It’s been a flat out week, with not a lot of songwriting. Most of it because of my teaching responsibilities … taking a group of Year 7 students on a camp at Camp Iona, Herbert, New Zealand. Many early mornings, many late nights, and full on days with activities. I will admit that there was a number of times I went through guitar withdrawls, but I made my way through it. Thank you to all the students for not being too crazy, the parent helps for all your support, and the other staff members for your assistance throughout the week. I look forward to next year.
Once I got back from Year 7 camp (read above), I got in the truck, and shot up to Cromwell Central Otago for a wedding. I managed to reach the reception venue and accommodation an hour prior to playing, which was really useful (much of this thanks to the energy drinks I drank in transit). The lack of sleep did have an effect on my productivity, as I used the time to restring my guitar. The big issue … I put a full set of electric guitar strings on my acoustic guitar. For those people not in the know, I seriously suggest you don’t do this. Thankfully I had time to get this restrung and play on time.
The wedding itself was an incredible night, with most if not all of the guests dancing and singing along with us throughout the night. It was also a very contemporary country group, which gave me the opportunity to flick a huge number of modern country titles by artists like Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and Zac Brown.
Early the next day, we raced to set up at a venue 30 minutes from home in Dunedin. I punched in the details of the venue into my GPS, and was directed a shorted distance to travel. As we needed to set up early, I took the alternative route. The funny thing was that the road was a dirt track for 90% of my journey, which slowed me down heaps. Sensational views though. I’ll need to take my time with my next journey.
After setting up (and a brief afternoon power nap), I made my way back to the reception … feeling a little worse for my efforts. Thankfully I had a voice, and focus to get myself through the gig. The guests were more of a concert type group (watching, singing along, and tapping feet type group), however they did hit the dance floor in force near the end of the night.
With the start of the year well underway, I have music lessons starting for all my High School students this upcoming week. I’m pleased to have a strong orchestral tution staff, however it’s looking like I’m teaching all the additional contemporary instruments myself during my non-contact teaching times (which makes planning for classes and marking etc difficult). If anyone happens to know anyone who is in the East Otago region who can teach guitar, keyboards/piano, drums, bass, etc … please flick them my way.
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