My Rickenbacker years....
I've not been disabled all of my life, but it seems like ages since i was playing bass guitar in a band. Not only does it seem like ages ago, it WAS ages ago. I was young and i followed my heart, not knowing where it would lead to. If i knew now how it would go, i wouldn't have bothered. It was a brand new Rickenbacker bass and I loved it. It gave me hours of pleasure to learn how to play with it. I was proud of owning a Rickenbacker. I had the guitar for years, but my life could and should have been so different. They say we learn from our mistakes. Over my lifetime i've made plenty of them. How different my life could have been if i hadn't.
i've always been interested in playing a musical instrument so when i brought my first guitar, a second-hand bass, for next-to-nothing i was made up. I didn't have any amplication to start off with so i had to borrow my mates until i got sorted out. Before long i had an amplifier. It was so heavy i had to transport it by taxi. I hadn't wrked that out, but you're only young once. I spent as much time as i could learning new songs to play. Iwas so consumed with playing the guitar that i didn't bother with a girlfriend for years. The guitar was my substitute girlfriend, or so i thought. What a mistake that was.
We played gigs all over Hinckley, but the desire to progress any further than we were wasn't really there. We were getting older and it wasn't as much fun as it had been. We'd had a good run though. When you're in your twenties you think you'll never grow up. But you do. Even writing my own song couldn't persuade me to carry on.. The buzz had gone when we got rid of the manager. Playing a guitar didn't seem to be exciting any more.
we went from iMmpressionable 20-something kids to interested-in-something-else kids. It was great when we started out, but things change.. i was going out with Samantha soon after. My twenties was the best time of my life. Things could have been so different though. It seems that they were thrown away as i lived an impossible dream.