HERE’S TO OLD BIKES AND OLDER GUITARS.
I love old bicycles and old guitars.
They’re both fetish items to this writer, for sure.
With an unlimited budget and no self-control I would own a thousand of each.
And if I’m not online browsing bikes, I’m browsing stringed instruments.
Seldom do the twain meet, however. And of those rare occasions, this has to be the best meeting of the two.
The above, damaged and soulful instrument belongs to singer/songwriter Glen Hansard. He started using it in his band The Frames.
As in “bicycle frame.”
In the band’s formative years, he would work on his friends’ bicycles. Soon, his house was so littered with two wheelers and their parts that their band name chose itself.
He rode this guitar hard for years and it’s taken him all over the world.
Bikes and guitars.
Both get more soulful with age.
Both become a part of you.
Both will take you anywhere you want to go.