I grew up in a house where music was always playing, and where there was a guitar in our living room that my Mom would sometimes pick up and play, singing and strumming to me when I was a little girl. She bought me my own acoustic when I was about ten years old, but I gave up on learning when my fingers hurt pressing on the strings, continuing with my piano lessons instead. It was one of those life decisions I regretted long after, and still do. Learning to play guitar holding strong on a list of things to do in this life.
Consequently, any lover that left a permanent mark on my heart played guitar. I envied the way they all made it look so easy, and often wished they would have offered to teach me. Looking back, I should have asked. Well, I suppose I could have asked for a lot of things. I wonder if the guitar was part of the appeal. The little girl who always dreamed of marrying a musician leading the woman in me around by the heart strings that would then attach to the ones who made music out of guitar strings. There was more to it, I know, but the music in them held an element of magic to me. I can close my eyes and still see each one with their guitars, hear the way they played them, see the way they would hold them in their arms.
With those memories in mind, here are my top five favorite songs about guitars.
“When I pick up my guitar,
this is the song that always comes.”
“Strumming my pain with his fingers,
singing my life with his words,
killing me softly with his song.”
3. Sunrise :: Ryan Bingham
from the album, Mescalito
“Here I go again,
straight up out the motel,
hock my guitar out of a pawn shop jail.
If I quit,
I’m just rolling the dice.
Couldn’t pass up the red beans and rice,
“I guess you go to far,
when pianos try to be guitars.”
“I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping,
While my guitar gently weeps.”