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Vicki Genfan / Blog

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At home, just a short time this time. Reeling a bit from a wonderful tour and visit in Germany. 7 shows with Christina Lux (www.christinalux.com) and Susan & Martin Weinert (www.susanweinert.com). Inspired by all of them, excited to work on new music (possibly a new tuning??) with the energy of the tour. Christina's voice - so strong, clear, from deep down inside, honest, compelling. Her songs force us to look at the truth of so many hard things, but always bring healing. Susan's guitar playing, filled with shades of colours that carry you to other worlds....Martin's upright bass an extension of his joyful spirit! You have to check out their music if you haven't yet! We ended each show with a couple of songs from the UnCovered CD as well as an improv 'jam'. Way too much fun. Videos will be coming soon. The big question tonight: Do I dare try to learn the theme song from 'The Price Is Right' in time for Tuesday's filming in L.A.? I have the chance to play a guitar that will be one of the prizes! They tell me it's about a 15 second spot, but I'm banking on at least 20 seconds....we'll see. I got a tip from Larry Mitchell (great, great guitarist/producer) that if I know the theme song, they'll give me some extra time going to a commercial. Have you ever heard the theme song????? OMG. Vicki the Columnist?? I'm waiting to hear back from a guitar magazine whose name I will not yet mention, who has asked me to write a monthly column on 'Acoustic Guitar Gear'...what a great opportunity for me to learn something about all of that stuff! Hope to find out soon if it's for real, or just a tease. No matter how often I declutter my desk, it remains a mess. I'm hoping to channel the energy of my partner Tay and finally make sense out of it. That and the studio. There are just too many guitars in there. Attic sale is coming up soon, spring cleaning. Time to LET GO....keep posted for tons of musical items to be sold! Did I even mention that I gave a guitar lesson to Margaret Cho???? For goodness sake. She's so totally normal when she's not on stage (or tweeting)....wow. She truly aspires to be a great guitarist. Can't wait for the next lesson! Luna is almost done with the 'Genfan' guitar....Luthier Gray Burchette has made it happen and Alex Morgan created an amazing Henna-Om design. Luna creator, Yvonne DeVilliers orchestrated the whole thing. As I write this the body is getting it's Henna design 'lasered' onto it! Yikes. We're talking with tech wizard Chris Grener about the pick-up installation. Finally got the chance today to listen to CNN all day long. Pirates. Holy crap. I'm certainly praying hard for the captain to be sent home safe and sound. I just can't quite get a grip on the reality of 'Pirates' - can you? And with all the challenges and job losses and all the people suffering homelessness, and all the fear among so many at this time I am searching for the miracles and the magic that still happens when people are honest and loving towards one another. Let's all try to help wherever and whenever we can. I feel amazingly priviledged to lead this life that I'm leading. I hope that I can offer hope, healing, and inspiration through my music. PEACE OUT and in, and all around.... Until next time - Vicki G.