I've been in a bit of a creative rut lately. As we sat sipping coffee and reading the Sunday paper, I flipped through the Lifestyle section and came upon the local musicians playing in town this week. Pulling out my iPad, I looked up the names that appeared in the paper. One of the groups had a slide guitar player.
Turning to Jilda, I said, "I'd really like to learn how to play slide guitar." Jilda is an innovator, a networker, and a connector. "Why don't we call Max." Max is our friend from Muscle Shoals, Alabama who is a slide player extraordinaire.
She sent him a message, and he said he was free on Wednesday morning – today. We headed out early and drove up to the Shoals to his home.
I knew within minutes that this was a good move. Max has played mucic with some of the best musicians on the planet. He is a great player, knowledgeable, and easy going. The hands-on session helped me understand how to make a guitar weep. Now it will take a lot of practice before I can make it sound like that.
After the lesson, Jilda and I took him to lunch. We'd just ordered when Jerry Phillips walked in. He's the son of the legendary Sam Phillips who did the first recordings of Elvis. Sam owned Sun Record Company and Studios which is considered the birthplace of Rock and Roll.
Max is friends with Jerry, so he waved him over to join us for lunch. We spent a delightful hour talking about musician friends, the music business, and good places to eat.
It was a day I will remember for a long time to come.