Electric Atomic Geography

Atomic Geography

AG lives in Vestal, NY and writes about cyborgs, disability and Buddhism.

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  1. Burt Likko says:

    I can’t think of an activity I engage in that involves more small high-level cognitive choices than writing (maybe driving). And having noodled around with a guitar a bit in my younger years, I have some appreciation of what you’ve done with that Gretsch. The effort to sustain focus in your case must be remarkable, both to produce a better-than-coherent slice-of-life essay, and to produce a sustained musical drive, and I commend you for that.

    Seems to me you took your time finding the riff, and when you got it the way you wanted it, boom, it’s off to the races. Also seems to me you must have absorbed some Stevie Ray Vaughn at some point, because this sounds like the sort of thing he might have done while working out a song. (Please consider a, “Hey, you sound like Stevie Ray improvising a riff” from me to be high praise. Dude was a genius.)

    Mostly, I’m a bit humbled you’ve chosen to share your story with us and I thank you for that.Report

    • Thanks – it is high praise. Interestingly though I didn’t really listed to SRV – certainly I was aware of him, but for instance I never bought any of his music. I suspect the similarity is one of similar influences.

      But yeah focus is one of the big issues. It comes with a cost, but so does not doing it.Report

  2. Kim says:

    Electric instruments give a purer sound than acoustics.

    It’s interesting that that would be your bugaboo…

    My friend finds gamelan to be endlessly fascinating, because it’s a bit too complex for him to understand and replicate easily. If a piece of music is too boring/repetitive, it irritates him to no end (see some of Cat Stevens work).Report

  3. Maribou says:

    Thank you, both for the song and for the story.Report