Many of you ask us how we got the smileathons done in a relatively short period of time. When we started out in June 2003 ,all we had at the British Embassy Club was a cool Ambassador- HMA Frances Guy,a handful of wellwishers,very little money,thousands of plastic surgery patients and lots of good ideas.
The only way we could launch a charity for these cleft kids was through an impromptu blues concert using the 12 bar blues progressions over and over again.It worked.
Today over 6,500 plastic surgery patients have been helped,including the latest number of over 1200 cleft children under the US Smile Train.
I absolutely love the simple 12 bar progressions and use it as an inspiration to design all my cleft surgeries.The lines are kept simple,meaningful and are generally repetitive.But the results are fantastic and pleasing to the eyes.There is so much room for improvisation and many new techniques can be developed over this ordinary progression.
If you live the blues,make sure you use the blues and play them blues :-).