Monday, September 10, 2007

Where It All Started

On this second trip to Manitou Springs, I was able to stretch time out a tad and really settle into the groove of the place for real. Storefront jams, early morning omlettes and coffee across the street from the place that is really responsible for my exposure to the dulcimer world, hill climbs, safety meetings, local beer on tap, in a word: Moroccan food - Manitou Springs rocks - and this is just a little love note to the place, along with a look at The Dulcimer Shop. If it wasn't for Bud and Donna Ford, would I have ever met the dulcimer? That's a very good question.

If I had never met the dulcimer, would I know Roger Zimish and Quintin Stephens? Probably not - and that would be a sad thing. They are two of the best players in the country and I'm simply blessed to have the chance to jam with both of them.

I'm headed back to Phoenix this week to be with Jae for her birthday and will also get a chance to visit with members of the Phoenix Dulcimer Club again. How nice to have a bit of a jam on vacation!

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