Rocking at Girls Rock Camp

My July was rather busy, hence the lack of blog posts. One activity was that I took a week’s vacation in order to volunteer at the July session of Girls Rock Camp Boston. I substituted 8-hour days at a computer for 10-hour days co-teaching drumming plus coaching a newly-created band of 8, 9 and 10-year-old girls who wrote an original song and performed it on stage at a major Boston nightclub in front of 300 people!

What is the girls rock camp movement and why might you be interested in supporting it whether or not you happen to have girl children?

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Friday Faves – How To Help Boston

Last Friday got even weirder after I posted! Fortunately the Boston area can now focus on recovering from being shoved into a real-life “Die Hard” movie. Here are a number of links to resources and ways to help yourself and Boston:

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Weird Week Placeholder

Here in Boston it’s been a weird, sad week that is still ongoing – I’m writing this from my home bedroom while I monitor services at work,since that work is in part of the area currently locked down while authorities attempt to find the remaining Boston Marathon bomber after late-night gunfights and more casualties.

I’m not really in the state of mind to post random links or write today, so here are a couple of items I’ve posted elsewhere this week:

The city and state have set up The One Fund to accept donations to help all of the victims of Monday’s bombing. But if you would like some music with your donation you can download 130 music tracks donated by Boston bands (including my band Ginger Ibex) for whatever you wish to donate – all proceeds going to The One Fund:

And here’s a post I wrote this week for Ginger Ibex’s blog, about the special stringed instrument I play in the band:

What Is That Weird Violin Betty Plays?


Finally – have a sleeping cat, and stay safe!


Friday Faves 01-11-13

This week’s faves include free online courses, some Kickstarter projects, and a kitten in need:

You can take online courses from some major colleges and universities for free at Coursera. I just found that they are offering four courses this spring from Berklee College of Music:

РStarting March 1st: Songwriting and Intro to Music Production

– Starting April 22: Intro to Guitar and Intro to Improvisation

Maybe I’ll ‘see’ you in the Improv course :-)

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