Sometimes You Stumble Onto Something Bigger Than Your Dreams...

Sometimes You Stumble Onto
Something Bigger Than Your Dreams...

Several weeks ago, I asked the staff of Guitar World Magazine if I could write a few articles.  I could have never imagined what that action would do...

Guitar World said that they'd make a column available for me online; I wouldn't get paid, but I could link to my website and concerts. As long as the articles were somewhat guitar related, I had free reign to write whatever I wanted.   Uh oh...

My column, The DIY Musician is now taking on a life of its own.


Pictured above is Wesseh Freeman, a.k.a. "Weesay," a blind and homeless musician from Liberia that plays a 3-string oil can guitar.  Perhaps you saw the viral video of him performing on the streets.   On Monday, I published an article on Weesay using whatever information I could cobble from the internet.  The next day, I contacted his caregivers in Liberia via Facebook for an interview...and they said yes!  (We are exchanging emails as of this morning and they will relay the questions to Weesay.)

I have been reading the biography of Alan Lomax, the great collector of folk music for the Library of Congress and I'm realizing that many of these viral internet musicians possess the same magic as Lomax's subjects.  The only difference is viral stars shoot up in popularity for only a split second and then go away.

What if we slowed down and explored some of these people in detail?  What if we became "sound searchers" like Alan Lomax? 

All it takes is emailing people and asking questions. 

In my talks with Weesay's caretakers, we are planning several articles for Guitar World, including a special "how to build an oil can guitar" column.  And we're also going to raise money to buy him a house... and get an operation to restore his eyesight.

Yeah...this is big.

I'm still building cigar box guitars and playing more concerts with the Snake Oil Band.  (See below.)
I'm living a dream right now.

I hope you're doing well.  Keep in touch.

Stay primal,
Shane Speal
 
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IN CONCERT THIS WEEK!  Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band returns to The Cove nightclub!

The Cove
1500 S. George St., York PA 
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A Friday night show at one of our old stompin' ground bars, The Cove!  We will be performing in their Cigar & Whiskey lounge (they have a fully stocked humidor!) starting at 9:30pm.  This will be the second appearance of Kennedy the Merch Guy on stunt-double washboard!


The Shane Speal newsletter is sponsored by C. B. Gitty, the cigar box guitar parts superstore.  Check out their latest additions, including incredible sound hole covers!

 

5 comments

  • Lenny Henderson

    Lenny Henderson Mesa, AZ

    That is a great write up. You do have a great platform to share ideas and help. I have enjoyed the articles so far.

    That is a great write up. You do have a great platform to share ideas and help. I have enjoyed the articles so far.

  • Bruce Sandler

    Bruce Sandler Northampton, MA

    Nice job.. Great article.. Keep em coming... Thanks

    Nice job.. Great article.. Keep em coming... Thanks

  • Shaun

    Shaun Tulsa

    Great article it's nice to hear some good in this world still.

    Great article it's nice to hear some good in this world still.

  • David Reid

    David Reid Latrobe pa

    Shane,Just want you to know how proud I am of you and your work.Keep up the good job and have fun.

    Shane,Just want you to know how proud I am of you and your work.Keep up the good job and have fun.

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