Getting Away From It All!

Sometimes, it’s so good to take a break and get away from it all; especially away from technology!

Have you ever received an email to this effect:

“Hi, Sorry to be so late getting back with you; my email client got hosed…”

or:

“Sorry I been swamped lately; the computer broke and I’m just now getting back online!”

or even more to my liking:

“Sorry I’ve not emailed you back yet; it was just so nice to take a long break from emails, Facebook, Twitter and the like.”

I think we can all relate to this; technology is definitely a double-edged sword. We see the benefits of it and we also become more and more aware of the hassles of it; it has become a love / hate relationship; the thing that we must periodically get away from when we talk about “getting away from it all”.

Yesterday, I showed a good friend of mine how to get to one of the remotest places here in Madison County for a quick get-away. It’s a great place to totally forget just how close we are to so much advanced technology. To look out from the campsite, through the pines, over the mountain ridges and see a brief glimpse of the Tennessee River far away – it’s such an inspiring view from this place.

That’s also how I think of banjos and Bluegrass music. It’s not something to get away from – it’s something you get away to! As I’ve mentioned before in this blog, it’s the banjos’ lot in this world to be perceived as a carefree instrument (among other perceptions). That’s good to remember from time to time.

Make sure you’re still having fun with it, especially if it’s your livelihood, so as not to miss the forest for the trees.

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About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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