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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