START DATE: 09/15/2013
# OF MUSICIANS: 12
GUITAR: Custom build by MINOR BIRD
END DATE: 12/28/2013
It was a great feeling knowing that I could give back to the place where I was raised, especially at such a crucial time for the city. Detroit may have been struggling financially, but it’s never been short on music talent, and I couldn’t wait to shine a light on the creativity and diversity of a town that never quits.
After the fundraiser ended, I personally reached out to many of my kickstarter backers to say thank you. That’s when I met Victor Long. We had a great conversation which led to his passion of building guitars. He spoke in very zen-like terms about transforming wood into an instrument. I was completely blown away by his detailed descriptions of tone woods and craftsmanship, but then something bigger happened. He offered to build a guitar for the project for free. He even agreed to pay for the wood. I was completely humbled by his offer. It was yet another magic moment in the life of The Acoustic Guitar Project!
After many conversations, Victor and I agreed on a build schedule. I took a bus to Maryland, with cinematographer Todd Leatherman, to film the picking of the wood and the building of the guitar. When it was finished, Victor asked me what I wanted to name it. I told him that honor was all his, and he treated the task with incredible respect for the city. He listened to endless amounts of Detroit music for inspiration and did enough research to make a grad student jealous. When he stumbled upon a poem by Detroit artist William Langford, the name immediately jumped out at him. The poem is called Detroit Bre[a]d, and the line is “This Symphony This City.” He even tracked down William, who was in Africa, to ask get his blessing. Needless to say, he approved.
And coming home has never felt better.
Special thanks to Ron from LUCZAK GUITARS for the free tune-up!