We Are Family, We Are A Voice, We Are Song
From Left to Right, arranged according to age:
* Angela Tirol, 150 year-old Tyrolean bass fiddle, found in San Francisco in 1989
* M'Lea, SD Curlee bass (converted to fretless, by me), found in Portland, Oregon in 1978; my first real, professional-quality bass. If my home caught fire and there was time to save only one instrument, M'Lea would be the one.
* Unnamed Hondo acoustic guitar, found in Portland in 1988. This was my mother's guitar. We were supposed to play duets one day, but she died of cancer soon after its purchase, and we never had the chance. The original strings are still on it.
* Honeygrrl (yes, that's how her name is spelled), custom-made in NYC and found in LA in 1989. Built for Kim Stone, who played her in Spyro Gyra before selling her to the fellow from whom I purchased her.
* Boy, 1991 Fender P-Bass Lyte, found in Portland in 1991. I wasn't even looking to buy a bass when I found him (the only one of my basses of masculine personality), but he felt so good in my hands I had to have him.
Together, we make beautiful music. Individually, they can and do speak for me. All of these instruments get played regularly and professionally. I love them all equally.