Don’t Steal Guitars

It’s easy to look at all the negatives that have resulted from widespread social media adoption. Snap judgements, headline-length attention spans and trolling are just a few examples.

But every once in a while, the power social media is put toward a good cause — and helps someone in ways that were impossible before the digital age.

Last Thursday, Nyack-based guitarist/bassist/vocalist/all-around nice guy Dan Rappaport (of Curbside HustleDanielle Sheri Band,  Dead Meat and others) was hosting the weekly open mic at the Casa del Sol in Nyack, NY. Dan runs the open mic every week, jamming with fantastic musicians from all over the Hudson Valley, NYC and beyond.

But this week, unfortunately, took a turn for the worse as Dan’s sky blue Gibson Les Paul was stolen from the venue.

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Stealing a musician’s guitar is like stealing a carpenter’s tools or a chef’s knives. Often, these instruments are a person’s livelihood. And even if they aren’t the moneymaker, they’re connected to their person in deep, important ways. You just don’t mess with that kind of stuff.

The internet seems to agree. Something about the loss of this beloved instrument struck a chord with folks in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Dan’s humble post was shared a whopping 3,800+ times, as friends, acquaintances and even strangers spread the word.

Today, we know that the power of social media — for good and evil — is a real thing, folks.

Today, we can chalk one up for the good guys.

Today, Dan’s guitar is back where it belongs.

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Peace and love, folks. And don’t fucking steal guitars.

 

 

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