My Biggest Fan

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A couple of weeks ago I received the final version of the files for my CD, Soothing Guitar.

Eduardo Costa mastered it for me and did a fantastic job.

He encouraged me to create an audio CD from the files he sent me. The idea was to listen to the tracks from an actual CD to check out how it sounds.

I made some mistakes in this process right away!

It took me two hours to realize I had bought DVD-Rs instead of CD-Rs!! I had been cursing my software when the problem was the user (me!) Walmart was gracious enough to allow me to make an exchange.

Next, I wasted two of the blank CDs by write protecting them after the first track was laid. Don’t ask how that happened. I’m not sure I could tell you.

But I persevered.  I finally had a demo CD in my hands.

Maurine was on the couch next to me.  I asked her if she wanted to go to the car and listen to it on the CD player.

At first she said “No.” We had just gotten home from work and the poor thing was tired.

So, I went out to the car by myself to give it a listen.

A few seconds later she was right behind me! She wanted to be “in on” the first listen. 🙂

We live in Yuma, AZ. It was hot outside. I mean, well over 100 degrees. I started the car and cranked up the AC.

And we both just sat there.  We listened to the whole thing!

It reminded me of when we were kids.

I met Maurine when I was 15. We both went to Prescott High-School. We would hang out and spend a lot of time in the car together listening to music.

This took me back to one of those moments.

I’m a member of a rather large online community of classical guitarists. One thing that pops up in the thread from time to time is what our spouses think of our playing.

Some members complain that their spouses can’t stand to listen to them practice.

I get it.

Guitar practice is a lot of repetition. Some passages take a lot of work and don’t really sound good until they near completion.  Just the other day I spent about 30 minutes on the same two measures.

I myself was getting tired of hearing it!

Even so, Maurine is so supportive that she lets me practice right in the living room. In fact, my guitars are right there with the rest of my gear.

How many guitarists can say that?

When I recorded for the CD, I did it in the same spot I practice in. When I was ready, I would ask her if it was OK to record.  She would just sit there quietly crocheting or playing on her phone while I recorded . . . .even if it took 7 or 8 attempts.

She has been my biggest fan in every aspect of life. I’m a really lucky guy to have her.


  • Maurine Benbow says:

    Awww…I love you, honey! I never like to be away from you for very long, and I’m so proud of all that you’ve accomplished.

  • Patricia Levy Andrews says:

    Awww, that’s so sweet!

  • Pat says:

    Sweet story. You two remind me of my relationship with my husband, Sam. We married our best friends, didn’t we? And FYI, I’m your second best fan.

    • Kevin Benbow says:

      Hi Pat: Thanks for the nice words!! Certainly enjoyed the time with you seeing those comedians last week. Thanks for telling us about it. 🙂

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