It’ll All Be Worth It

These are just the first few songs that came to mind when asked what I’d really like to learn. Each one is here for a reason, likely to surprise someone who’s helped foster my lifelong love of music. Except the song at the end. That’s just for (well-intended and harmless) spite.

Don’t Follow by Alice in Chains. A nearly 20-year-old promise will be fulfilled with this simple song, just a handful of chords and some sad lyrics. One of the band’s best from the Jar of Flies EP.

The Wind by Cat Stevens. Ok, so what girl who picks up a guitar doesn’t have a Cat Stevens song on her list? There’s some intricate picking in the first few measures sure to cause some frustration, but that’ll making learning it all the more worthwhile.

Landslide by Fleetwood Mac. Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. That is all.

Bobcaygeon by the Tragically Hip. A crowd pleaser and easily top of my list of favorite Hip songs. Looking forward to hearing it live in April in Buffalo — happy birthday to me!

Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd. One of the great ironies of my life is that, for the first decade or so that I had my guitar, all I could play was the first 12 notes of this song from a band I don’t really like all that much. Might as well learn the whole thing now to bring it full circle.

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