Back in the blogging saddle after a great holiday in New England

What a whirlwind it's been the last couple of weeks. Dave and I just got back from spending time in the states and we were so busy running around that now that we're back in the UK it almost seems like it didn't happen. I've been living in Oxford, England for four years and this was my first time back for a visit to New England, so there were many friends and family to catch up with.

Some of the things we did included going to the beautiful Middlebury College in Vermont to see my cousin graduate. One small observation that I made while waiting for the outdoor ceremonies to begin, was that the music selection coming out of their speakers was surprisingly loud and that whoever was in charge of the music must have been a big Steely Dan fan.

Bill Clinton was the commencement speaker which was interesting to say the least. His speech was good and most people seemed impressed. The weather was great and the only time it rained during our trip was when everyone was finally seated at the graduation and then the heavens decided to open up.

We were able to stop by a couple of my favorite watering holes -  Five Olde Nugget Alley (NH) and the Norwich Inn (VT), which I highly recommend to anyone visiting the Dartmouth area.

We met up with some friends and during a conversation one of them said that they remembered seeing Joe Strummer coming out of the Norwich Inn with a bottle of something or other back in the early 80's which I thought was cool. I know a couple people that went to see The Clash play in Hanover, NH around that time so maybe they were staying overnight at the Inn during their tour.

Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to see any live music but I was able to catch up with some musicians from the Vermont/New Hampshire area that I hadn't seen in awhile - and of course hear the latest gossip that I've been missing out on.

We heard "if only you could stay a little while longer" quite a few times and one of the instances included a missed opportunity to see The Bags play in Boston at TT the Bears. Oh well - maybe next time. Time goes by so quickly when you're having fun!

I tried my best to keep up with Band Weblogs while I was away but it wasn't easy and luckily there were some interesting Guest Music Blogger entries, press releases and music reviews that were sent in that I just about managed to publish as often as I could.

My blog entries here will be back running as usual as I slowly get over the jet-lag and get back into the blogging saddle!

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About Jenny May

Jenny May is the founder of Band Weblogs. Based in Oxford, England (originally from New England), Band Weblogs was created in 2005. With a passion for music, Jenny May has performed with bands in the US and the UK, her music has appeared in films, she was a vocal coach for the Yamaha Rock School and has worked on music projects with musicians such as Jon Fishman (Phish), Fyfe Dangerfield (Guillemots) and Cisco Adler (Shwayze). Jenny is currently writing music commentary and reviews for Band Weblogs and writing, recording and performing music with songwriter and musician Dave Tommo.
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