‘The Storyteller’ – Dave Grohl

As a fan of Dave Grohl, this is a book that I have been looking forward to for years. I loved his Mothers book ‘From Cradle to the Stage’, and have always hoped that Dave Grohl would write a book like this. The author has managed to tell some of the lesser known or completely unknown stories of his life while managing to avoid certain controversial subjects.

The name of the book is perfect because Dave Grohl is a great storyteller, any interview with him is entertaining, as he has a certain energy, an appreciation, gratitude and joy for every facet of his life that seeps through the pages of this book. This book is not laid out like a normal autobiography, in so far as, it doesn’t follow a linear fashion. The Author has made it clear that he and his publishing team would decide on what stories they wanted to tell and that is why this is a collection of short stories rather than a traditional narrative autobiography.

There are a lot of highlights to be in the stories in this book, in particular, I love the Joan Jett story, the one about the after award ceremony dinner, as well as the one that explains the effect of playing for President Obama had on the author and band.

One of the main messages from this book is that the Author is still amazed by the opportunities and experiences that his life has offered him. This is one of those books where I had to portion my time with it, as the temptation was to read the whole thing cover to cover in one sitting. I was delighted to hear Dave Grohl say in an interview that this was his first book, so guess who needs more bookshelf space for Dave Grohl books? The way he and his team have designed this book means that there could be a lot of books to come.

I can understand why he wants to put his voice out into the public about his life, as I have read a couple of other books on him and Foo Fighters, and it makes sense that he would want to put out his version of his life, in an effort to keep some control over imaging.

Guitar Lesson #5

The piece of music I am trying to learn at the moment is finally starting to sound as it should. John is a great teacher and is very patient with me. It is a lot of fun and I am enjoying it. There will be no class next week due to School Mid-Term break. This means I have two weeks to nail this piece down and surprise John when I go to the next class.

Guitar Lesson #4

My fourth guitar lesson has shown so improvement in my limited abilities, this pleases me. John really is exceptionally patient with me, and very positive about my progress. I want to get a lot of practice this week so that I can surprise him next week with a marked improvement in my skills. My fingers are getting used to the stretches they need to do, and I have finally managed to keep my thumb out of the way of the strings. At least I can’t get any worse!

Guitar Lesson #1

I had my first official guitar lesson this evening with a lovely guy named John. I have always wanted to learn to play guitar, but, other than buying a guitar and trying to learn on my own, I have not been to successful. My intention is to sit the Debut Grade Rock School of London Exam as soon as I am ready (hopefully by the end of the year?). I will need to practice every day (more than I did as a child learning either Piano or Recorder, just imagine the noise!). I am also learning online from the very knowledgeable Andy Guitar https://www.youtube.com/user/andycrowley. Hopefully this will speed up my learning and get me playing something that sounds like music sooner rather than later. I opted for real life lessons over self teaching, as I have tried self teaching, and I discovered that I am one of those people who needs to be kept accountable otherwise I might come up with excuses. However, if other people are involved, I will get it done, as I do not want to waste their time.