We had planned to take you on a journey deep into the catacombs of this Tiger Eye finish that adorns the first Crowdster of its kind. We had intended to show you every nuance of its figure and swoop across its perfectly sculpted body curves. We wanted to demonstrate the enchanting timbre and control derived from its sealed hollow body and explain how easily it explodes from the stage with gargantuan plugged-in acoustic guitar tones. And we had envisioned a fast trip along its super comfortable fingerboard to let you experience how wonderful life can be above the 12th fret of an ergonomically refined acoustic-style instrument.
But something happened as I begin to write and I was reminded, once again, of the impact and importance that music carries and the responsibility we have as musicians to share it. Always, when I think I have seen it all before another door will open revealing a fresh new take on the familiar and I am made aware that we live in a very magical world. The trick is to not miss it.
The phone rang. It was a friend calling to say that the Paul McCartney concert from Red Square was beginning on A & E. I thanked her and hung up the phone. I flipped on the big screen in the Anderson auditorium. I really enjoy a lot of today’s music too and sometimes I can’t help but wonder if Paul McCartney and the music of The Beatles are something from yesterday, just as our parent’s music was to us, and theirs before them. But Rock, unlike many other forms of music from the recent past, has survived through multi generations. After all it was the first form of music to be mass communicated around the world. But I believe the proof lies in the fact that my 22 and 21-year-old nephews, growing up in a non-musical household, are now contemporary Anderson Playing musicians and big Beatle fans. I was even more surprised, however, when their 13-year-old cousin came for a visit and revealed The Beatles were his favorite band. Great music of any style can cross the barrier of time.
As the picture materialized on the screen, I told myself that I would only watch for a moment and then back to work. But a moment was all it took. When I looked into the faces of our Soviet comrades, of all ages, and saw the exuberance as they sang along with the English lyrics, I was in awe. I knew what we were witnessing was of monumental proportions.
Yes, it is quite possible that we have all been born into the most fortunate time in musical history—a time when the doors of healing were literally sung open and musical messages bridged the gap between two diverse cultures that at one time threatened to annihilate each other.
Although forbidden listening in the Soviet Union of old, former General Secretary, Mikhail Gorbachev said, “I do believe the music of The Beatles has taught the young people of the Soviet Union there is another life, that there is freedom elsewhere and of course this feeling has pushed them toward Perestroika, towards the dialogue with the outside world. …I don’t think this is just pop music, this is something much greater.” Sergei Ivanov, the Russian Defense Minister, delightedly regaled us with a tale of secretly buying a copy of Love Me Do on a lovely autumn day in 1963, which motivated him to learn English. And when asked if he listened to The Beatles growing up, the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, responded, “Yes, it was extremely popular. It was like a gulp of freedom. It was like an open window to the world.” All of these are very bold, life-changing statements and their importance can hardly be overstated.
As musicians, we speak a language that is universal, that transcends dialect, culture, race and all the other societal blocks and reaches straight to the heart. What you contribute as a musician is very important.
As the camera panned through the audience during the closing number, there was a young woman, she held up the peace sign and mouthed the word, “Peace.” At that instant the full impact of this musical moment in history hit me full on. I knew what it meant. This was real, and the long journey that began with the first few chords of Rock & Roll had all been worth while. The social consciousness that had started to take voice in the 60’s had come full circle. It had grown into something of real value. Once a feared adversary is now a good friend. May the whole world take a lesson and let their differences dissolve through open, gentle communication as we find, through music, that our similarities are great, our differences small and all our real needs, exactly the same.
• MODEL: – Crowdster Acoustic
• FINISH: – Tiger Eye with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Quilted Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with African Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Crowdster Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1.73-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Small—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Ebony Acoustic
• TUNING GEAR: – Split Shaft
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKUP: – Anderson EQed LR Baggs Piezo
• CONTROLS: – Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .012-.053 Nanoweb Elixir Acoustic Guitar
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: – Music Arts Enterprises/Fort Lauderdale, Florida