Keith Medley–Watching Music Happen

Have you heard of Keith Medley? If not, I encourage you to watch his video “Ancestors.”  Video of Keith Medley \”Ancestors\”

Keith has developed a 27-string guitar, a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that is as beautiful to look at as it is to listen to Keith play.

I was introduced to Keith about a month ago through Gary Barkalow’s The Noble Heart. Gary does live podcasts with people talking about living from their God-given desires, passions, and purpose. As Keith shared his story of the 30 years it took to create his 27 string guitar, it brought back all kinds of memories for me and my early growing up years in music.

I grew up playing saxophone in the high school band. I also played for three years at my alma mater, Central Michigan University. Was voted “Most Musical” by my senior high class. Voted “most spirit” by my fellow Marching Chips at CMU. I played the role of music buyer for the largest chain of Christian retail stores. I used to pride myself on how many concerts I would go to each year.

I have loved guitar music since I can remember. Loved everything from B.B. King to Stevie Ray Vaughn to Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar and the likes of Keola Beamer. Not to mention Phil Keaggy.

Over the years, it seems that my passion for music has changed. What I thought was going to turn out to be a fun hobby simply lost it’s hold on me and I stopped playing and have lost my critical ear for listening. Now I listen to the radio. It’s a far cry from where I used to be, and what I used to find great enjoyment in.

I’m not sure why, other than the music I played was something I tried to “excel” at. It was something I tried to be perfect with. It wasn’t something that came naturally to me. There was something behind the notes that was my real passion.

But with Keith, that noble purity and musical passion is deep and real and true. Couple that with being able to masterfully play 27 strings and you have a unique beauty and humble strength that is hard to compare.  Thanks Keith for inspiring me and I hope countless others.

Watch Video Here.   Keith Medley \”Ancestors\”

You can also purchase Keith’s CD “Ride” by clicking here.


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