Smells Like Teen Spirit on Kurt Cobain’s 1953 Martin D-18 “Grandpa”



This was an iconic moment for me. Playing “Grandpa,” a guitar originally owned by Mary Lou Lord, Kurt Cobain, and Elliot Smith, was a visceral experience. We had a short amount of time, and so this was filmed in one take only. Thank you, Keaton Yoo, for capturing the moment. I’m a huge fan of Martin Guitar; I want to be a part of their history. If you are, too, let me know in the comments below. If you were inspired to play a Martin Guitar by watching one of my videos, email me by emailing

Thank you, Martin!

Mary Spender

Mary Spender working out

I recently started watching Mary Spender’s YouTube videos after an algorithmic delivery from the YouTube AI gods. YouTube prefers us addicted to watching without thinking about watching video after video. The Skip Ad button takes longer to notice when slipping into slumber. I digress. Mary Spender is an excellent guitarist, editor, narrator of any topic, and a gifted songwriter. Young as she is, she has a ripening curious mind. I am slowly falling in love with Mary due, in no small part, to her wonderful, slightly Posh, British accent and her perfect elocution with the Queen’s English. A clear voice underpins any topic with the narrator’s charm. Did I mention how gifted she is at editing YouTube videos? Editor Badge earned.  Now that we have dived ever so slightly into her past origins and upbringing, the accent, some might characterize affectation, was nurtured and bred in the bone.

Spender was born at the British Military Hospital in Rinteln, Germany, the daughter of a British Army officer. She studied classical music at the University of Bristol, including playing the viola and classical singing.

CR’s Take

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Headphone

This wireless Bluetooth model from Bose delivers very good sound quality and active noise reduction, combining elements of in-ear and earbud earphones. These earphones have an isolating design and an ambient sound monitoring feature; they will provide some muffling and electronic canceling of external noises and reduce the amount of sound that escapes from the earpieces. As such, they are best for those who want highly portable earphones that reduce the noise they hear from their surroundings or don’t want the sound from the earpieces to disturb others.



About this item

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Bristol, UK Published on December 29, 2019 Canon, EOS 700D Free to use under the Unsplash License Clifton Sunset

I Tried Beethoven’s Daily Routine: Here’s What Happened

Mary Spender with Nose Ring

Finding Success on YouTube and the M1 MacBook Pro w/ @ReneRitchie


00:00 Rene Ritchie 00:48 Rene’s YouTube Journey 04:09 The Algorithm 05:04 Apple and the M1 Macbook Pro 08:37 Today’s Sponsor

How Much YouTube Paid Me For 1,000,000 Views and why…


She’s Not Thinking About You (Official Music Video) | Mary Spender


I Got Dumped (Again)

Bristol, UK Published on January 12, 2022 Apple, iPhone 7 Free to use under the Unsplash License

Sleeping Tonight (Official Music Video) | Mary Spender



Mary hitting lower notes makes me shiver every time!

Robert Murphy

I love the Eagles and their versions of songs but your touches on this version were just amazing! As I listen again your low notes were amazing and then the way you hit “lighten up” right after it, great job!


V. van Wijngaarden

Well done guys. As always, your voice is like that of an angel. And Rhett has the sweetest-sounding slide guitar for this. Good job


Bristol Parkway, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, UK Published on December 9, 2021 Canon, EOS R Free to use under the Unsplash License Railway station birdspotting

FENDER Just Released These AMAZING Guitars


00:00 Introduction 01:35 The History of the Jazzmaster 04:18 The History of the P-Bass 07:42 A Dream Come True

Fender – American Vintage II…

Bristol, UK Published on May 16, 2021 Canon, EOS 6D Free to use under the Unsplash License

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit (Official Music Video)

Official Music Video for Smells Like Teen Spirit performed by Nirvana.

Smells Like Teen Spirit


Smells Like Teen Spirit

Dave Grohl+2 more

UMG (on behalf of DGC); Kobalt Music Publishing, CMRRA, LatinAutor, AMRA BR, Abramus Digital, AMRA, LatinAutorPerf, BMG Rights Management (US), LLC, ARESA, MINT_BMG, and 16 Music Rights Societies


Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit – Live 1991 The Best Version

Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit – Live 1991 on “The Word” 720p HD, taken from the 1999 rebroadcast, Best Of The Word. Recorded by me using a Sony Nicam HiFi VHS VCR at SP onto a new TDK EHG video tape.