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THIS IS PART 1 OF MY STORY MORE TO COME LATER
I cannot remember a day in my life where I did not have a conscience desire to play and perform music.
But I will say that I was inspired to make a conscience commitment to playing and performing music when my sister came home from college at the end of the summer of 1967 with the new Jimi Hendrix "Are You Experienced" album, and played it in her bedroom. I was 10 years old and she was 20, and we simultaneously experienced Jimi. It was most inspiring because I looked up to her so much and she gladly included me in this rebellious, hard core jamming that I could so identify with.
After she went back to school, it was crucial for me to have a guitar and I begged and begged and on Christmas morning, low and behold I unwrapped a huge package and to my amazement it was a Tony The Tiger Drum Set. I was down with that, and started practicing right away. My father with no musical background other than blowing the piano player in an all girl band(he used to tell people that at my early gigs), realized very quickly that I was no drummer and understood that I knew what I was talking about when I asked for a guitar. So after six months of deafening drum practice my birthday arrived with a $19.00 Acoustic guitar. I played it for a couple of years on the farm, and with my sister moving on and getting married I was finding myself without any influence and no real inspiration, Until we moved to the big city of San Antonio.
By then I was going on 15. There I reunited with Ernie Cruz an old chum that I had met in the First Grade who had also started an interest in playing guitar. With this mutual passion we quickly reconnected and formed a few bands, I had started playing Electric guitar, all the while really just honing our craft and growing in music together going to concerts secretively borrowing gear from my neighbors sisters band sneaking it across the street in the middle of the night and returning it before she awoke.
When I was 19 I left high school and joined the Navy and found the Acoustic guitar again, and that's when I really began to feel that I was learning how to really play the guitar.