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"Don't quit yer day-job" is advice often heard. Well I've done it. Again.
Last time I was 24 and fed up with being an Engineer. I wanted to move away from my home area and thankfully my wife was up for it. We moved to Golden, Colorado on our 3rd wedding anniversary.
This time, I'm 41 and the choice and process were tremendously more complicated by all the things that come along with time. Inertia, kids, obligations, etc. So it was a very painful and difficult process for the last 5 months. I've sort of been absent from here during that time.
I was President of a small and very successful company that I started in 2006. After 8 years of very intense efforts I decided it was time for a change. The demands of the business had changed and other circumstances meant this was the time to spring off to something else.
This all comes back to CBGs because I went through some of the most troubling times in the last 5 months. I've faced off extremely difficult challenges including cancer when I was 29 with greater ease. I'm a stoic and logical person, but I had what were probably genuine anxiety issues and strong psychosomatic responses at certain points recently. Last week, I had an evening when I couldn't breathe.
I'm not the type to seek medication or self-medicate with alcohol to cope, but I wasn't sure what to do. And then I decided to pick up my Rustocaster 1931 license plate guitar. And all was OK.
So yes, I have quit my day-job and yes, music will be part of it. I'll spend the next year playing more and likely will build a few special instruments for sale. Here are a couple things I'm working on now.
8-string Octave Mandolin
I'm almost done with this one. My choice to use my signature twisted head stock is causing me headaches for stringing it up since I think there will be too much side-loading on my zero bone design nut. I have some ideas for solving this, but it is slowing me down.
Electric Upright Bass
My 9 year-old daughter and I are making a 1/4 size electric upright. Maple neck and purple heart finger board with 4" radius. We're calling this one the Dragon Mace since the hand-carved sections remind me of dragon scales.