Poem – A double life…

Take these illusions and twist them into reality…

Cut the cord of comfort and cease the calamity.

For illusions are not real…

They will suck you in…

to the vortex – you will feel

You can never win.

So stop fantasizing and just do it.

Stop analyzing…

It doesn’t hurt to just try it.

Tip on changing Strat strings…

It was pretty exciting getting my Fender American Stratocaster last year, but I found out yesterday that there is a trick to changing the strings.  I realized this as I was tuning…the tremolo bridge rose higher, and the strings kept going out of tune.  Details about this were not outlined in the manual, and the Fender site was a bit unclear.  After some searching online, I found out you have to remove the back plate on the guitar that covers the bridge springs. and balance the tension of the bridge with the string tension.  Here’s a link:  http://www.strat-talk.com/threads/floating-trem-too-high.14728/  Scroll down and look for the answer from “paulg.”  I used a 1/8″ thick section of post-it notes in place of the block of wood.:)  Happy stratting!!

cleaning out the garbage (a poem)

Cleaning out the garbage in my life

I’ve had it up to here with pain and strife!

Can’t you see I’m busy?

Why does it always have to be me?

I’m tired of doing things for everyone else.

Why can’t I just do things for myself?

For most of my life, I’ve been trampled on

Used up and tossed around…

It’s time now to turn the tide…

To cast my net open and wide…

To draw in what I had been afraid of,

whilst protected in my cove.

Layers (a poem)

Peeling away the layers of life…

like an onion…

taken so long to reveal

who I am.

I was living a lie,

afraid to shine

for fear of failure

fear of success

fear of being my best

of doing what I was meant to do


Peel away my layers…

you’ll see someone quite different

from the reserved office assistant.

You see, this reticent girl

is ready to burst at the seams

this trapped energy is about to explode

like a cannon filled with gun powder!

Contemplating further education…

It’s been a while since I last posted here…I have been thinking about how much I’ve devoted my life to artistic pursuits, but more in the background…and how the actual career I’ve pursued has been so different…you could say I’m afraid of change, but I wouldn’t be the only one…

I realize I need more skills to keep up with the current technological trends…I would like to learn more about audio recording and editing, as it relates to film, which is another art form I am fascinated with. I will be looking into studying post production at Humber College…I am planning to get into a full-fledged art career and not just artistic hobbies.:) I’ll keep you posted…

Ordered a new Fender Strat!

Well, I did it, even though I can’t really afford it!  I ordered this Fender beauty:  http://intl.fender.com/en-CA/guitars/stratocaster/american-standard-strat-hss-shawbucker-rosewood-fingerboard-sienna-sunburst/  It’s a rocking machine with the more powerful Custom Shop single coil pickups and the Shawbucker humbucking pickup in the bridge.  Now, I believe my musical palette will be complete!

Fender AmerStand HSS Shawbucker Sienna Ash Strat