June 2021 meeting

Attendees:

It is with sadness we mark the passing of one of our stalwarts, Bob Fontaine, who passed in May. He was a quiet man with a quick smile, and a beautiful baritone voice. Our friend Larry Jacobsen played at the service, while some of the rest of us took turns at the wake, playing some of Bob’s favorite tunes. We are diminished.

Henley (one of Bob’s grandkids) helping out Rich. I think Rich was playing the wrong tune tho’.

Another sadness I have yet to mention: 2020 marked the 25th anniversary of Cheyenne Guitar Society. We couldn’t celebrate that milestone because of social distancing restrictions imposed by the global Covid 19 pandemic. We didn’t hold the Valentine’s dinner/concert, and have only just recently begun meeting again in person. So with much less fanfare than appropriate, happy 25th to us, I guess.

One of the original members, Roland Peterson, who is getting fuzzy in his old age, possibly bad camera work

On to the June 1st meeting! Several things conspired against us. 1) it followed a three day holiday weekend 2) it is during the summer season, and 3) it fell on the first day of the month. All of these individually tend to reduce the attendance, but this triple whammy had us down to just 8 people for our June soiree.

Another long time member, Steve, playing his 14 1/2 fret custom.

On the plus side, the library finally lifted the mask restriction for meetings, so we were able to sing and be understood this month. The other positive note, Angie Payton drove up from Colorado, whom we haven’t seen in awhile, and brought cupcakes. We gobbled those up like a frog on a junebug.

Playlist June 2021

Roland Peterson, ‘Torija’, E. Moreno-Torroba.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Things’, Bobby Darrin.

Keith Blaney, ‘Mother Nature’s Son’, Paul McCartney.

Dave took a moment to tab out his song for us.

Dave Norby, ‘End of the Innocence’, Don Henley & Bruce Hornsby.

Ed Heffern, ‘Fields of Gold’, Sting.

Ed Heffern, ‘Fields of Gold’, Sting.

Rich Ryan, ‘Mrs. Robinson’, Paul Simon.

Rick Memmel, Bass Medley. ‘Day Tripper’, Beatles, ‘Sunshine of Your Love’, Cream, ‘Come Together’, Beatles, ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’, Animals, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, Beatles, ‘She’s Not There’, The Zombies, ‘Birthday’, Beatles, ‘Stand By Me’, Ben E. King, ‘Lady Madonna’, Beatles

Bass, check. Bass amp, check. Music stand. Music stand? Hmm, must have forgotten it…

Angie Payton, ‘Lemon Cupcakes’, original.

Roland Peterson, ‘Study in C’, Sor.

Steve Gilmore, ‘You Think You’ve Got Troubles’, Marvin Rainwater.

Keith Blaney, ‘Daydream’, John Sebastian.

‘Daydream’ was one of the songs Bob enjoyed playing, and the only one I knew from his list.

David Norby, ‘Til There Was You’, The Beatles.

Ed Heffern, ‘Solitary Man’, Neil Diamond.

Rich Ryan, ‘Leader of the Band’, Dan Fogelberg.

Rick Memmel, ‘Pink Panther’, Henry Mancini.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Baby’, Kenny Cornell.

Ed did several covers from Bob’s playlist for us.

Ed Heffern, ‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town’, Mel Tillis.

Keith Blaney, ‘Blackbird’, Paul McCartney.

David Norby, ‘Just The Way You Are’, Billy Joel.

Rich Ryan, ‘From the Beginning’, Greg Lake.

Rick Memmel, ‘Amazing Grace’, Jaco Pastorias arrangement.

May 2021 meeting

OK, I’ll hold this, but you OWE me…

We were back in the library’s Cottonwood Room for our May 4th meeting. Turnout was good! Some folks we haven’t seen in awhile were Kristy Johnson with her great harmonies and stellar music stand impression, David Norby with his moldy oldies you haven’t heard in years, Ken Frederick with his draw dropping original tunes, and Steve Borin doing his best Steve Borin impression. Trust me, no one does it better.

For something different, Rick brought us an early 60’s Melody Maker by Gibson, a single pick-up solid body electric. He ran it through a battery powered Pig Nose and some type of pedal, and sounded REAL good. Rick also did some videos, and if you click on the red arrow you can hear and watch some snippets. Thanks to Rick and Justin for adding this new feature to our monthly newsletter!

I think he said this Melody Maker was from 1962, so definitely worth more than my car. $800, easy.

The library currently requires masks be worn at all times, or lose your privilege to meet there again. For most of us, it just meant you really couldn’t understand the words being sung. For some of us, trying to read our music through fogged glasses proved to be insurmountable. For me, I had other problems… My ears are too far apart (aka fat head) for the generic sized mask I brought, so it would not stay in place. With one hand strumming, one playing chords, and no other appendage wishing to get involved in this fiasco, my mask slowly but surely made its way down my face and became a chin diaper.

Mask has started its journey south. Don’t tell the library…

Most everyone in our group has had their Covid vaccinations, so things will continue to evolve, but don’t expect the library to lift their mask mandate any time soon. They were one of the first to recognize the health danger and adjust their visitor policies. Still, it’s nice to be together and making noise again in real time.

Playlist for May 2021

Justin & Kristy Johnson, ‘1865’, original.

Keith Blaney, ‘My Road’, original.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Orange Room’, Leo Kottke.

Steve won’t take $50 for his handmade Proux. Yet.

Ken Frederick, ‘Watching the Snow Melt’, original.

Ernie Brazzale & Jeanie White, ‘Gambler’s Blues’, Dan VanRonk.

Jeanie White, ‘Love Potion #9’, The Searchers.

