What is your biggest inspiration and where has it taken you?

Real Estate Agent with AAA Property Preservation Locksmith Services

I was inspired by a recent blog on Active Rain entitled "What was the very first personal technology you owned?" by Rene Fabre.  Very nice job Mr. Fabre, and a very nostalgic trip for me.  My life, also, has been heavily influenced by technology; and it got me to thinking about some of the things that have shaped my life.  Probably the biggest influence for me has been music.  My grandparents used to run a truck stop called "The Star Café" in the little town of Greenfield in California where I lived as a youngster in the late ‘40s and ‘50's.  The jukebox was always playing the most popular songs of the day; and Les Paul and Mary Ford were huge then.  In my mind I can still hear their wonderful music note for note.  At age eleven I fell in love with the guitar; and, of course, my first hero was Les Paul.   Les Paul was not only a wizard playing the guitar; but he was the father of modern recording.  He invented so many machines and techniques that are still used today in the recording industry.  He was also the one who got me interested in technology, and that has served me well over the years.  Here's a nice tribute to Les Paul written by Craig Anderton:  http://www.musiciansfriend.com/lespaul-tribute.


My dad had an old beat up guitar that he gave me to get started on.  The back was coming off and the body was warped and split.  The neck was also warped so that the strings were about 3/8 inch or more high over the fret board.  In short, it was a mess.  But I was so determined to learn to play that it didn't matter.  There was a cabinetmaker in town -- Mr. Morgan -- who was so kind.  I took my old beat up guitar to him and he glued the back on again and did whatever he could to make the instrument playable.  I owe him a great debt of gratitude.


I started off with just about four chords or so that Dad taught me and I played every chance I got, often playing into the wee hours of the morning until my folks made me go to bed.  My fingertips were so sore for about the first month because those high strings were just like cheese cutters, cutting into my flesh.  Then, at last, calluses formed, thankfully, and the pain went away and it became easier to play.


As time went on I became even more passionate about music and the guitar.  At last I convinced my parents to let me get an electric guitar.  When I got my new electric guitar, I gave my old guitar to my best friend Ron and started teaching him how to play.  He picked it up and "ran with it".  Before long we were playing duets in our little church and having a ball. 

The photo shows Ron playing my old guitar and accompanying his brother Sam on trumpet in that little old church.  Ron and I played together for years after that and the passion has never left either one of us.  I miss those times so much.  They set the direction my life has taken to this day.


So, what was your biggest inspiration and where has that taken you?

Comments (4)

Charlie Ragonesi
AllMountainRealty.com - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

I think growing up and working in factories looking at the people around me was a big inspiration. They had very little but worked very hard. They were smart and shared . So I was inspired to work hard too

Feb 06, 2010 08:28 AM
Clark Hitchcock
Re/Max Nyda Realty Inc - Chilliwack, BC
Realtor - Fraser Valley

I find inspiring things around me almost every day. Creation is one of them. People with enthusiasm, and creativity. We just need to keep looking for the good stuff it is there all the time.

Feb 06, 2010 08:31 AM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

That's a huge passion!   Right down to the bone of your finger tips.......   Wow!    I am still seeking the biggest passion - done lots of great things, but not sure any have been "my passion."

Feb 06, 2010 08:34 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Thanks Jon, for your very kind compliment. I talked about the shaping forces of technology, yet, as with you, music was the primary reason for developing the 'tinkerers' habit. My Dad was an exceptionally gifted accordian player and performed all over the Pacific Northwest for a little over 46 years. We grew up in Renton, WA, then a very blue collar small town. Everyone worked for Boeing or PacCar...

My Dad was one of the few who did not, and one of the fewer who made a very unconventional living in those days. Growing up, we always had a houseful of students, friends, and fellow musicians. Dad taught in his studio in the basement, I played guitar, French Horn, keyboards, and both my brothers played as well.

Often on weekends, the wives and girlfriends (sometimes both) would show up and get the fixings for a party going, then after the gig, my Dad and his musician pals would show up a little before 2:00 AM. The playing would go all night and finish up with a big breakfast before they all left! What great memories.

So, not to go on too long... I share the passion, and music was my greatest gift and I'd be nowhere without it. Also, I loved Les Paul and the tribute you link to. Also knew Paul Tutmarc Sr. here in Seattle who was also an early experimenter with electric pickups on guitars. Nice blog... see you online, thanks again...

Feb 15, 2010 11:31 AM