The QM2 has arrived in New York and I have therefore been able to talk to Robin for the first time in a week.
He was enjoying a view of the 'Statue of Liberty', which never loses its magic, no matter how often you see it. That's probably a good thing as I think he has lost count now.
It does, on this trip anyway, signify the start of the journey home.
As you can imagine we are all looking forward to his return.
It was a good trip though.
The nails were an issue, but I was delighted when Patricia, over on oboeinsight, picked up on the problems.
As she pointed out, she hadn't thought about guitarists, and their nails. Why would you unless closely associated with the instrument.
But nails are a major problem for all guitarists, apart from a very lucky few, so there's a constant search for new products to make life easier.
Silk wrap and super glue are not easy to apply/shape/file in front of 1000 people!!
Apart from the nails, both the concerts were very well received, and for the remainder of the trip Robin has been having some lovely comments from members of the audience.
Annette, the soprano singer, saw his second concert and gave him a standing ovation, high praise indeed from another musician.
He equally enjoyed her performance in a rather posh private function.
But you also meet interesting people.
One was a harpist from South Carolina that showed Robin how the harp works and explained that she had been taught by two of Harpo Marx's teachers in New York!
All done against the backdrop of a foghorn for the last few days, which, Robin swore was being blasted from his wardrobe...
'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman