Martin Guitars produced a wonderful documentary on the dreadnought, what we think of as the classic shape of the acoustic guitar.
Narrated by actor and Martin player Jeff Daniels, The Ballad of the Dreadnought traces the rise of the Martin Dreadnought from selling only a few dozen guitars for its first 20 years to becoming the musical companion played in almost every musical genre in every corner of the world.
For 100 years (1916-2016), the Martin Dreadnought has stood the test of time and survived endlessly evolving musical tastes becoming the musical companion for countless artists throughout music’s history. From Crosby, Stills and Nash on stage for the second time together at Woodstock with a D-45 to Seth Avett discovering countless songs waiting inside his Martin D-35, artists such as Rosanne Cash, Roger McGuinn, Steve Miller, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Del McCoury to name a few, will take you on a musical journey as they lovingly recall moments where they stood proudly alongside their trusted Martin Dreadnoughts. #DreadNot #MartinPride
Watch The Ballad of the Dreadnought
I try to select a wide variety of hymns from the Trinity Hymnal, Revised Edition. You may know it as “the red Trinity hymnal.” Well, our copies are green. Ever since I became pastor at Hope, I have been recording the hymn selections each week into a database. Each week, I query the database to make sure I don’t select hymns we just sang, etc. This week, I decided to compile a report of all the hymns we have not yet sung in worship in my tenure. It turns out we have sung roughly half the hymnal in under three years. I’d say that’s diversity. Continue reading
I absolutely love Fender Stratocasters. Having two myself, I’ve put my share of time on their fretboards. While I especially admire the clean finish and shiny hardware of my 2004 50th anniversary American Deluxe Strat, there’s nothing quite like the vintage worn look.
I’ve always wanted to play a true 1950s Strat. The sound, the feel, and the look are like none other. They combine to tell a unique story of that guitar’s life. Last summer, I was able to check this item off my bucket list when I played a 1958 at Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville, TN. I may meet another 50s Strat in the future, but until then, I’ll browse Instagram.