My Six String Therapist

My best guitar playing happens on a couch. I’m so glad I can play guitar for me and not for some record company. It’s a therapeutic machine that build me up and stirs up creativity.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Express Yourself!.” What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?

I know recording a hit album is likely the coolest way for a musician to express her/himself but there’s a lot to be said for flopping down with an acoustic guitar on a couch and feeling the buzz. I think it must surprise my wife and kids when they hear me pickin’ an arcane 80’s tune or otherwise barely discernible guitar melody. I don’t play as much as I used to. I used to want to be the guitarist on the studio end of records. I thought about it all the time in fact until my late twenties.

I’ve recorded and made amateur cd’s and such of my music all that stuff seems self important now. I play my guitar for therapy and have no apologies for it. I hear about the trials and travails of million dollar songwriters these days and I’m no longer jealous of a life in music. I used to pursue it quite ardently. My music is now on the couch or in my classroom where I use it to get kids excited about learning. Still, I have years invested in the instrument and it is still my #1 method of self expression, apart from blogging.

Author: Damien Riley

I'm an online diarist, blog film critic, & podcaster. My views on films and life are often 'left of center' on, but I have respect for other viewpoints. I married my high-desert princess (now my queen). We have 3 children.