I absolutely love this book! I love singing, and I have tried to write songs before, but I always gave up because I couldn’t find the right words or the right tune, and I couldn’t play along on any instruments. After I read Guitar Notes, I grabbed my keyboard, which I had barely touched since I gave up on my piano lessons when I was 8. The repetitive scales and note reading always bored me. I didn’t like having to follow the music that someone else wrote, and do it exactly how it was written. But Tripp’s words to Lyla inspired me, and so I just started playing until I found something I liked, just like Lyla did with the guitar. Now I’m going to revisit some of my old lyrics, and I’m going to pick up the piano again- only this time, I’m going to play to thrum.
P.S. When I found out that the Thrum Society website is real, it made my day, and when I found out that I could listen to all the songs that Lyla and Tripp wrote, it made my week! And thanks for writing Guitar Notes, it made my summer. =)
I am so honored that my story inspired you to find your thrum. I was stuck for so many years feeling as if I just didn’t have the right brain to “master” piano or guitar. I wasn’t giving myself permission to play. I hope that as you explore your music, you find joy. Frustration and mistakes come with the territory…especially when you’re embracing a new way of being. Let go of the worries and enjoy the whole messy and wondrous process.