Me playing a Christmas tree guitar by Mearso

Illustration of me dressed as a priest playing a Christmas tree guitar, by Kevin Mears
Illustration by Kevin Mears (@mearso)

Last week on my 195 metal CDs blog I reviewed Laibach—Volk Tour London CC Club (2007); I gave it 60%. It was my first introduction to the Slovakian band so it’s fair to say that I have not been a fan.

But I know someone who is: Kevin Mears.

I met Kevin at an Institutional Web Management Workshop conference a few years ago, and when our conversation inevitably turned to music Kevin asked if I’d heard of Laibach. I hadn’t. He recommended them. I listened to them and gave them 6/10.

So I fired off a tweet to Kevin and having asked if he’d like a free CD, dropped it in the post. Another random act of kindness clocked up I thought nothing more of it.

Until I received a package a few days later, which included a small Christmas card and a note from Kevin saying thanks and that he was including a wee something as a thank you present.

My first thought when I read that was: I really hope it’s one of his drawings. And to my delight it was. It was a portrait of me, in my clerical dog collar, playing a guitar in the shape of a Christmas tree! Like you do.

I think it’s brilliant! I’ll have to take this to my friend Phil to get framed when I’m next in St Andrews.

Thank you Kevin.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 48 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Scrum master at Vision Ltd, Dundee. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Enneagram type FOUR and introvert, I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, write, draw and laugh… a lot.

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