My favorite part of being a guitarist is that sometimes I don’t realize how powerful a song is until I’m the one controlling it. You can listen to a song and have your sonic experience with it, but it’s not until you deconstruct it and break it down into chords and words and learn how it works the way it does that it hits you. By playing the song yourself with the chords at your fingertips and the words pouring from your own lips, it forces a connection between you and this piece of music that before seemed so distant and unobtainable. The lyrics suddenly mean more you to you, and the notes ring out to perfectly compliment the emotion they evoke and you gain a greater understanding of why the song just works as a whole. It’s no longer some distant voice. It’s you.