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The Guitarist's Quest to be More Than Their Instrument

Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 13 years.

Struggling to fit into a traditional working society

Punching a time clock on a daily basis for life

Not the ideal desire for someone who loved to create

Mainly memorable musical notes to bring out your emotions

Make an audience to react to what you're creating

Through tears of sadness, joyful noise or pure passion

That's the power of music and guitarists in particular

Whenever that instrument comes to the forefront in a song

Listeners have a reaction to it that's immediate and makes them notice

Most guitar solos have a quiet intensity that builds and builds

Until it simply explodes into pure musical mayhem that only few

Could completely capture on a regular basis and became legendary

Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck were all in The Yardbirds

At one point or another; considered iconic guitarists in their own rights

During and after their tenure in the band; going onto bigger things

Clapton was so iconic as a musician that he was a three time inductee

Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame over the course of his career

Earned the nickname Slowhand that was so infamous

That he named one of his best albums in 1977 with that moniker

Like Clapton, Jimmy Page became an icon of his own with Led Zeppelin

Sadly, just like Clapton, Page experienced some highs and lows

Due to success, addiction and loss in his professional and personal lives

Managed to weather storms to get to a point where they're still standing

Many talented musicians work hard to find a play between work and personal

Not too many can find the right kind of stability to support their talent

And also give them a sense of calm whenever they're not touring

When a musician finds the right someone to help with that

They should consider themselves lucky and work hard to keep them

It's usually a one in a lifetime feeling to find your soulmate

Some are rare to find it twice in their lives

Falling in love professionally meant to find the right ingredients

Ideal partners to help make your latest riff into a strong song

With lyrics to match the notes flowing through your hands

Personally, falling in love is about finding the right balance

Of trust and partnership to help keep things going

Even when you're miles away from home

Realizing that creating your own traditions are just as important

As the next hit record to add to your arsenal

Traditions are in the eye of beholder

Might be strange for some; but if it works for you

That's all that matters in the end.

Cover of Eric Clapton's 1977 album

Cover of Eric Clapton's 1977 album

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