With ironic timing, the night before we set off, we caught a bit of the act of a certain popular Scottish comedian on TV. He made a joke at the expense of the Youth Music Initiative, something on the lines of
"My Mum's a crack addict, my Dad's an alky, but I've got a xylophone, so that's sorted."
The poor man is obviously hopelessly misinformed and doesn't know what he's talking about. Come on Kevin, you would never start a beginner straight in on tuned percussion.
We hope we're showing a bit of initiative with our bike ride, but don't forget that the real heroes are the teachers who work year in and year out with their pupils. If we can do even a little bit to help another child to experience the self-confidence, discipline, comradeship and excitement that learning music can bring, we'll be more than happy.