Gretsch Guitar Acrylic Painting

Newest painting from The Artist’s Loft.

I am getting ready for an art show here.

Life moves on for me. Sometimes I wonder if I should hang up the old blog hat and quit posting, but I see my blog changing faces and I look at my stats and I know there is merit in keeping it and letting it evolve! For those dear long-time readers who still check in, thank you! To new visitors, welcome! I am always, always open to feedback about the blog, things that will improve it, etc.

I feel like a little girl wandering a dirt road, hands in pockets, feet dusty, gone too far from home to get back any time soon, a bit scared of what’s around the corner but just excited and joyful enough to keep on walking.

Do enjoy this day! They go by quickly! Take joy.

Browsing and Listening

One-of-a-kind music store.  Sound Pure.  Be still my heart.




Silvertone electric guitar

Sitting on bended knee in the store, listening.

Gold sparkle — Nashguitars

I wander through the store and see my life through different eyes.  They are mine, but they see things they didn’t see a few years ago.  I have to wonder, as I think on this, what else is right in front of me that I do not see?  What is out there, quietly waiting for my attention or acknowledgement, that I won’t see until my mind and heart are in a different place.  One thing’s for sure.  The guitar has stuck.  Permanent seat in the house.  No doubt.

Enjoy this day.

Unlikely Duo? Loretta Lynn and Jack White

Loretta Lynn, born in 1932, successful country singer influenced by the mining community and the times in which she was raised. Jack White, born in 1974, successful rocker, producer, and music video director who is considered eccentric and has an unusual connection to the number 3.

In 2004, Loretta Lynn did an album. Jack White produced it and played on it. It’s so good!

Jack White’s grit. Loretta Lynn’s voice. Her story. His musical influence. Her style. It won two Grammy awards and was nominated for three more. Yeah.

How did I miss this when it first came out? Oh yeah, I was busy reading children’s books and going on school fieldtrips. ;) But it’s all good. And it’s never too late to hear it, if you haven’t already.

Van Lear Rose

Enjoy this day.

Every Ending is a New Beginning

I just wanted to share a recent painting that I sold locally.  I have done two very similar paintings.  If you saw the first one, you may be wondering about that, but I just love the saying, and the guitar in the painting is very special to me.

As blogs go, this is a wonderful place to keep track of things, but I like to share things too. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I am so happy today in the artistic outlets that I have available to me. Music inspires art, art inspires music. It all inspires me!

Going into Monday. Into September. Towards fall.

There is one thing constant: change.

Enjoy this day.

The Sky is the Limit (and more about Courage)

Out and about this evening, I stopped in at Origins where they have a new facial serum for trial.  When I emerged from the mall, the sky hit me in the head!  It was beyond gorgeous.  A 1000-dollar camera could’ve captured it for you, but you’ll have to put up with my cell phone picture.

There, seeming to be right above my head, was everything from the moon to bright sun to dark storm clouds. The streak lightning started up on my way home. Now I am nestled into the Artist’s Loft, practicing my guitar for the evening. I am aiming for 10,000 hours of guitar practice, for 10,000 hours is what is said to create mastery of a field. Perhaps I can add three more hours this evening.  The sky is the limit, if one practices.

The song I am learning now is Look What You’ve Done by Jet. It has two barre chords in it. Yeah. The barre chords are related to the F chord. F = frustration .


Oh, but wait. I mentioned Courage. I found some really cute shorts in the boys bin at GW Boutique. 1.39$. When I saw the label…

I had to buy them. I got picked on by Princess of the Universe a bit. They are cargo. They are boyish. They make me feel like a Boy Scout. And I’ll wear them if I want to. (Thank you, Grandma Mattie, for the attitude about clothes.)

Month Seven Guitar Player

Good morning!

I hope you are well today!

A few things about A Mother’s Journal:  You can see that the format has changed. The focus has changed as well. Music has become such a huge part of my life, it has found its way into everything I am doing right now. Playing the guitar has given my mind an outlet. It nudges away depression and gives me something to strive for. I am busy putting things back into place on the blog, though some things that were here will not be coming back. Some of you have asked for an e-mail subscription button. That is at the bottom of the page. I would love to know if it works for you! I have also put a widget at the bottom that will have some links — someone asked about my mom’s blog: Henny Penny Lane. She has an awesome blog!

Would you be interested in hearing my latest progress video? I am at Month 7. Practice, practice, practice!  I have also found someone I’d like to take voice lessons from.  I think that will help me a lot.  I’ve never had the opportunity to have any voice training, and I do love to sing!  As an aside, I am NOT a left-handed guitar player.  My camera program reverses the images and videos.

The song below is called Old-Fashioned Morphine by Jolie Holland.

I love that we only have one day at a time. It’s pretty much all I can handle right now. How about you?

Enjoy this day!

D’Addario NS Micro Clip-On Tuner Review

Good morning!

How are ya today? I am off work today! GASP!  I have worked Saturdays and lots of holidays for years and years, so you will understand the joy of a three-day weekend for me! I am off work today, working on my art, playing my guitar, milling around the “artist’s loft,” enjoying the light coming through my large window.

Maybe you don’t play the guitar, but I imagine that I get the occasional guitar player stumbling by my site from a search. That said, I want to review something I have been using lately. It was a gift, and I love it! It’s the D’Addario NS Micro Clip-On guitar tuner. As a beginner guitar player, I was originally going to YouTube to tune my guitar. There are very helpful sound clips on YouTube to help you tune by ear. I am not knocking that method of tuning by any means! But I love the “step up” that I have taken with a tuner that stays on my guitar and “listens” for me, for the perfect pitch.

D’Addario NS Micro Clip-On Tuner

This little tuner is so many things! It tunes based on vibration, so no sound input needed; it’s precise, it’s obscure, it will work on a variety of instruments, and it has a reversible screen and metronome. I can speak from experience: it made a great gift for an aspiring guitar player!

I hope you enjoy your day.  Set a good goal for yourself.