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“It took at least a couple of months to learn, for sure, and a little longer before I was comfortable playing in front of people,” he said.

“It took me a while just to learn chords, and then you have to learn how to switch chords and then barre chords…you’re always learning something new and that’s what I like about it. Even now, I’m learning different scales and there’s never enough to learn. 

“(Theriau) was really into it and played all the time and helped me out when I was just getting started and playing around with stuff. After that, I kind of learned the basics off of YouTube and that got me going a step further, and now all my friends play back home.

“Whenever we get together, we sit around and
jam out and all of us are picking up on new things from each other.”

Murray brought the guitar back to the home of Parker Fowlds, his 72-year-old billet and a man who played a very prominent role in Murray’s life while in Everett. He would take it everywhere around the house: the kitchen, the living room, his bedroom…wherever he could sit for a few minutes and play a few chords.

“(Parker) enjoyed when I played in the house when I got good…but when I first started playing, I don’t think he was a big fan,” Murray said with a half-embarrassed laugh.

“Everyone who starts out playing can be kind of annoying, and I don’t think it was any different with me when I first got into it. I love to play around the house, in my room or whatever.

"I don’t really take it anywhere…I keep it at home and when I’m bored I pick it up and start playing.”

His musical tastes – at least when it comes to sitting down and playing a song or two – are fairly consistent.

A born and raised western Canadian kid, one of the first musicians to influence Murray was Neil Young, who happens to be one of the most identifiable Canadians in the industry.

The trademark Neil Young tunes are his favorite: “Old Man” is a go-to and so is “Heart of Gold,” two of the most famous songs from a 1972 album (Harvest) that was released over two decades before he was born.

And, for the obvious question: what attracted him to music from generations before him?

“He was kind of the first person whose songs I tried to pick up,” Murray said of Young. “He’s Canadian, too, and he’s really unique and different from everyone else. I really loved his songs, and the harmonica is really cool too.”

What did he do next? Buy a harmonica, of course.

“Yeah, I did,” he admits with a smile. “But that’s a whole different ballgame.”



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