When I was growing up technology had not advanced as much as it has done today. In the same light, entertainment and recreation was also not what it is today. Things have changed a big deal and folks who died when I was young would be surprised at how much has happened in such a short time.
During my childhood days we had a small transistor radio in the house that was the center of our evenings when we would come around it to hear the evening news. There was no TV then. We did not have electricity in the house and the small radio ran on cell batteries. As such, we could not afford to listen to the radio for very long… the news hour was pretty much what we could afford to listen to each day.
The rest of the evenings would be filled with first talk about the day’s happenings and then when supper was ready, we would all come together to sing and pray before eating and going off to bed.
The singing part was a great favorite for me and my siblings. My parents were strict Methodist Christians and they made sure that we also grew in the same way. Every evening before eating my father would led us in song using his old acoustic Seagul guitar. My father loved singing and playing the guitar and he was pretty good at it. We would all join in and we would have a great time singing some of the old Christian hymns.
As I grew older I got to love and learn playing the guitar. Watching my father play with such enthusiasm had built my interest. Noticing my interest my father had patiently taught me how to play. By the time I was getting into my teens I was pretty good. I was even playing at our local church choir.
Playing the guitar by then was a big deal. Fellows like me who could play the guitar had a high ranking in society which meant a high ranking among the girls as well. The superstardom that came with playing the guitar led many guitarists to travel great distances playing for people for a fee. This led to the popularizing of the country music singer whose guitar was synonymous to his title.
I was not able to go very far with music as a career since my Christian background would not allow me to go the secular way which many of the country music players had taken to make a career out of their guitar playing skills.
The biggest problem at our time was that the guitarists could not play for very huge audiences and they were limited to playing in salons. When sound amplification came and the musicians could get amplification for their acoustic guitars, it provided a great platform for them to grow their popularity to a zenith.
With guitar sound amplification and the introduction of electric guitars the guitarist was finally able to grow into a rock star.