Best Wishes for 2010!

From: Ian M.
Sent on: Monday, January 4, 2010 11:54 PM
Hi Everyone,

I thought I would drop you all a separate note to wish you the very best for 2010 and hope that you all have a really good year!

I personally have had a great start to the year! I went back to Scotland for Christmas and New Year to spend it with my parents and brothers and sisters (there are 8 of us!) who mostly all live near a beautiful place called Glencoe. Christmas was fabulous as always - it is such a special time of year!

At New Year I went down to my older sister's place. She has a huge house overlooking Loch Linnhe and held a party for around 70 friends from the wider area. She asked me to bring my guitar to have a 'session'. In Scotland and Ireland a 'session' is a really important part of our culture. Basically if you can play an instrument you turn up at the party in question and play and/or sing 'what you can'. Any other musicians that also come along will play along with you and the results are often amazing, like a blend of different styles and instruments coming together to provide a unique sound. Of course a really important part of a session is to encourage young musicians and learners to have a go, and this often creates surprises at how much untapped raw talent there is out there!

So for our session, we played until around 5am when it was time to go to bed! Rather than crash out in one of the spare rooms at my sister's place I took the opportunity to walk back to my parents house which is about 3/4 miles along the loch. The early morning walk was absolutely stunning! There was a full moon shining down on the loch and the entire landscape was covered in a blanket of glistening fresh white snow. I could see clearly across the loch to the breathtaking mountain range of the Morvern Peninsula. So for me, I will always remember this walk!

I hope you all had a good time with whatever you were doing!

I would also like to take this opportunity to specifically welcome new members to the group, or people that have not had a chance to come along yet. Please take the chance to come along to one of our future events if you diary allows you to. You will have fun and will meet some great people (who are themselves really keen to meet you!).

I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Kind regards,



Ian.

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