May 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Saturday, May 4: The Candyman’s 4th Annual Wanna Play? Experience!

The Candyman is a place to buy an instrument, take a lesson and hang out with other musicians over a cup of coffee

By Susan Tungate

Information and Inspiration Under Santa Fe Skies

Susan Tungate is a writer, intrepid traveler, blogger and writing teacher.

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This may come as a shock to friends and family, but I was once a Motown star. Yes, after a long day at school playing the role of a shy scholastic nerd, I shut my bedroom door  and morphed into Diana Ross with The Supremes or Gladys Knight surrounded by her Pips, singing my heart out as I performed all the moves to “Stop! In the Name of Love” or “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” And I was damn good.

Many of us sadly surrendered our hairbrush microphones or air guitars years ago, and I suspect an equal number of youngsters have picked them up today. In fact, according to a Gallup Poll statistic, 85 percent of Americans who do not play a musical instrument wish that they did. That’s where The Candyman Strings & Things comes in to save the day and your dreams.

The Candyman’s owners Rand and Cindy Cook and all the staff live their motto “Santa Fe’s Community Music Center.” Want to purchase or rent a musical instrument, repair an instrument, take music lessons, rent recording gear? Want a place to hang out for a bit, have a cup of coffee and be around other musicians? The Candyman is your place. Yes, it is a business but it is a business that seeks to give back to our community and does.

This Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.,The Candyman is offeringits 4th annual community event The Wanna Play? Experience, your opportunity to come and experience the world of music making. You can take the Rock Band Test Drive with real (not “air”) microphones and instruments, join the Harp and Drum Circles, take a mini music lesson, visit the Instrument Petting Zoo, try out the Guitar Learning Circle with The ChordBuddy System (which I saw on ABC’s Shark Tank) and, for that matter, try out any instrument.

You are just the right age to come and play.

The Candyman is located at 851 St. Michael’s Dr. The phone number is 505.983.5906. For information about The Candyman, Saturday’s event, Summer Rock Camp or other services, see their website here.

Footnote: watch this PSA on you are never too old, young, busy, etc., to play:

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