Smells Like Teen Spirit on Kurt Cobain’s 1953 Martin D-18 “Grandpa”
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 English language. A voice to underpin any topic with the narrator’s charm. Did I mention how gifted she is at editing YouTube videos? Now that we have dived ever so slightly into her past origins and upbringing, the accent makes practical good sense.
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.
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, let me know by emailing GuitarStories@maryspender.com
Thank you, Martin! https://www.martinguitar.com/
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