Monday, November 27, 2017

Monday's Muse

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.  ~ Zig Ziglar

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday's Muse

When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.  ~ Willie Nelson

Friday, November 17, 2017

CTO ... Just for Laughs

Check This Out ... single panel cartoons, drawn on yellow sticky notes. Here's one the Trapezoids can relate to! Check out the work of webcomic Doug Savage at .

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday's Muse

Dance first, think later. It's the natural order. ~ Samuel Beckett

Friday, November 10, 2017

CTO ... A Musical Mesmerization

Check This Out ... An animated visualization of "In the Hall of the Mountain King," composed by Edvard Grieg, drawn by DoodleChaos and posted to the youTube channel of the same name. You'll like it. Check it out!

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Monday, November 6, 2017

Monday's Muse

Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once - whether you are ready or not - to put this plan into action. ~ Napoleon Hill

Friday, November 3, 2017

CTO ... Bing Futch Captures the Memories at Black Mountain Music Festival

Check This Out ... Bing Futch ~ awesome mountain dulcimer player, drone pilot, and videographer ~ provides us a nice "scrapbook" of the 2017 Black Mountain Music Festival. His video really does capture the feel of the place and the event. Until we meet again ... check it out!


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Black Mountain Music Festival 2017

I spent last week at the second annual Black Mountain Music Festival held at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The festival website promised great workshops and jamming for both mountain dulcimer AND hammered dulcimer, with additional classes in ukulele, fiddle, and autoharp. I went with high expectations and was not disappointed!
Photo Credit: Dan Landrum
102 mountain dulcimer players and 49 hammered dulcimer players attended. Director Chuck Moseley put together a dream team of top-notch instructors. For hammered dulcimer: Guy George, Dan Landrum, Ken Kolodner, Ruth SmithRick Thum. For mountain ducimer: Linda Brockinton, Bing Futch, Tull Glazener, Judy House, Erin Mae, Sarah Morgan, Aaron O'Rourke, Gary Sager, Stephen Seifert. All friendly, accessible, knowledgeable, fun teachers. Five 1-hour classes every day for four days. Superb classroom instruction that stretched brains and provided information needed to push our play to the next level.
Did I mention that these instructors are awesome performers, too? Concerts every night... what a variety show! The collaboration amongst these talented musicians was something to behold. The multiple styles of playing left many exclaiming, "You can do that with the dulcimer?"
After each evening concert, the jam sessions began.... a slow jam for the less experienced players led by the creative and zany Jim Miller, along with the regular jam, led by the energized Rick Thum. Musical madness reigned late into the night.
Many of us "old timers" have been missing the now defunct dulcimer week at the Swannanoa Gathering, Warren Wilson College. Guess what? The community we've been yearning for has found its way to the Black Mountain Music Festival! Here is the opportunity to make new friends, reconnect with the old, while introducing new players to the wider dulcimer community. The only thing missing? Could it be YOU?

Trapezoids of the Triangle... this festival is in our back yard.
Save the date for next year's festival!
October 21 - 26, 2018
See you there!

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