Not quite two years ago, an old childhood friend of mine was dying from brain cancer. Myself and several buddies were asked by his wife to play him a living room concert, like we used to play in younger days. We hadn't played together in years, and had to practice once or twice. My old Aria hadn't been out of its case in at least five years, and the frets were wore down to the wood. I went to town for new strings. I knew that new strings wouldn't do, and having never heard of Seagull before came out with a Maritime. I had picked it up inside and played it a little, and fell in love with the sound. We played an almost magical evening of music for our old friend, and then another small set on the stage in the church at his funeral. I only hope that the day I leave this world enough old friends remain to give me that sort of sendoff. Now the three of us play together regularly, after years of neglect.
And that's how I went to town for new strings and came home with a new guitar, and the wife didn't say a word...... like you said, Jim, likely a one time use tactic...
Greg, here's a fitting song for you...
WHO WILL SING FOR ME?
1) Oft I sing for my friends, when death's cold hand I see.
When I reach my journey's end, who will sing one song for me?
I won-der who will sing for me?
When I'm called to cross that silent sea
Who will sing for me.
2) When friends shall gather round, and look down on me.
Will they turn and walk away? Or will they sing one song for me?
3) So I'll sing till the end. Contented I will be.
Assured that some friend, will sing one song for me.
I first heard it on "the three pickers" an album by Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs and Ricky Skaggs. (highly recommended)
good song and thanx for the reminder! I forgot that I have that "album"...
Lennie I think of that song often. I also sang for my brother in law a few years back, he was a real bluegrass afficianado. In Jerry's mind there was no other music but Bluegrass. We used to go to many a festival together.
The "Three Pickers" album sure is a fine thing, and today the only one left is Ricky. He should go a while yet.
I don't want to sing for anyone else, at least not for a while....
I'm glad you shared the "rest of the story" (as Paul Harvey used to say) and I can see why you got away with it! But I would hope that you wouldn't have to have another friend die before you can get another guitar. Then again, you got a good Seagull so you probably won't need another git for awhile.
It would seem that the best outcome of the situation, other than a new guitar, was that you and your buds got back together to start jamming again. Priceless. Thanks again for the story.
Jim it sure was a time of mixed emotion. We all decided that we would not let that part of our friend's legacy die, and have been in regular contact since. That is the happy side of it.
..."when your friends are there...then everything's alright!"...
I'm already wangling for an S6 for Christmas with the wife - the special set of circumstances it took for that tactic to succeed the last time don't need to show up again any time soon
It turned out one of my guitar playing buddies who has a really sweet Taylor 12 string jumbo also has a Seagull. Its a few years old and I don't see it on their website now. Its a cedar top flat top, I don't believe it was the wild cherry back & sides but I haven't seen it for a while now. It has the 1.8" nut, and a cutaway. He said it was a solid top, but laminate otherwise. I played that one a couple of times and now believe I need a cedar top guitar. I'm thinking of going for an S6, many here seem to like that model quite well.
As you may know I ordered a Maritime for a higher quality solid wood different sounding guitar. I have the S6 and its NOT going anywhere!
Hey everybody, if anyone is near OKC or Tulsa area, I'm selling my Seagull Maritime Folk, hate to get rid of it but I mainly play my Taylor. Sounds great, I tend to play it mostly in DADF#AD. Here is the ad if anyone is interested http://tulsa.craigslist.org/msg/3169300300.html