It’s a cliché of the human condition that one moment you’re whining about not having enough money to purchase, say, a plasma-screen TV, or bitching about rising gas prices, and the next you’re recoiling in horror over reports of fellow humans who have lost everything. This kick-in-the-stomach sadness has been happening all too frequently. Just a couple of months ago, I was thanking readers for buying GP’s tsunami relief t-shirts, and now we’re dealing with massive devastation right here at home. Lately, the entire world and everything about it—including, for Pete’s sake, the weather—seems to have gone off its rocker. If you’re one of the lucky people who hasn’t been touched by crisis, you should stop and count your blessings. Like, right now.
In this regard, I’m so proud to be a part of a fabulous, caring, and proactive musician and manufacturing community that steps in quickly and charitably when people are in need. GP has already received many requests from gear makers who want to help, and we are in the process of working with them to develop a charity auction or similar event. (We’ll keep you posted on the progress—check these pages and guitarplayer.com for updates.) It’s also apparent that musicians of all stripes are already donating time, money, and resources—and many of these actions were launched even before the government got its gears fully engaged. (Which makes an old punk rocker and ’60s-era idealist proud: Yeah! Power to the People!)
It’s a real blessing that our little musical family can consistently jettison self-centered concerns and pitch in. After all, worrying about Number One is a pretty reasonable activity when global disasters, family emergencies, war, ill health, ebbing finances, job-related problems, and other bummers of modern-day existence can stress out our coping powers and threaten our comfort zones. So here’s to all of us, and all the good works—large and small—that we strive to do. Peace.