After three years of making music on the road, we decided that it was time to “fatten up” our sound, and a 12-string guitar would do just that.
One afternoon in July, we wandered into the Crescent City Music Store, just to see what we could see.
The place is strange indeed….an odd combination of flea market and music store with an incredible selection of musical instruments hanging from the ceiling, suspended above all manner of antiques and junk.
The proprietor, Allen, has been in the shop for 15 years, and if he doesn’t have what you are looking for, he can get it.
Keith and I spent several hours looking around that day. I purchased a snare drum on a stand for my grandson, Bennett, who has a natural talent for keeping a beat, and is pretty intense about his drumming, which is inspired by the Kodo Drummers of Japan.
As I was making my purchase, Keith was drooling over a used Takamine 12-string guitar.
It was love at first sight, but we left the store without it….telling ourselves that if it was meant to be ours, we would find a way to make it happen.
Then, I left to visit my grandson and his parents in Virginia.
Keith made a trip to visit the 12-string….his Ray Beard Acoustic resonator guitar in his hand.
When he walked out of Crescent City Music that day, he had two guitars….the coveted 12 string and a hollow-body electric resonator for when we need that “hound dawg sound”
Now that I have returned home, we’ve been experimenting with our music, and are happy with the result of adding that extra set of strings to the mix.
Today we recorded two songs with our 12 string.
The first, “Yellow Submarine”, a Beatles tune released as a single in 1966, (Click below to listen to our version of the song)
The second song we share today is titled “Because”. It was written and recorded in 1964 by The Dave Clark Five. (Click Below to listen to our recording)
Here is a picture of our entire acoustic electric ensemble…