to buy her one. when i visited the different stores, i found that a ukulele is almost priced as a regular guitar and some even are priced higher. i told my daughter i'd defer buying her one till i am able to afford a respectable piece. i don't want to gift her a so-so instrument.  it is not that often that she asks me for something and i'd like her to own a very good uke, one that she'd surely cherish and enjoy.

so there, the Infinite had answered my prayers thru this store's anniversary sale.  i was able to buy the ukelele i wanted for my daughter at 40% off the regular price. problem is, since i was able to save and thus has this extra money on me, i couldn't help but look at the other instruments.  my eyes just couldn't come off this beautiful, steel-stringed guitar lying just by itself by the corner of the store. i picked it up and wrapped it in my arms. i caressed its fretboard and smelled the fresh aroma of wood and paint and thinner and varnish.  just fresh from the guitar factory.  50% off!  i slid my thumb over the six glistening steel strings.  i heard the crisp sound vibrations of steel against the firmness of the flesh of my fingers as i plucked each string. hmmmm!! 

i closed my eyes. i saw my daughter's old guitar in my mind's eye.  i saw it's old body decorated with the graffiti written by her classmates one time she took it to school with her. i saw the colorful stick-on designs she had pasted on it.  i heard the old guitar's voice in my inner ears.  i saw the marks of my fingers and my daughter's fingers on its worn-out fretboard.  i saw the cracks in its seams.  it is a very dear friend. an old friend. and i recognized it is tired. it needs rest.  and this is the best time to retire her.

i hugged the new guitar and went to the cashier.  my daughter and i will have to establish new friendships now. with the ukelele and with the new guitar.  the old guitar, our dear friend will retire, but the music will still be there. 

the music is within us ....




9 comments:

Bani Malhotra said...

=) "the music is within us..."
so correctly said, glad to hear you have 2 new members, congrats!

Christopher Dos Santos said...

Namaste brother Sito, knowing how much you loved the old girl it must have been sweet sorrow to retire her for a younger model. Play on brother, I am sure it won't be long before we get the first blog about her character.

In Lak'ech, changing tunes changing times....

sito saguid said...

Dear brother Chris, you made me laugh. Yes, I will miss the old gal. And you are right, I am starting to discover the younger one. As I told bani, I know the new guitar will voice my music differently but I know It will provide me the same elation as the old gal. Our music is within ..

sito saguid said...

yes, dear bani, i was actually having second thoughts about purchasing the new guitar. i had this nagging feeling that my music will not be there. but, i realized the old guitar and the new one will just voice my music differently. our music is within us all. as that great american band, led zeppelin, declared it in one of their songs -- "the song remains the same" ...

Magnus macmahon said...

Always full of emotion your texts, I like how you carry your happiness simple and beautiful, you will one day be a chance to hear one of your tunes ? ;)
Bye dear sito**

sito saguid said...

Thank you friend Mahon for visiting. Still trying to be friends with new instruments. I am having lots of fun getting to know them.

sito saguid said...

Thanks for visiting friend mahon. I am having much elation getting to know the new instruments. I hope i can befriend them the soonest and coax sweet music from them.

Anonymous said...

Hello Sito,
The experience reminds me of life in general. The past is a part of our life that we must not forget- something we may cherish until transition. The present is here and the future lie seemingly ahead of us. We may not live in the
past but here is and now. We appreciate the past and know that life is a journey and must go on.
There in lies a trap. Because when when we go forward we must not hold anything back. Jess C

sito saguid said...

dear jess c,

yes, life is a journey. and there is no direction but forward. and yes, we must not hold anything back. i can't quite understand when you said "therein lies a trap". if what you mean by this is that the past compels you to "hold back" as you go forward in life then this must change. we must not be attached to the past. as you have said the past is to be cherished. the past must be a tool that we can use moving forward. remember, we are reaping the consequences of the things we did in the past in the life we are living at this moment. as we have sown. so shall we reap.