Good morning on the last day of the year! This is fascinating, reading everyone's history...with a wide range of ages, at that. I'm retired after many years of government work, and have a Windows-based studio (Cool Edit Pro, now Adobe Audition) where I record locals, concentrating on acoustic or small-group electric. Right now I've got a Christian group recording a CD's worth of non-traditional Christmas songs (Christmas in Prison by John Prine, for example) and I will probably add some electric bass and Dobro to their efforts before I'm done. I play guitar, Dobro, pedal steel (barely), bass and harmonica. When cornered I can sing. I started playing in graduate school and figured I'd not ever get beyond the beginner level, but hard work triumphed over natural talent and I can now fool people pretty good. Never played above the bar-band level, but I can tell you that involvement with music has made my life much richer over many years. And now, with my studio, dealing with everyone from the clueless to the semi-pro, I get to hear great new stuff all the time without even having to learn the chord patterns! Oughta be illegal. I have met more talented people in this business than I would ever have imagined, including many friends online.
"Digo, 'paciencia, y barajar.'" -- Don Quijote de la Mancha, Part II, Chapter 23