Pay it Forward

I’m offering some free tuition to a young, promising musician/dancer, read on to find out more.

There’s a bit of a back story to this so I’ll start from the beginning!

I buy a lot of my food from a fantastic little farm shop near Southport called Manic Organic. It’s run by two of the loveliest people on the planet, Clay and Julia. They also like to follow my music work and have been following the development of JigDoll.

A few weeks ago I was talking to Clay about the development of my acoustic dance board which uses snares a bit like a Cajon. Next time I was in the shop he mentioned to me that a good friend of his had started making Cajons and that he was going to get one for me. I wasn’t sure he was being serious but this week, the cajon materialised, and it’s beautifully made and sounds fantastic (I just need to learn to play it now).

So I wasn’t sure if I was going to have to pay for it (I would have, quite happily) but Clay said I didn’t, here’s why…

A friend of his had recently built some shelving for him in a new part of the shop and when Clay went to pay him he said, “no it’s ok, pay it forward”. I would have thought that meant just pay him back in lovely organic produce at some point in the future but no, apparently, paying it forward actually means pay someone else, put the money to some other good use.  So Clay decided to buy a cajon from his friend, a very talented wood worker and give it to me! I feel very lucky!

Cajon 2
ere’s the lovely Cajon.. and some vegetables.

Pay it Forward isn’t like a chain letter where you’re obliged to pass it on but I want to keep this little chain of giving and creating going for a bit longer, so I have decided to give some free lessons. I am offering 3 lessons to a promising young dancer/musician. I would love it to be someone who clog dances but am open to other things too! When I say young, I suppose I just mean younger than me! I’m 27 but only for another week… The lessons will need to be at my studio in West Lancashire, or via Skype – but I prefer face to face lessons to virtual ones.

I like the idea of playing it forward, and I myself have a lot of kind people to thank for passing on their skills and knowledge over the years, and expecting nothing in return. It’s how a lot of skills and traditions survive and I want to be involved in the process.

So please spread the word and get in touch via my contact page or Facebook if you know someone who might fit the bill, or might be interested yourself. I will choose a student by the end of September. You never know, there might also be some performance opportunities at the end of it.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Hannah x


Cajon 3