As ya'll know I started taking lessons back in May from a young man (Sam Gleaves) on his way to college and from him I connected with a young lady (Leigh Beamer) recording her first CD and had the pleasure of taking her portrait and designing her cover. ("Reflections of me" available at CD Baby)
I am now taking lessons with an old friend and experienced musician 'Jim Lloyd" at his barber shop in Rural Retreat, Va. This past Friday he held a 'Black Friday jam' at his barber shop and I was fortunate to be invited and brought along my camera. I think you can tell, from the image , what a warm and friendly group it was. As I sat there with my daughter listening to the old Appalachian music being played, by new friends, I realized how blessed I have been to meet these wonderful people during my journey of learning guitar, I leaned over to my daughter and whispered "Take this all in , as these young folks are carrying on the tradition of our mountain music and we are blessed to be here to witness it."
The young man with the shoulder length blonde hair is Sam, and the young girl to the left is Leigh. Jim has grey hair and is playing the fiddle. The elderly gentleman in the foreground is the son of the man who wrote many mountains classic's , such as "In the Pines"
Jim is now trying to teach me how to Travis Pick, as he knows how much I love the sound. Although I am having a real struggle picking it up, Jim continues to encourage me and remains patient no matter how small my progress.
As a single Mom, with a daughter in college, this opportunity to connect with others who share my passion for our Mountain music , has given me so much more than just a belief that I can learn guitar (although that is quite a gift) but the chance to connect and make new friends, during , what could have been the loneliest years of my life... That is priceless!