i don’t have any kind of natural talent or facility with playing music. some people are born with an innate ability, but it was always a struggle for me to learn. i used to stay up late into the night playing guitar until my fingers bled through my calluses, trying to figure out how to play the songs i loved.
an acquaintance from school came over once, thinking we might start a band. he looked at my guitar, noticed the discolored strings, and disdainfully asked “what is that?”
“oh. it’s blood…”
we didn’t start a band. we also never hung out ever again. never had much luck with collaboration.