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Last week I took some time to attend the Crown on the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival in Bigfork, Mont. I wasn't there to listen to music -- I was there to play. For six days prior, I focused on my guitar technique (which had been sorely lacking), and did not think much about the market. I am a fairly accomplished vocalist, which is due to having a freakish four-octave range. It's not really something I ever worked too extensively to develop and, for the most part, the voice is a gift from the Almighty. It's nothing I've really earned, so there is no pride in having it. It's no different from inheriting lots of money: You can put it in your trading account, but it's not the same as having earned it.
But my guitar technique has always been suspect, because it's been easy to fall back on my voice -- I just find someone else to pluck the strings. So I never really spent much time working on becoming a better player. But things changed last year when I lost much of the hearing in my right ear. It really impacted the way music sounded to me. Frankly, everything sounded like a Neil Young song played by a really bad garage band. So I just stopped listening to music, and I stopped playing and singing. I was really down about it, but I figured there was nothing I could do.