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Skipping Stones

Music by james madison thomas


          This was another exploration of creating a song using an alternate tuning in combination with a modified capo, like I did

on Waterwheel. The video was shot in a dark room, and I can’t remember now with certainty, but I’m inclined to think that this

was a short capo which left more than one string open.

I remember it being a capo different in some way from the one

I used on Waterwheel. There’s not enough light here to tell.

          The song used my very first Taylor guitar, the 514cw. It

was cedar, a Limited Edition, and a masterful creation. I bought

it in Tampa at Mars Music. It was a bit more than I could afford, but I believed I could work it out to pay it off. When I brought it home, I found a message awaiting on the answering machine, informing me that my father had suffered a fatal accident. I did inherit some money from him down the road, so it always

seemed that this guitar was a gift from my dad.

          I used this guitar in worship bands, most notably in my time at Calvary Chapel South St. Petersburg. I had a rough patch in

the mid-2000’s and had to sell many of the instruments that I had

acquired over many years. Because of the connection to my dad and my history with this guitar, I never expected to part with it,

but I knew it would still be used for ministry, so I gave it up. The young man who bought it was a worship leader at the big Calvary Chapel in St. Pete. A number of years earlier, Anne and I were

active in a small fellowship on the south side planted by that church. A friend came with him looking for a mandolin. I sold the Takoma mandolin too that day though I hadn’t intended to. I have

a story to tell about that instrument but I’ll save it for the page with the video I play it on.