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"I WANNA BE
A MUSICIAN!"

The declaration - typically from an adolescent family member - purses the lips
of parents hopeful the child's future would
be more about picket fences and 2.1 offspring
than hit songs and hedonistic excess. ■ But
that's not how it was with family of one singer/
songwriter/producer. ■ Hoping his son would pursue his musical dreams, Steven Arena not only encouraged his
eldest son, Chris, to make a living by playing music, he unabashedly
offered a bribe in the form of a six-stringed family heirloom.
Used for years by
Chris' grandfather,
New York jazzer Joseph Arena, the '59 Les
Paul Standard is one of
very few finished by Gibson in
black instead of the sunburst
the company used to show
off the figured-maple tops
used on the model from
1958 through 1960 (another
Standard finished in black
was profiled in the December '14 issue of VG).
"I grew up with the
guitar," said Chris.
"Christmas Eve was a
big event at our house,
and we had a huge
party every year. I
remember it being
tucked behind the
sofa in that worn
case before t he
party, and how
grandpa
would polish
and tune it
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for what seemed like forever before finally
plugging in.
"Then, the house filled with music. My
mother's father played piano while Joe,
my father's father, played his Les Paul. For
hours, they'd jam on Christmas songs,
Italian songs, and every standard ever
written. I loved it!"
After graduating with a B.A. in Music


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