The role of the critic in the modern theatre is one of heartache and the temptation of hatred. Only in the theatre can a single review kill a show.
When you start buying electric guitars, the habit can become compulsive and joy lifting. The trick, to me anyway, is to only add a new guitar to your collection that has some useful uniqueness and hopeful provenance. I’m not interested in ever re-selling my guitars, but I am always interested in the providential find online. Last week, for some reason, I was drawn to eBay — I haven’t bought or sold anything online there in over seven years — and I did a quick search on “GE Smith Telecaster“, because I fell in love with the sound of that chunk of wood and wires on YouTube, and I found one for sale at a great price in a hard-to-find black color. In this promotional shot, Black isn’t even shown and, on the Fender website and in the promotional video for his Telecaster, GE Smith “hopes” one day it will be available in Black: