The weather was great for a few hours near noon, the sun was out and the sky was as blue as you’d picture it on a perfect day to go to the beach. I took a walk through the city and checked out Minotaur before I went into Cranbourne Music next door.
They used to be next to Melbourne Central a few years ago, so walking into this new store was both refreshing and nostalgic. I used to know a guy named Dean but the people at the shop were just as welcoming.
I bought myself some Ernie Ball strings and one of the staff who walked past me said ‘Great choice of strings, I used to buy the Power Slinky for the lower 3 strings and Regular Slinky for the higher ones, so when these came out I was like yesss,‘ he clenched his fists and threw his head back as he said yes.
I looked down and realized I was holding the Ultra Slinky, with the gauges of the strings matching three from each of the other options.
I saw a family at the checkout, the dad was asking for a guitar stand for his daughter’s new guitar. It looked like they were buying everything she’d need to start learning. It really takes me back to when I was in 7th (I think?) grade when I made my mom take me to a music store, we went for a guitar but came back with a tuner, spare strings, string conditioner (what even?), picks, a capo, and a songbook (with 5 songs I knew out of the 30). It just made me smile because all of them seemed clueless while the kid looked excited about getting a guitar.
The strings were cheaper than I thought, so I’m happy with my purchase so far (I’ll update this post once I’ve tried playing with them). It’s also really cool to see all the artists who use Ernie Ball listed on the back of the package.
It began to rain as I left the shop, so I ended up at my friend’s apartment in the city for the rest of the afternoon (he plays guitar too). The cover photo was taken from his balcony.
More on Minotaur though: I usually marvel at the sheer volume of pop culture merch they have, but I took an interest to their novel section and picked up Neil Gaiman‘s book Norse Mythology (y’know, because Thor), and as I expected, five words in and I couldn’t put the book down. The chapter was titled ‘Freya’s Unusual Wedding,’ and it was the most engaging prose I’ve read all week (I’ve been reading 60 pages of course material everyday). It was a perfect snapshot of Loki’s harmless (but helpful, even) mischief, and how Thor had to deal with it.
Financial Times’ description couldn’t be more accurate: ‘Gaiman assumes the role of fireside bard, inviting us to sit close on a chilly winter’s night and chuckle and wonder along with him.’
It was a great read, I didn’t buy it but will definitely be going back for it soon.