For all the wonder and joys this beautiful world has to offer, there are those few times when facing seemingly insurmountable trials are utterly unavoidable. Before we know it we can be caught in a swirling vortex, threatening to pull the very fabric of our lives to bits. But it is how we respond to adversity that defines our character—and it is our character that will determine the quality of our experiences.
By paying attention and not withdrawing, I have come to understand that miracles are common-place occurrences and moving beyond the bonds that bind us is what they bring—always! The secret is not to fight against but step up and over any obstacle to a brighter day than you could have ever imagined. There must be a cosmic law somewhere that states: Never does a door close that another of greater value opens if we only but welcome it. You may think me a dreamer but this is not merely wishful thinking.
Seven years is a long time but it can also pass in the blink of an eye. In that time the personal question I have been asked the most is, “How is Chris doing?” Who is Chris? He is my nephew and 7 years ago—almost to the week—he was severely burned during a high school physics experiment. So extensive were his injuries that he was airlifted to the Grossman Burn Center and there, for 37 days, he fought for his very life. Fifty-fifty were the best odds the doctors could give us.
All right now, enough of the tough stuff. If you would like to read the entire account, we can take you back to a former Guitar of the Week and the entries that were posted as these events were unfolding.
I know I owe you another update, so let’s flash-forward to today.
Miracles, they are common place but hide in plain sight—and you are looking at one now. Before his life-changing event, Chris was an athlete, involved in organized sports. Forced to recuperate in a more sedentary manner, he turned to music—as did his brother, Tim. Together they immersed themselves in the creative process. The result has been their own original band that plays throughout the Hollywood area and a recording studio that is becoming serious business. Not to mention also earning a degree from USC.
Chris stopped by to pick up his new Atom finished in Transparent Green to Forest Green to Black Burst. What a color! But, how is he doing is still the question? Thriving is perhaps the word that best describes Chris’ life now. He is a fun, funny and joyous person to be around—one of those people who lights the place where he lives.
He doesn’t talk about what happened too much and he certainly doesn’t dwell on it but when we were having one of our “deep talks” he said, “People think that when a thing like this happens to them it is the end of the world, but it is far from it.” He went on to say that, “The way to get through any difficult period is to try as best you can to reestablish a place of comfort with the given situation. From there you can begin to manage things and gain back the power and control you thought you lost. Some days can be tough but when you do this life feels good again. That and an Anderson Guitar or two and all is well.”
He makes it sound so easy but deep down he has had to draw on great courage and a willingness to never give up—no matter what. So you ask, “How is Chris doing?” Wise beyond his years I’d say.
Did you think we would forget to talk about the guitar? Not even! Atom is an aggressive weapon for almost any style of music. It’s Mahogany construction and 24 ¾-inch scale length, along with a top mounted, wraparound-style bridge, brings focused power to the Anderson lineup in ways never before seen. To grab one and hold on reveals a tilt-back neck geometry that you can freely negotiate at break-neck speed—an absolute thrill to play! At break-neck speed…yes…definitely, but not neck breaking or even shifting out of place—ever—thanks to Atom’s new A-Wedgie neck joint. Don’t let the two bolts fool you.
Chris and Tim both believe this Atom to be the most muscular Anderson guitar yet and a perfect compliment and counterbalance to the awesome tonalities of their Cobras and Pro Am.
Life is good!
Love & Happy Playing,GUITAR SPECIFICATIONS:
• MODEL: – Atom
• FINISH: – Transparent Green to Forest to Black Burst with Binding
• BODY WOOD: – Flame Maple Top with Mahogany Back
• BODY WOOD BACK COLOR: – same
• NECK WOOD: – Mahogany with Indian Rosewood Fingerboard
• HEADSTOCK COLOR: – Matching
• NECK BACK FINISH: – Matching Satin
• NECK BACKSHAPE: – Atom Standard
• NUT WIDTH: – 1 11/16-inch
• SCALE LENGTH: – 24 3/4-inch
• FRETS: – Heavy—Exclusive Anderson Stainless Steel
• BRIDGE: – Wraparound—Exclusive Anderson/Pigtail
• TAILPIECE: – Bigsby Tremolo—Anderson Modified
• TUNING GEAR: – Locking
• HARDWARE COLOR: – Chrome
• PICKGUARD: – N/A
• NECK PICKUP: – H1-
• MIDDLE PICKUP: – N/A
• BRIDGE PICKUP: – H2+
• SWITCHING: – 5-Way with Push/Pull Switch—for 6 Sounds
• PICKUP COVERS: – N/A
• PICKUP RINGS: – N/A
• SWITCH TIP: – Black
• STRING GAUGE REQUESTED: – .010-.046 Elixir® with NANOWEB® Coating
• DESTINATION/LOCATION: Nephew