I realise I sound awful in this video. I am relatively new to playing the guitar and I am especially lazy about learning. Once I manage a simple song in which I can sound mournful, I seem happy to just do that over and over rather than try anything new. I first wanted to learn the guitar because I thought it would make people think I'm cool, now I don't really care.
The guitar in this video was purchased in Reno, NV, a little more than a decade ago. I bought it for my newlywed wife, who was lonely and homesick. She had thought that her learning guitar might be a good way to overcome the sadness of being far away from her family. I borrowed money to pay for it. She never played a note.
After several years with me, she went home to her family and never came back. So, I decided to learn how to play the guitar, because I was lonely and homesick, and it seemed a good way to overcome the sadness.
That's the version of the story that I'll record in my memory, at least. In truth, I brought the guitar to Cardiff a few months before my wife left. It had been sitting in my parents' living room collecting dust. Either way, from the moment I picked it up, there was one person whose songs I knew I had to learn: Hank Williams. I know I sound awful, but I like this video all the same.