May 2012
Well, it’s actually the end of April but close enough! What a winter it has been! Most exciting for me has been teaching for Guitars In The Classroom. I’ve been working with over 25 teachers and other adults who work with kids here on the island, teaching them how to play guitar so they can use music across the curriculum to help students learn. What a wonderful group of folks! It takes a lot to be willing to give up a school night to go and learn something new. Scott and John at John’s Music here on HHI helped by getting 30 guitars ready for the teachers and the classes are being taught at John’s Music. These classes are offered at no charge to those taking them and they get a guitar to use too! We’ve finished the first set of lessons and just begun part two. More beginner and advanced lessons will be taught this summer. I’m learning a lot myself and it’s great to be back in the classroom. As part of the program, Tamaray, a new country singer from Nashville, (her first single, I Still Believe in Elvis, is due out this summer, check it out on her link) came down for three days and sang for schools, the library and the Boys & Girls Club. She talked about the power of music and the importance of staying in school, and she sang...oh my did she sing, Race and Tamaray got the kids involved as they shared the fun, joy, and power of music. Here’s a picture of me with Tamaray and Race and one of them at work at Red Cedar Elementary School.

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May 4th I turn a very young 65! Mark and I are planning a celebration trip that will include hearing Gretchen Peters at Eddie’s Attic in GA, time visiting with friends in TN, and time with friends and Mark’s Mom in MO. I’ll be giving another concert at Friendship Village in Chesterfield, MO where I’m a big star (my greatest credential being I’m Betty Maute’s daughter-in-law) and once again I’m bringing kazoos for everyone and have some new songs for them to demonstrate their kazooing and singing skills.

If you’re coming to the island this summer, please stop by Islander’s Beach around 5:30 on Tuesdays. I’m not always there but there is always a great group of folks singing, playing, listening, enjoying the sun, sand, surf and a beverage or two of choice (bring your own).