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Thread: My Past Coming Back to Haunt Me

  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    My Past Coming Back to Haunt Me

    Back in the late '70s and early '80s, I was a guitar teacher (and repairman) at Luchetti Drum and Guitar in Albuquerque. At the peak, I was teaching private lessons to 40 to 50 kids per week. Every once in a while, I get a message from one of my old students who've tracked me down via the Internet. I had to share these two messages I recently got from a kid named Greg McCool (yes, that's really his last name):

    Hey Vaughn , You taught me how to play guitar at Luchettis, in mid 70s
    I would bring you my rehersal schedule so you could teach me my guitar parts so I could keep my job in ROCK CITY .And I would bring acid influenced drawings to hang in your studio.Thanks for your gift to teach, I have been very succesful in music ,I won awards for jingle writing ,I have recorded many albums for myself and others and I am currently teaching as well . Anyway last news I heard of you was from jeff donohoe years ago when you broke your back? I m really thankful you were my teacher I can truly say that you were a huge part of my mis spent youth (I mean that in a good way)Its all worked out great.
    I would love to here from you .
    I sent him a short note telling him what I'd been up to for the past 30 years, and I got this one from him tonight:

    Hey Vaughn ,Thanks for the reply .I just wanted you to know that I won the KING OF THE BLUES competition at Guitar Centers nationwide search for the undiscovered blues guitarist .I will be representing new mexico in the phoenix district finals .The grand prize is 25,000$ and a gibson endorsement and all kinds of good stuff. I really owe it all to you for your amazing gift And When they ask who my influences are ,along with jimmy page ,robben ford, carl verheyen ,jeff beck,cris cain,larry carlton,eric clapton just to name a few,I mention you ! . Thanks Man ! Wish me luck.Love ya man.Greg
    I can't help but feel like a proud papa when I get notes like that.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Rhode Island
    Congrats to you both. you deserve it.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    thats pretty cool Vaughn. must make you feel great
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  4. #4
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    Dec 2006
    Melbourne, FL

    Nice - Great Teacher - God Guy!

    Very nice!

    I bet there are more students out there with similar stories.

    I can see the future now -----++++30 years from now.

    Wow Vaughn, those cutting boards you showed me how to make .............

    I do know a couple of cutting boards Vaughn helped me with a few years ago are still a topic of interest at some friends homes.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    You need to print those emails out, shellac them onto a board and hang it in your shop/office/whereever, in times of sadness/reflection it will be a source of strength. I have a poem written by a student a couple of years back that his father had died at an early age, his poem told me many things about our time together that I didn't realize he was feeling. I look at that often. Good for you, congratulations, great thread.

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  6. #6
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    Dec 2006
    Coastal plain of North Carolina
    Vaughn, one of the sweet rewards of life is when someone acknowledges that you made a difference in their life.

    Just this week I was approached by a gentleman who I helped a few years ago to get an interview at a company for a job. He got the job and is very happy there. He told me that I had profoundly changed his life by helping him make that contact.

    Well, you never know when some little thing you do for someone else will result in making their life better.

    Pass it forward.......
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Hopefully, he is off the acid.
    Your influence helped his life in positive ways.
    That's great.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    What a great thing that email was to have come along. That's gotta make you feel good that you have helped someone find or expand their gift of music. Very, very cool.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  9. #9
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Ha! All I ever get is old girlfriends wanting to yell at me some more.

    That's awesome Vaughn!

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  10. #10
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    Apr 2009
    Outside the beltway
    Vaughn, that is awesome. Good teachers - mentors are hard to find but I am surprised he remembered the 70's "And I would bring acid influenced drawings to hang in your studio"

    Let me add one to your collection "Double Vision" Mid 70's
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    I dream a lot. I do more painting when I'm not painting. It's in the subconscious.
    ::: Andrew Wyeth :::

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