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Well, I won't quit my day job.

Not that I have a day job, LOL!

The Jam Camp, for me, was a mix of feeling like I didn't fit in and feeling like it was a really cool gig. It did seem that me, and a few others, kept saying and doing just slightly the wrong things and getting put down a bit for it. This made for a fair amount of tension on my part. But, it was also great getting to meet so many fun people and to do the best I could at fiddling. There were 24 participants at the camp of which there were 13 banjo players and only 3 fiddlers. Not really the best proportions. When we broke up into smaller groups, my hubby played guitar instead of his banjo as they were very short of experienced guitar players and they are the ones that the beginners in the group watch to follow the chord changes.

Of the 3 fiddlers, I was the most experienced with having played for 8 months. The other two fiddlers, Cynthia and Jane had only had their fiddles a few days and had only messed around with them for a few hours before the camp started. But as they both also played guitar and banjo, they picked the fiddle up very quickly and did really well. They were also fearless. They were more than willing to try a solo of some sort if asked whereas I balked. The coolest thing is that Jane is in her 60's, a retired school principal, and Cynthia is also in her 60's and is a still in practice orthopedic surgeon. They are gems.

That was another interesting thing about the camp, we had an age spread from 13 to 60+, and everything from students and a homemaker (me) to lawyers, a physician, retired bank president and the current president of Morehead State University.

Bluegrass - it isn't just for hicks anymore. LOL

On Friday, the Jam Campers played two songs to open the Bluegrass 'n More festival. We did a really good job :) :)

All in all it was a good time and a good experience. Hubby got a very special sticker for recognition of his being a Jam Hero. Pete Wernick gives those to a limited number of people at each camp. People that he feels did a lot to help make the camp a good experience for everyone there. My hubby was always smiling and happy to do what ever he was asked. He also spent a lot of time helping other students with playing their guitars or banjos. I'm so proud of him :) :)

Tomorrow, I go to St. Louis to take the first of 8 fiddle lessons. They are spread out one a week for 8 weeks. I'm hoping to really learn a lot and improve my playing skills.

Hope all is well with all of you :)




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Jun. 7th, 2006 10:42 am (UTC)
Hi Lady Pearltook,

And welcome home. So glad you and Bruce had a great time.

Any chance that you can make it to the RenFaire in W'ville on Sat.?

Our best,

CB and LL
Jun. 7th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
Hi Cap'n :)

Have you asked LMW about the RenFair? I know both of us are a bit tight on coin and those things are horribly hard to watch one's purse-strings at. I could maybe do a bit of the fair, but I need to be at a jam get together at a friend's house near Springfield, IL around 5:00 on Sat. evening.

I'll be at my fiddle lesson from 6:30 to 8:00 tonight, then over to LMW's and I know she won't be home much before I will be there.

We'll see what happens :)

Jun. 8th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Dear Lady Pearl Took,

Zut!!!!!!! (Dang! en francais)

We will probably not get there until near or after the time that you must depart f/ your 5:PM engagement.

Well, it is only week one of eight visits, is it not? If we do not get to see you there, hopefully another time and place. I did want LL to meet you though. I relayed in detail to her our past meeting at Lady Mysterious Ways' home.


CB and LL
Jun. 8th, 2006 12:47 pm (UTC)
Oh dear . . . she's been forewarned :-O hehehe

It will be nice if we can work out a get together :) Hope we can manage it. There will be some weeks that I can stay over a bit more as Sir Bruce of the Banjo won't be home until late Saturday evening anyway. We'll see what we can do :)

Great to have you back, Cap'n!
Jun. 9th, 2006 02:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so much f/ your kind welcome, Lady Pearl! It is good fun to be back.

And now - DANGEROUS MIND AT WORK - What time do you plan on leaving the area on Saturday? I have special reasons f/ desiring that you and LL to meet this weekend. ;)


Captain Blood
Jun. 9th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. I didn't read this this morning (Fri.) and as LMW hadn't said anything to me about the RenFair or anything about this weekend, I didn't make plans to stay. I'm already at home now :( I'm really sorry. I most likely should have asked LMW about this weekend but thought that if she were able/interested in the Fair, or what have you, that she would say so. I got up late this morning and just breezed over who had sent emails and didn't read any of them till now.

:( :( :(

I hope you can forgive me and that we can still work something out for this summer. I'm coming down to St.L every Wednesday and Thursday through July 26th. I don't have a Saturday I can stay for until into July as I have a Michael Buble concert that I'm going to the next time I have a weekend that Sir Bruce is working (June 23rd - 24th). I will find out from SB what his July schedule looks like and let you know asap.

Once again, I'm sorry I didn't read this sooner :(

Jun. 10th, 2006 04:54 am (UTC)
C'est la vie
okay - "La vie."

Oh, well! I just wanted to surprize you - LL and I are going to dress f/ the Renaissance Faire. No biggie, but I think you might have enjoyed the Faire and I wanted an opportunity to buy you something. So next time you owe me the honor of letting me get you a little something. You must promise me! Yes - you must!

Ha, at least I got most of tomorrow's AM stuff done tonight in hopes of meeting up w/ you somewhere tomorrow morning. So that puts me one up on Saturday morn.

How did your lesson go?

My best to you and Sir Bruce of the Banjo,

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