“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, they’ll forget what you did, but they’ll never forget the way you made them feel.”
– Maya Angelou
Octoblues festival in Germany holds a special place in my heart as a warm and inclusive blues event, and I love that I’m a regular part of it.
This year Katrin and Jered’s vision for the event was to create a journey through the history of blues dance and music. As part of that I was given a chance to teach a class on DJing. It’s one of my favourite topics but I don’t get to talk about it too often. I wasn’t sure how much of an audience there would be, but I was excited to find out!
About twenty people gathered in the café bar with me on Sunday afternoon. I had a cup of tea and shared my thoughts on how to collect, organise and play a personal and authentic collection of music.
I wasn’t sure how it was coming across, but was happy to have lots of questions, so I thought it went well.
Later that evening someone told me they really enjoyed my talk, because I was clearly serious about music, DJing and teaching! That made me laugh!
When a complete stranger takes some time to say something like that, it means a lot, and I’m still smiling in recollection.
Here are my notes from the session. I hope you find them interesting.