My daughter, who must be referred to as Ms X as part of the witness protection scheme, has with characteristic foresight and planning, installed herself in the Coronavirus capitol of the known universe. University. Needless to say, by taking all the recommended precautions she contracted Covid within several minutes of returning to Plague Central, and spent 10 days incarcerated in her cell, staring at the damp wallpaper. Nevertheless, I concede that she has chosen well.
She is studying Music, arranged in a broad series of modules. Having schlepped around the UK with her, taking in various cities along the way, I would suggest that her course is at least the equal of anything available elsewhere with regard to relevance, modernity and progressive thinking. Without wishing to embarrass the young lady, you might be forgiven for thinking that achieving a good A Level in Music would be relatively straightforward for someone with a distinction at Grade 8 Violin, a member of The National Children’s Orchestra of Great Britain, a reasonable pianist and an occasional trumpet player.
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The studio guitarist’s guide to happiness and personal fulfilment, as related by session ace Mitch Dalton. This month: The Pen Is Mightier Than The Chord.
INSTRUMENTAL INQUISITION !
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JAM TRACKS TIPS
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
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BEING MORE EXPRESSIVE With The Blues
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Edward Van Halen Interview & Tribute
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Liz “Snorkel” Thomas HIKING ICON
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AMBER CLAIRE HUDDLESTON & GRIFFIN LOUIS BROWN MAY 9, 2020 • WEST POINT
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A NOSE FOR COVID-19
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Goodbye 2020 Hello 2021!
A writing “round robin” by Cat Talk staffers Teresa Keiger, Jean Aldrich, Lucy Drury, and Iris Zinck
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