They are one of my favorite rock bands from the 90s. Their songs paved way for me to appreciate a guitar’s aesthetics. Some decade ago while a working student, one colleague asked, “Hello, have you seen my les paul?”
The question was so alien to me, I gestured I had no idea. The person may have spotted it for he walked to the end of the room and pulled out a striking guitar with a Gibson emblazoned. It was payday and usually some colleagues will hang out and enjoy a Burger King takeaway by the patio. Soon I heard them singing ‘every where you go, you always take the weather with you….’ with the guitar strumming in the background.
I cannot carry a note even if my life depends on it so I cleared my desk and gathered my back pack. Anyway, I was secretly hoping to go home early and finish my essay for anthropology class.
The guitar became a regular sight in the office. There I learned, it is a Gibson Les Paul, a signature model of guitar. They took turns admiring and playing and strumming with it and some even went on to enjoy guitar lessons (not me!). Ah young and carefree days.
Aptly, the song is about the effect a person has on their surroundings by the type of person they are – whether it be good or bad. I am glad that in my life journey, I have had the privilege to learn with the most fascinating, cultured, positive people. That everywhere I go, I take the weather, the lessons with me.