Sometimes, I get remarks about my guitar. The fact that it is blue. The comments are always compliments as in,
“Such a pretty guitar. What a nice shade of blue.”
And I respond,
“I read a poem by Wallace Stevens once called the blue guitar. Google him, he was a famous poet, I think he was also a doctor. He wrote a poem about the blue guitar.”
This is actually not entirely accurate. It was William Carlos Williams who was the doctor and the poet. Wallace Stevens was an insurance lawyer and a poet.
And the poem is accurately titled, “The Man with the Blue Guitar”, and an excerpt reads,
They said, “You have a blue guitar,
You do not play things as they are.”
The man replied, “Things as they are
Are changed upon the blue guitar.”
And this might help you understand why I play my guitar at the Gateway Arch at a Free Speech Zone (#13).
Because I want to change, in a positive way, things as they are. With my blue guitar.