|Tunes & Travels|
by Jennifer Matthews
I love Scotland! I would move there tomorrow if I could. It is the kind of place that gets inside your mind and once it is there, never leaves. It pulls you back and calls you in as it has an intoxicating effect with all of its history and beauty. Traveling to Scotland was a huge thing for me because it was always a place I wanted to go. The name alone evokes the haunting sounds of bagpipes and men in kilts. Of gorgeous cliffs with waves crashing against a stony landscape that is laden with clouds and blue sky. Of winds full of haunted stories… and of course Queen Mary of Scots and the royal tribes.
We traveled to Scotland by road through northern England. It’s a great way to catch the changing landscape that is rich and flowing with ultra green fields, pastures of cows grazing and really ancient stone walls everywhere. Once we got into Scotland and drove the back roads heading into Edinburgh, there was so many places to pull over and explore. Old ruins, remains of castles and churches, old graveyards. Ancient stonewalls. Sheep roaming free. Hills that rise with wild flowers and pastures that seem to go on forever. At one point, on a narrow country road, I jumped out of the car and ran up a dirt road that was surrounded by old ruins and I was doing kart wheels in my head. I was elated to be running through these awesome green fields and wild ruins. I feel like a travel channel representative, but truthfully, Scotland does that to you. You can’t help but get drunk on it. When I first arrived in the city of Edinburgh my mind was blown away by the architecture and the lay out of the city. Heading in you can’t miss the huge Edinburgh castle which sits on a hilltop overlooking the city. Just below the castle are winding old medieval streets full of cafes, shops, and churches. The museum of art in Edinburgh is outstanding and a must see. I recommend walking the city over a number of days. That is the best way to see it and absorb all of it’s history and lore.
I have been a professional singer for over
twenty years and teaching voice lessons for over ten years. I received
my vocal training at the University of Colorado School of Music at Boulder
and Denver and at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University
in NJ. Singers who influenced me greatly in my early years were Linda
Rondstadt, Anne Wilson from Heart, Robert Plant, Ian Anderson from Jethro
Tull, Judy Garland & Aretha Franklin.