ex-humed asked: what kind of dulcimer do you have?
I have two!
My first is a dulcimer someone made from a kit. We got it off e-bay. I’m told it dates, at youngest, to the 70’s, since that’s when the company which made the kits went out of business.
Writing at people
Many of my songs are, shall we say, inspired by other people, and our personal interactions. This is, I think, a fairly common writing technique among singer-songwriters. Many of my favorite songs take root from a single kernel of thought regarding personal interactions.
I thought to myself the other day, “self, how crazy is it that I write all these songs about all these people, and they don’t know, and you have no intention of telling them?”
I’m not about to begin advocating that everyone should always know everything. It’s not always possible, or even a good idea, to reveal everything all of the time. However, this apparent longing for some of my songwriting subjects to know… I think indicates that my songwriting has supplanted what should be normal and healthy communication; that is, I’ve been writing so many songs with sentiments that have never been expressed in the relationships they’re about. For whatever reason.
I’m not sure that I need to tell people that they’ve inspired such-and-such song; songs take on a life of their own after they’ve been written, and to an extent, they stop being about whatever they’re about the second you share them. However… what did I ever have to lose by being honest and communicative?