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Posted By: Amos
04-Oct-11 - 01:38 PM
Thread Name: 2011 Getaway Reports
Subject: RE: 2011 Getaway Reports
The amazing Magic Island has drifted over the horizon for another year, but the way it works, see, is that when it returns after a year of grind and labor and the usual stresses of life, everything is just as it was, the smiles are all in place, and the strains of ther last song heard are just turning around to the next one.   

Even as the glow of it draws over the horizon my ears are still ringing from the sounds of a room full of men and women shaking the rafters with Leaver Her, Johnny and my mind is lingering on Mick Lane's voice drawing out the memory of Dublin City in the good auld days, and chuckling over Abby Sale's impossibly bawdy number, and heatring John Robert's ballads, watching John Townley's incre3dible fingers fly through the changes...the population of echoes in my now-sober brain goes on and on, chiming into the year. Say, the blues ain't nothing but a Getaway finished and done. But these occasions, and a hundred more like them, seep into the soul and surface to give solace when things get tough in the time between. And when you return down the tree-shaded drive at the edge of the West River's remote anchorage, why the birds start singing and the gulls start wheeling exactly where they left off, and the music never stops.

I was especially glad to have some time to talk at length with Dani and with Tinker, two of the finest Sweethearts of the Getaway that have ever walked the earth.

As always the Getaway organizers from the FSGW performed yeoman duty and pulled off another really wonderful event. Dean Dennis, Judy, Charley, Rita, and all the other stalwarts who make this happen--thanks so very much. The charity and bonhomie and sheer musicality of this weekend is treasured timer and it would not be there without your efforts.

I think Gene and Sandra deserve a special round of applause for their tireless efforts in making the Peace Cabin all-nighters a really comfortable and welcoming scene, and for the incredible party they threw Thursday night, for bringing John Townely into the Getaway universe, and for their constant hard work and generosity in support of the Scene.

The Brigadoon Effect is still in place; the magic Island drifts off, and the songs echo on and on, enough to make the interim a better time until next year.