The Instagram learning curve & our October 5 show at Sessions... with a few pics


IMPORTANT NOTE: Since originally posting this, the entire block of photos seems to have disappeared. Until time permits me to pursue yet another round of troubleshooting, I'm going to embed our main feed from The Collabative's Instagram Feed. We'll try to get the hashtag-driven version back in here asap. Or maybe I'll move it to the bottom in hopes that it will return on its own. Technology's fun like that. #keepingmeonmytoes

At the wedding we attended Friday night, our friends had placed a simple sign near the guestbook sharing a preselected hashtag for any Instagram users so that our collective images from the night could be shared with each other. We'd heard about this before, and decided to try it out for our October show. And by "we" I mean the more geeky, girl-type representative of The Collabative team. (Who has, incidentally, only very recently jumped on this fascinating photo-sharing bandwagon.) Hi there!

It wasn't a very "Instagrammy" crowd, and that's totally fine. More than that, I didn't do a great job of spreading the word. I keep running out of time. Also, I'm still figuring out the best widget to use to make sure ALL our shots tagged with #SCBandNTonOct5 will show up, and not just those added to The Collabative's Instagram feed. Still, I'm not daunted. Some folks might just want to add their shots after the fact!  That would make this collection way more interesting. For now, enjoy the learning curve with us and please keep sending us your patience as we find fun, new (and efficient) ways to help tell these stories!

Meanwhile, if any of you are super-users of this fascinating technology and have any pointers or recommendations of your favorite app or widget for rendering hashtag-based collections of images shot by various users, please send 'em this way! 


  • Thanks to Nikki Talley and Jason Sharpe and The South Carolina Broadcasters for coming out to play for us. What an incredible night. We'll have more (and better quality) shots to share pretty soon.
  • Thanks to all of the music-lovers who came out to help us enjoy this homecoming event. 
  • As is our custom, we have a way different kind of show coming up next. If you find it intriguing, we hope you'll come out on October 26.
  • And after that, yet a totally other different kind of show on the horizon! 
  • The photo in the banner features instruments belonging to The South Carolina Broadcasters as I noticed them waiting on the stage after the show. So pretty...
  • Allen Tyndall & his team at Sessions, bless you. 
  • Annette, Tia and Bill, bless you equally. By show time sometimes I get a little stressed and forget to make sure you know how much I appreciate you.
  • If you are an Instagram user, you'll likely find it much more efficient to search for pics using #SCBandNTonOct5. Still, we appreciate SnapWidget for providing this service free of charge. Ads-n-all.
  • We usually publish a blog post and leave it alone. This one will probably change. If I discover a better way to present these images the way I want, I'll clean it up. Disclaimer over... have a nice Sunday! 

Melody Watson 

(For those who didn't read the note at the top, what you'll see below is either the feed for pulling in all images tagged with #SCBandNTonOct5 - which inexplicably disappeared - OR a hnkin block of white space. Either way, this isn't our typical blog post.)

David Sheppard reflects on his Greensboro past


If she's half as much fun on stage as she is to just hang out with, you won't want to miss Ivy Sheppard performing. 

Some surprise visits are more welcome than others. On this day in particular, we were excited to get a call from Ivy Sheppard saying she and David Sheppard were on their way back to Mt. Airy from Raleigh and wanted to know if we had time to get together. Fortunately, with a a little finagling, we were able to say yes. Since - at a month before their show we're producing - we hadn't yet had a chance to meet, the call from two of three members of The South Carolina Broadcasters was more than a little welcome.

We met at Lindley Park Filling Station on Walker Ave., had a light meal and enjoyed some conversation that covered both business and casual topics. From there we all drove to 1820 Spring Garden Street to see Sessions where David, Ivy and Sarah, who was not present on this day, will be performing on October 5th. As we toured the building, the outdoor Beer Garden and stage area, it was very evident that David, who had spent 28 years in this building when it was known as "David Sheppard Instruments and Repair" was reliving some old memories. It was touching to watch him reminisce.

When asked to put together some thoughts about those days, here is what David Sheppard had to say, in his own words... 

David Sheppard in the space that was his for 28 years.

"I opened my shop in 1977 at 1833 Spring Garden Street. I intended it to be an instrument repair shop. By 1980 I had outgrown the space I was in and was fortunate enough to be able to purchase the D.S. Freeman building at 1820 Spring Garden Street. It was still owned by Mr. Freeman’s family. The shop grew quickly and took on a life of its own. There seemed to be a need in the area for a good acoustic instrument shop and David Sheppard Instruments grew to fill that need. The retail part of the business was constantly expanding and we frequently had to rearrange the floor plan. Most of the upstairs was devoted to teaching studios with Scott Manring, Sam Frasier, Larry Clayton and Joe Shelton handling the instruction.

David Sheppard Instruments could not have been as successful and interesting as it was without the help and support of the great staff I had over the years.  Alan Steele, Pat Kelly and Joe Shelton were vitally important in creating the personality and reputation of the shop and I thank them for that.

1820 Spring Garden Street is a special place. Beginning in 1916 when D.S. Freeman decided it was a good location for a grocery store. Through its various incarnations it has been an interesting and important part of the neighborhood and I am glad to see that history continuing today. I am especially happy that music continues to play a role there and I’m excited to bring The South Carolina Broadcasters there to be a part of that ongoing tradition." - David Sheppard

I, for one, very much look forward to being a part of this homecoming show. Maybe we'll get a chance to see you there, as well.