New year, new strings. I’m embarrassed to say that my guitar hasn’t seen the light of day in a couple years, and I finally decided enough was enough. This past weekend I took out my Leatherman, cut off the old, well worn strings, and then spent time cleaning the guitar and then replacing the strings.

It wasn’t just the strings that needed to be replaced, but rather, where I spent my time in search of peace and calm.  It took awhile, but I discovered that endlessly scrolling social media when I was “bored” was not going to relieve myself of any stress or anxiety. There is nothing real in that, nothing of value, and nothing fulfilling in that aim. 

Music, on the other hand, has the power to heal, calm, and transform. Music is a gift from God, and I’m looking forward to spending more time toward that end. There is no better time than now to hear the beauty that music can bring.

So while my guitar needed some polish, if I’m being honest, so did I. I think we will get along just fine.

Music is mere beauty; it is beauty in the abstract, beauty in isolation. It is a shapeless and liquid element of beauty, in which a man may really float, not indeed affirming the truth, but not denying it.” 

G.K. Chesterton, George Bernard Shaw