I like to consider the week after Christmas “Spend Your Gift Cards Week.” So far, I’ve bought a few Blu-Rays (District 9, Family Guy), some clothes (pants for work, nothing exciting, calm down), a mocha at Starbucks, a TV stand/cabinet/whatever. Oh, and a mandolin. I almost bought a ukulele but I’m glad I didn’t. Maybe I will during next year’s “Spend Your Gift Cards Week.”
So, first, about the mandolin. It’s a pretty Epiphone MM-30s. It wasn’t terribly expensive, but as a result it was poorly set up and seems like it had been sitting in the corner at Guitar Center for a while. In that regard, I’m happy it was liberated. On the other hand, I’ve put an hour or so of work into it and it’s still not quite up to par. I think it needs a neck adjustment and maybe the nut needs to be filed. I plan on doing that as soon as I’m done blabbering about it here. I liked this mandolin because not only was it the only one in the store, but it has a solid top and a cool sunburst finish. I also love that it says “The Epiphone” on the headstock…makes me feel like it’s a vintage instrument even though it’s not. I tried to date it, but I can’t find info on the serial; I suspect it’s about 3-5 years old.
And now for Natalie Portman, although to get there we have to go through a few things. When I walked out of the store with my new toy, I figured the first song I would learn would be REM’s “Losing My Religion,” because that seemed obvious. Then I remembered Paul McCartney’s “Dance Tonight.” I enjoy that song; it’s a lot of fun and it seemed like it would be easier to learn. It was. So then I traipsed over to YouTube to watch a video of McCartney playing it so I could learn the song, and I stumbled upon the video, which you can see here:
And hey! That’s Natalie Portman! With Paul McCartney! And a mandolin! YAY!
And we’ve come full circle.