Staff Picks From a Year in the Arts

2013.12.03 - Old Lyme, CT - "Twenty percent of kids today perform music. Eighty percent of adults wish they had." So says Gail Stevens, owner of Nightingale's Acoustic Cafe, were every Tuesday her husband "Ramblin'" Dan Stevens (right) leads a music clinic for area children. "I liken it to a one room schoolhouse because everybody learns from everyone," says Stevens (right) 59, a full-time blues musician with four cd's to his credit.  "We are learning." says Delaney Gagnon, 9, singing "Feliz Navidad with (L-R) Quinn Brandin, 9, Natalie Brandin, 11, "We know we are learning. But it doesn't feel like learning, it feels like fun."

( MARK MIRKO | mmirko@courant.com / December 3, 2013 )

2013.12.03 - Old Lyme, CT - "Twenty percent of kids today perform music. Eighty percent of adults wish they had." So says Gail Stevens, owner of Nightingale's Acoustic Cafe, were every Tuesday her husband "Ramblin'" Dan Stevens (right) leads a music clinic for area children. "I liken it to a one room schoolhouse because everybody learns from everyone," says Stevens (right) 59, a full-time blues musician with four cd's to his credit. "We are learning." says Delaney Gagnon, 9, singing "Feliz Navidad with (L-R) Quinn Brandin, 9, Natalie Brandin, 11, "We know we are learning. But it doesn't feel like learning, it feels like fun."

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