The Bullet’s Blues

As was his custom, Luca Amadeo woke up early Sunday morning. Stretching, he put his feet over the edge of the bed and got up.

On his way to the kitchen to make himself a coffee, Luca looked out the window. As the sun peaked over the horizon, the early morning shadows crept along the ground like a thief in the night.

Smiling contentedly, Luca sent out his gratitude into the universe. Sunday was his day. The rest of the week, he fulfilled his obligations; he did what he had to do to survive. But on Sunday he did his own thing, in his own time.

Smelling the aroma before he took a sip, the coffee warmed his throat on its way down. Then after drop tuning his guitar, Luca plugged it into his amp. He fiddled around for a bit, warming up his fingers, then he began to wail.

As all musicians tended to do, he couldn’t help but have inflections of his guitar heroes infused throughout his own compositions. His original song “The Bullet’s Blues” was named after his dog that had died because she ran like a bullet.

His song was an exercise in blues bends and vibrato that sent chills right up his spine. This was his tribute to two of his fallen heroes left behind: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Gary Moore.

Heavily influenced from the SRV classic “Tightrope” and Moore’s heart wrenching “Still Got The Blues“, Luca played through “The Bullet’s Blues” the first time around, then he repositioned himself in his seat.

Now, he was ready to get inside of those notes and feel them. The amp screamed out Luca’s lament as he thought about his past. Family and friends left behind, but not forgotten.

And Marita – his love lost, yet still deep inside of his soul. All could somehow find expression through those blues notes that weren’t on the chromatic scale, but that were registered by the human nervous system. They helped to vent Luca’s tormented soul.

While playing, he started to think about a self-help book that he had once read, Unlimited Power [<Free Audiobook} by Tony Robbins, and the chapter in it called “Physiology: The Avenue Of Excellence”.

As he played, he began to realize that physiology could indeed alter and effect a persons mood just like those blues notes that cried out on that Sunday morning. And wasn’t that what it was all about?

People read books, watch movies, and listen to music because of how it makes them feel. Music was a gift that a musician truly understood and appreciated.

And physiology was like a musician because it could alter a person’s feelings at will. Stand up tall, breath deeply, and put a smile upon your face and you can’t help but feel happier, stronger, and more energized and confident.

But sitting down hunched over while taking shallow breaths, and looking down with a frown on your face was like injecting some blues notes right into your system.

Luca now understood the power of physiology, but still he sat there playing the blues for another eight hours. Because after all, this was his time – his life. And in this place, on this day, he was free if only for a little while. And Luca Amadeo was living his dream.

“You can’t change it, you can’t rearrange it – time is all that we’ve got…so let’s take it.” – Stevie Ray Vaughan from Change It.

Vaya con dios – The Unknown Musician.



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