Hello my Mercurial Mercenaries. Okay, so far this website has only experienced limited success, however; it has felt like a place where we can talk away from the limelight. As well as being a place where everyone can express their opinion – freedom of speech and all that – YouTube can be divisive. People post nice comments because they want nice comments in return or they post nice comments because they want to be part of the crowd. There is of course one more possibility: They post nice comments because they believe in those nice comments. When I was at school I was taught never to use the word ‘nice’. I was told that the word ‘nice’ has no value. ‘Nice’ is apparently a meaningless, filler word. The teacher who drilled that into me was one of the greatest individuals I have ever had the pleasure to know, yet, perhaps there is a place for ‘nice’. It is often, unfortunately, the only word that seems applicable!
Anyway, onto the subject in hand. I am going to talk a lot about the methods and madness involved in the creation of music. One of the topics I am going to keep returning to is the limiting of one’s choices. For, you see, too much choice can destroy your life’s work. You can set out with the best of intentions… but too many options will be the death of you. Honestly, I will return to this subject again and again and again and again.
With regard specifically to guitar amplifiers this mantra still applies. There is nothing wrong with finding a sound you like, or even a sound you can tolerate, and sticking with it. AC/DC has done just fine with an SG and a Marshall. Iron Maiden, likewise, has become quite famous with a couple of Strats and a wall of Marshalls. Black Sabbath, Joe Satriani, the Beatles, Keith Richards… whoever. It seems that the amateur is more concerned with ‘choice’ than the professional. Wake up and smell the roses. 🙂