A little Beatles to start the end of the month this week. As a matter of fact, I stumbled into a book I put together many years ago with arrangements of the 21 tunes I did on my CD A Beatles Collection (still available in our Audio Store), and thought it might be a good idea to flip through it in front of the camera. OK, so many times it is better to think these things through and plan a little better but hey, we’re all family here, right?

The big News for the week though is that we are just a day or two away from finalizing details for IGC 2020 here in Northern California. There will be all the specific info available very soon but the important stuff is we are back near TG Central at the former Presentation Center, now known as The Green Mountain Retreat. The dates are September 14-18, Monday Through Friday. I hope many of you will find a way to join us.

https://www.internationalguitarcamp.com/

The other thing I touched on was last night’s dinner. We were visited by Muriel Anderson and significant other Bryan Allen who made us a fabulous meal from her newest project, Acoustic Chef, a recipe book with original music to accompany the dishes. They treated us to Tuvan Lamb Dumplings Buuza. Take a trip to murielanderson.com for more details and be sure to catch her show when you can. She will be in Georgia and Florida in a week or so.

Till February…

Go Niners!

Neil

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Recently I have had a lot of Beatles tunes running through my, for a few reasons, including that one of my students is trying to get together about 20 of them as quickly as possible for a group performance they are doing soon. It has given me some ideas for future lessons but it also got me revisiting some that I recorded a little over 30 years ago, some of which crossed my mind as the camera was running this morning. And as usual, they might have been better if I tried a dry run through before but that was not to be.

So aside from tackling a few tunes, I had another health update (things are really looking up now!), and a bit of news on how you can get a hold of me directly at TG now, something that has been a bit of an obstacle for a few years now due to a technical oversight on my part.

So going forward, I look forward to hearing from you,

Neil

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Sorry to have been AWOL last week but there is a brief health update in today’s video (all good news now really). One thing that I have been able to do recently is revisit some relatively old pieces that were almost forgotten. I thought I might bookend the News today with them, starting with One Step Beyond and closing with Along The Way. These were tunes I wrote shortly after releasing El Dorado around 2002, planning to get right back on track with another album of originals. Somehow I got sidetracked on that plan but continued with new pieces and now probably have enough for two albums, along with about ten live shows that I have been meaning to make available from concerts at Villa Montalvo with the likes of John Renbourn, Al Stewart, Keola Beamer and Laurence Juber. Maybe someday…soon…?

And speaking of concerts, our friend Muriel Anderson is on her annual California swing right now, doing shows in the south this week and coming back up here late next week for a couple that folks in the Bay Area should think about attending. Check her schedule at murielanderson.com. Hopefully we will have some time to sit down on camera together for you.

If you are on our email list you should have gotten a link to a survey we have put together about the workings at TG, which are in a transitional state right now that I talk a bit about in the update. If you haven’t seen it there is a post on the Forum with a link that I hope everybody will take a quick look at.

There were references to a couple other things that might interest a few of you, and a stab at the mysterious song #6 from Guy Van Duser’s Great Western TV Medley, before signing off with a run through of Along The Way. I hope you enjoy the long lost pieces.

Neil

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