My Son Plays Satriani’s Love Thing
My Son played lead guitar on Joe Satriani “Love Thing” in dedication to his sister and brother-in-law at their recent wedding celebrations. We all loved this beautiful and moving song (though it has no lyrics, being an instrumental ballad).
His first guitar was an Ibanez because he is a big fan of Joe Satriani. In this video, he plays the same brand of guitars Satriani uses on many of his songs including the Love Thing.
Recently we bought him a Fender Stratocaster guitar and he asked how is he going to pay back the cost of this rather expensive guitar. I said, “Pay back in (good school) Grades”. Which he did!
I am really proud of him for the dedication and the hard work he has put into it. Even though he has been playing guitar daily for the past 14 months, his academic grades have not dropped. In fact, his point average has improved achieving As or A+ in all his subjects.
What I find amazing is that he had not shown any interest in music until he started schooling in ACS(I) in 2008. In fact, his typical response to primary school’s music classes was: “I’m not very good at it”.
I guess, it was when he started going to rock concerts that he began to enjoy the feel of live music and appreciate the musical instruments more deeply.
It just goes to show that all teens need is a purpose and goal in life and they will do just fine.
Studies show that teens go to traumatic changes between 13-20 years of age as discussed in Michael J. Bradley’s excellent book (also available in audiobook format): “Yes, Your Teen is Crazy!: Loving Your Kid Without Losing Your Mind” Michael J. Bradley‘s (a psychologist using current brain research) book uses real life examples in a humorous way to explain why teens seem to routinely cruise out of control and what parents can do to guide them back to the real world – away from the unintentional end game of self-destruction, unproductive distractions and bad relationships.
Teens may not show that they need their parents (other than financial support). But they do! Show them how to cope with the stresses of changes, both physically and emotionally, and you will have children who will be happy for the rest of their lives.
Most of all, love them for who they are rather than who you want them to be.
Show them love, give them encouragement, don’t be discouraged if they blow-up in your face – and everything else will work out for themselves. Remember, teen years is a temporary phase, just like childhood. Look for the longer term relationship with your child – when they finally become adults just like you and me.
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You can watch his first ever live performance of Joe Satriani’s Love Thing here on YouTube:
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