Tune Ups Tunings & Car Tunes
I was at the tender age of ten in 1957 when my brother Bob was drafted into the army and he left behind his 6-string Stella guitar. I felt it my duty to look after it in his absence and it soon became my constant companion. Two years later he returned and reclaimed his prized possession but not without rewarding my efforts by giving me a Silvertone 6-string of my own. My addiction to all manner of guitar playing & paraphernalia has only increased since then. The infamous '60 were soon upon me, and I was ready for the obsession with guitars that was about to sweep my generation into the fabulous music of that decade. Playing guitar with other people was the obvious cool thing to do in the early days of the great American "Folk Era", and since I didn't know anyone who played, my best friend George was the obvious (and willing) choice for "other person #1" in my performing life. While our high school mates pumped gas and checked groceries to earn their spending cash, George & I and two other chums earned ours playing music in and around the New York metropolitan area. All-be-it we may not have had as nice cars as some of our mates, but we sure had fun. In 1963 we even attracted enough attention to garner an audition from Columbia records in New York. Our name, The Yeomen can be found on the Goya Guitar banner in the list of "These famous (?) people play Goya Guitars". Getting our heads through doorways was a problem at that time! The next decade I found myself an Air Force Veteran living in Corvallis Oregon to attend Oregon State University. I was soon full time in the music world again traveling the west coast restaurant, resort and campus circuits. One of my songs "Carry Me Back", from the album of the same name was a regional pick in Billboard magazine. As record sales were improving, other things were not and I soon found my self a single parent with a mortgage & a guitar. Though several twists of fate, I soon found myself owning an auto repair business and having a recording studio at home. One of the results was this CD. Smile, enjoy & relate to car issues, fond & frustrating!