(with apologies to David Letterman)
10. Martin names a signature model after me.
9. Shawn Colvin calls me up and asks me to be her lead guitarist on her next concert tour. Or Mary Chapin Carpenter.
8. I wake up one morning, pick up my guitar and miraculously find that I can play blues as well as Duke Robillaird.
7. I am asked to do a restaurant (instrumental) gig at a nice local place every Saturday evening, for decent pay – but the management doesn’t mind if I take an evening off to go on a fishing vacation once in a while.
6. I finally discover a guitar that is even sounding, resonant, responsive, easy to play and hold, sounds great both amplified and acoustically, has plenty of natural volume, is beautiful in an understated way – and doesn’t cost two arms and three legs.
5. I have a manageable number of students who always show up right on time for their lessons, always remember when payments are due, practice regularly, and are both enthusiastic and realistic at the same time.
4. (in reference to #5…) Always am able to offer my students music to play that is challenging, gratifying, interesting and FUN – all at the same time.
3. Sit down on my back deck on a warm summer evening with Paul Simon or James Taylor, talk music and play a few tunes together.
2. Hear the Beatles live, in their Apple studio, writing and rehearsing Sgt. Pepper.
1. Just one more time, play classical guitar duets with my dad.