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you guessing? no, that's not it. *waits* ... *GASP!* what kind of girl do you think i AM?!?! noooo, that's not it, either!!!

give up?

i went to the Christmas party last night at my friend pat's house... it was wonderful, having the 4 of us back together again (me, pat, joe, and peyton), for the first time in almost a year, when the four of us used to be inseparable.

anyhoo. for some reason, joe thought i wasn't going to show up to his parents house for Christmas, so he brought my gift.

i almost started crying when i opened it.

first, was a card that read, simply, "aubrey, follow your dreams. i will be right behind you."

in the box? a MANDOLIN.


i hadn't even remembered mentioning to him that my biggest goal this coming year was to get a mando and learn how to play it proficiently, to help the band (and myself) take a bit more of the musical turn that we had been interested in taking. i had totally fallen in love with the mandolin this year, and all the wonderful melodies that come out of it, that i hadn't known possible. i had been counting down the paychecks until i could afford to get one, even if it was just a chincy one, mainly just for the purposes of having something to learn and practice on, so that when the financial day came, i could POUNCE on a good one to love and to cherish for ever and ever.

i sat up until almost 4 am, playing with the thing, and seeing all the wonderful noises that could come out of it (i'm certain my neighbors thank me for this), after learning how to tune the thing (pey? it's a LOT more simpler than we thought...)

my fingertips HUUUURT. but it's a good hurt.


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Dec. 22nd, 2002 10:21 am (UTC)
me, neither! i'm so very excited about it, i'm totally in love with this instrument, and saddened that i didn't know about it earlier ;)

one thing i REALLY am loving about it? NO BAR CHORDS! *squeals with glee*
Dec. 21st, 2002 11:30 am (UTC)
Whoa! I am so excited for you. That freaking rocks, girlie! I can't wait to hear you playing it -- you WILL record it for us, yes?
Dec. 22nd, 2002 10:22 am (UTC)
i'm excited, too! i certainly WILL record it for everyone to hear, once i can play it decently (which i certainly cannot right now)... i learned "losing my religion" by rem yesterday, so it feels good to learn one song, at least!
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Re: Violin is my next instrument! - (Anonymous) - Dec. 22nd, 2002 08:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Violin is my next instrument! - aubkabob - Dec. 25th, 2002 09:40 am (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 21st, 2002 11:30 am (UTC)
wow!! that is so nice, awh ♥
Dec. 22nd, 2002 10:23 am (UTC)
i do feel loved!!!
Dec. 21st, 2002 11:37 am (UTC)
wow, that kicks ass.

what a good guy.
Dec. 22nd, 2002 10:26 am (UTC)
i felt lovededed.

i still do.

although my fingertips are on fire.
Dec. 21st, 2002 11:37 am (UTC)
any mp3s online?
Dec. 22nd, 2002 10:27 am (UTC)
nooooot yet.

the noises coming out of my mando so far can not quite be constituted as 'music', let alone 'recording material'!
Dec. 21st, 2002 12:02 pm (UTC)
A mandolin? Wow...that is soooooooooo cool. This guy must really think a lot of you because those things aren't cheap.

And you actually know how to play one? Or at least have an idea? That's even cooler. I tried playing the mandolin once...notice the word "once"...they make a beautiful sound, but are harder than hell to figure out. At least for me. Only 1 brain cell and it's sick right now, so...

You play girl...learn it well. And then I want to hear it! k?

Merry and Happy...
and all that holiday stuff!
Dec. 22nd, 2002 10:30 am (UTC)
joe's been one of my bestest friends since we were 14, and he's making almost freaking $100K a year, so i know a mando didn't put him out TOO much ;)

i had never even held one until that night, and didn't know what to do with it, so i just sat on the couch all night, hugging the thing *lol*

i'm totally in love with this instrument... i'm thinking that if each musician was meant to 'click' with one instrument more than others, this is MINE.
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Dec. 21st, 2002 12:19 pm (UTC)
whoa! that's HUGE. i'm psyched for you.

so...i wanna banjo...

Dec. 22nd, 2002 10:38 am (UTC)

i can send you a PICTURE of a banjo... i can afford THAT ;)

i'm psyched for me, too. i have fallen completely in love with this instrument, and would play it even more, except for the excrutiating pain radiating from the first 3 fingers on my left hand. *owwie*
Dec. 21st, 2002 01:13 pm (UTC)
cool! I can hardly wait to hear it! (and play around with it muahaha)
Dec. 22nd, 2002 10:47 am (UTC)
lol - i kept thinking about how excited you would be to dink with it! it's so much fun!!! *squeals with unbridled joy* i just wish it would stay in tune a bit longer... i can't wait to learn more about it, ... i just have to wait a teensy bit to get some other feeling other than excrutiating pain in my left hand finger tips. i tell ya... creating callouses (sp?) for guitar is one thing.. creating new ones for a mando because you have to press two strings down at a time instead of just one is a whole new ball park. i'm having to create new 'pads' to play it, but i wanna play it nooooooooooooooow....
Dec. 21st, 2002 04:18 pm (UTC)
Argh , that was just so nice of him!!
I bet he got lots of good hugs out of that gift, that is so cool!
Dec. 22nd, 2002 11:00 am (UTC)
many many hugs.. i think he may have been a bit embarrased about my reaction..
Re: HOW SWEET!!!! - talkingpotato - Dec. 22nd, 2002 06:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: HOW SWEET!!!! - aubkabob - Dec. 25th, 2002 09:37 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: HOW SWEET!!!! - talkingpotato - Dec. 25th, 2002 03:08 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 21st, 2002 05:44 pm (UTC)
That's awesome!
Dec. 22nd, 2002 11:11 am (UTC)
i thought, so, too!!! :D
Dec. 23rd, 2002 08:37 am (UTC)
you just made me cry. i am seriously crying right now. how beautiful...

is he single? HAHAHAHA! ("why, melin, laughter in tears is my favorite emotion.")
Dec. 24th, 2002 12:31 pm (UTC)
yes, he IS single, but, true to form, he likes to kiss boys, too.
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