The Inner Core of Lahore

…and so our hero finds himself out of his element ~ far from the tranquil hills of Abbottabad and the familiar songs of birds, goats and rain on his terrace ~ in a hotel of downtown Lahore.  Romantic and frantic, but not quite the night-life he is used to…or one he feels very comfortable in.

Alas – musical work calls me from my nest a few times each year.  Like Thoreau selling beans in town to acquire the necessary currency for various things he needed at his cabin, I too must “sell my anguish” (as Leonard Cohen once referred to the poet’s marketing of their writings) to meet needs for certain things I am unable to personally provide for my family and I.  And with my garden now pretty well completely in the bellies of hungry snails, it looks like we’ll be grateful for our local vegetable market well into autumn.

It is not that my work involving music is painful or distasteful to me ~ naturally I adore song and the honour of sharing it with other musicians and audiences.   It is simply that, the music business sometimes places me in environments and circumstances which are often out of my personal comfort zone (for a whole host of reasons which I won’t go into here.)    I am a pretty introverted home-body and not the type who manages well emotionally with fast-paced, highly social and often competitive atmospheres.  An old Richie Havens tune “Simple Things” comes to mind.

In any event – never let it be said that I was not open-minded or unable to make a fun adventure out of any circumstance.   My guitar and I are here for a day to meet and collaborate with some very wonderful artists who have already humbled us with their talents and their gracious invitation to join them on a song.

Last night I re-strung my guitar and once again pondered how I could re-use my old guitar strings in some way.   Refreshing the steel and nylon guitar strings several times each year on multiple instruments (guitars, banjos, mandolins etc) has left me with a box load of old and broken strings which I know must be useful around the house in some other way.

If anybody has any ideas, please do post them!

Categories: Personal Philosophy, Reduce Reuse Recycle, Simple Living

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13 thoughts on “The Inner Core of Lahore

  1. Cool guitar case 🙂 n great pic! Probably something artistic from the strings like a wire guitar decorated with beads, jewelry ( African art) or just getting the strings into shapes n making magnets from them.

  2. Junaid

    well i cant tell you how to use your old guitar strings my friend but i can tell you that your blog is awesome!

  3. Amin

    Old guitar strings:
    – string together to make a laundry line – two things you love right? guitars and laundry 🙂
    – what about making attaching small clothes pegs of paperclips to them of varying sizes and using them to hang your favourite cards, post cards, little art pieces etc.
    – you could use them to tie back plants, i.e. to shape a rose bush as it grows or vines as they crawl up a wall.
    If all else fails, give them to your local hardware store that you mentioned a few posts back and I’m sure they’ll come up with a whole host of recycled gizmos!

    Hope you enjoy Lahore – have some Chai and pakoras for the rest of us 🙂

  4. Awww, thanks Juanid. 🙂

  5. Great idea Loefemia! In fact, another person suggested something similar and passed the idea along to me through a mutual friend with this link:

  6. Hey Amin,

    All amazing ideas. I especially like numbers 2 and 3.

    A few weeks ago I broke a clay pot and kept the pieces until I knew what to do with them. I think what I’ll do is start making mobile-like wind chimes from the broken pieces of pottery, wrapped in guitar wire and suspended from a central point…. the clinking clay pieces hung by thin guitar wire may (hopefully) continue to make music for years to come….and drive my neighbours crazy!

  7. They’re really pretty! I’m sure if u had the patience u could probably make them 🙂 saw a really awesome vase today which seemed to be made entirely of guitar strings as well. Should u make them 🙂 please post pics so we can see.

  8. Salam!

    When I was young, I used my broken guitar strings to design my room. I attached cut-up stars to them and hung the string in the celing. Maybe you can get the glow in the dark ones! Maybe you can do this for your daughter!


  9. Incredible idea! Thanks Haris!

  10. Cool, recycled guitar strings bring a host of creative in-home ideas – I concur with the washing line suggestion. I would use them for jewellery and tying flower bunches too. If all else fails, donate them to cleverer folks to reuse (e.g.

    Stay true. Peace and eco-jihad.

  11. Great! Thanks for the link.

  12. I am so glad you started a blog read a few posts and believe me this is the best blog I have ever been too.
    Looking forward to read more of your posts.

  13. You are too kind sir. (blush)

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