THESE are the kinds of logos I would love to make. Right now I just feel stuck on coming up with a fake company to design for. I think I'm going to either go generic like "guitar shop" or just start to do some 'work' for local businesses.
Creating a logo from scratch by yourself has proven to be really difficult. I have no one to talk with and consult along the way. So I'm thinking if I go with a business I know something about I'll have a better chance.
In the meantime, I hope you admire these logos as much as I do. There were so many I wanted to post but I think I'll spare you. These were all found at designshack.net