Monday, June 13, 2011


Last week was inspirational for several reasons.  It is always special to be able to spend a week in the mountains on the back side of Pikes Peak at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp; volunteering at the camp is a rewarding experience; hiking to the Crags is invigorating, and this particular week was extra special because it was week for Charlie Hall's Colorado Roots Music Camp.  A one word summary would be Wow!  Check out the list of instructors - Cary Black, Flip Breskin, Shane Cook, Dave Firestine, Matt Flinner, Gerald Jones, Tim May, Penny Nichols, Raul Reynoso, Cyd Smith, Doug Smith, and Kailin Yong - all focused on teaching about 55 music campers ranging in age from 13 to over 70.  Flat-picking, Travis-picking, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass, voice, harmony and songwriting classes were all available to the campers as well as one-on-one instruction.  We volunteers could hear the students playing and practicing during the day, but attending the evening concerts by the instructors and listening in on the late-night jam sessions was a real gift.  In the near future, I will write a bit about Charlie and each of the instructors.  Here is a prelude to this series featuring one of the instructors, Tim May:

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