Elective Affinity

Elective affinity is a concept originally used by Max Weber to explain how capitalism and Protestantism came to be associated.  It’s sort of a case of ships not passing in the night.

Here, I want to use it in a different sense.  One of my kids goes to a couple of sessions on Thursday afternoons.  I usually drop her off, and T picks her up and takes her back to her dorm.  This week, T is out of town, so I had drop-off, wait two point five hours, and pick-up duty.  Fine.

But since I didn’t want to go home, I took advantage of the two free hours to head down to my local Sam Ash.  I browsed electric guitars for a while, then decided to look at acoustics (because they’re comapartively fragile, acoustic guitars have their own climate-controlled room, which is very nice, with comfortable furniture for sitting and playing).

There was a gentleman in (“Bob”) there tuning a 12-string, and we got to talking about guitars and players and shops and things, and before you know it we were playing tunes together.  The Beatles, America, The Band, Dylan, Grateful Dead, Elvis, Ry Cooder.  It was a hell of a lot of fun.  I think we may have chased a couple of would-be acoustic players out, but fun all the same.

In fact, probably one of the best musical hours I’ve had in years.  I’m unlikely to ever meet Bob again, but who knows?  Maybe I’ll head back to Sam Ash next Thursday!


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