Justin & Kristy, ‘Chaos and Clothes’, Jason Isbell.

Rick Memmel, ‘Cry for a Shadow’, George Harrison & John Lennon.

Coo Coo Cachoo, Mrs Robinson. Or with the mask, ‘Coo coo cafoo, Miffif Robifum’

Gary Krause, ‘The Circle Of Love’, The Seekers.

Rich Ryan, ‘Dirty Work’, Steely Dan.

Keith, ‘Karaoke Queen’, original.

Steve, ‘Panhandle Rag’, Leon McAuliffe.

Ken’s hands are always a blur, sometimes he’s a bit fuzzy himself…

Ken Frederick, ‘Happy Birthday To Me’, original.

Ernie B., ‘Sleepy Time Down South’, Colonel Sanders.

Jeanie White, ‘White Bird’, It’s a Beautiful Day.

Take your shoes off. Sit a spell. Y’all come back now, Ya hear???

Rick Memmel, ‘My Back Pages’, Bob Dylan as done by The Bryds.

David Norby, ‘Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town’, Kenny Rogers & The First Edition.

Gary Krause, ‘As Tears Go By’, Keith Richards.

As tears turned to fog, which turned his readers into milk glass. Gary’s relying on his memory here.

Rich Ryan, ‘Shanty’, Jonathan Edwards.

Ernie B. ‘Misty’, I’m tired of looking it up.

Also joining us tonight were Steve Borin, Edith Cook, and Ron Labrecque.

April 2021 meeting

Van Morrison’s ‘Star of the County Down’ done with style.

We GOT TOGETHER for the April 6th meeting at the First United Methodist Church downtown. After some rumination on the subject, we decided it had been last October since we last met in person, so this was a treat. As more people are vaccinated the Covid-19 restrictions are being eased, and places are becoming available again for small gatherings.

There were some good collaborations tonight with our short dozen of players. Jeannie and Ernie teamed up for some tunes, as did the Zavorka’s and Nancy. Margene was worried about not playing a stringed instrument at ‘Guitar’ Society. When Rich and I first came in, they were already there practicing, and WE thought her recorder was a recording over the P.A., not a live performance. We assured her it’s all good, and most welcomed.

Speaking of Rich, his guitar had a wardrobe malfunction in the middle of a tune when it popped its G string. Most of us have been there; new strings, bridge pins on the move, you know how it goes. Justin got it sorted while Rich finished that song with a rental instrument.

Rich moments before his G string let go. Any later and we’d lose our PG rating and half our sponsors.

As we worked around the room, it seems we had all stolen our selections from Martin Gilmore, who wasn’t there to defend his property. Even some originals by Justin turned out to be stolen from Martin. It’s dog eat dog out there.

Then there was Russ. I fall in love all over again when Russ sings. It only happens a couple times a year, but it’s always a treat. Russ sang ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face’ by Lerner and Loewe. As Steve observed, he was also playing some $4.00 chords along with it too. It was just stunning; thank you Mr. Williams.

We attempted a (last minute) group song, ‘Do Wah Diddy’. It turned out more like Homer Simpson’s ‘Doh!!! Wha Just Happened?’ but it was fun, just the same, t’was nice to be together for a change.

Like breathing out and breathing in.

Playlist for April 2021

Keith Blaney, ‘Song For You’, Leon Russell.

Ben and Margene Zavorka, Nancy McKenzie, ‘Star of the County Down’, Van Morrison.

Rick Memmel, ‘All My Loving’, The Beatles.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Ain’t It A Shame’, Leadbelly.

Ernie Brazzale, Jeannie White, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’, Bart Howard.

One of these people is singing. HINT: it’s the one with the blurry hand.

Rich Ryan, ‘Wichita Lineman’, Jimmy Webb.

Justin Johnson, ‘No Woman No Cry’, Bob Marley.

Russ Williams, ‘Sheebeg & Sheemore’, Turlough O’Carolan.

Group Song, ‘Do Wah Diddy’, Manfred Mann.

Nancy and Keith, ‘Rocking Chair’, Bill Harrell and Don Reno.

Ben, Margene, and Nancy, ‘M.T.A.’, Jacqueline Steiner & Bess Heard.

One of these people is NOT singing. HINT: Rick doesn’t sing (in public, anyway)…

Rick Memmel, ‘And I Love Her’, the Beatles.

Steve, ‘Golden Vanity’, traditional folksong.

Jeannie & Ernie, ‘Summertime’, George and Ira Gershwin.

Rich Ryan, ‘Comes A Time’, Neil Young.

Justin, ‘Traveling Show’, original.

Justin, just about to be shot full of hand sanitizer.

Russ Williams, ‘I’ve Grown Accustomed To Your Face’, Lerner and Loewe.

Keith, ‘This Masquerade’, Leon Russell.

Steve Gilmore, ‘I’m Gonna Marry A Lighthouse Keeper’, Erika Eigen.

I think you should know; this guitar came with a case, so Steve paid the full asking price.

Ernie B., ‘You Belong To Me’, Pee Wee King, Chilton Price, and Redd Stewart.

Jeannie White, ‘This Town,’ Niall Heran.

Justin Johnson, ‘Shells’, original.

March 2021 meeting

Another Zoom meeting was in order for our March meeting. Welcome to Mark Allen, a.k.a. Snapper. In fact, that’s all I knew him by for years! The first time someone called him Mark, I didn’t know who they were talking about. Also, welcome to Richard (Dick) Blaney, who rode his keyboard all the way from Kingsport, Tennessee to join us. Good to see you brother!

The tiny eagle is the picture Mark sent us. Dick is in the tile below Rich Ryan. Keep an eye on Ed’s wardrobe correction.

You’ll notice some green, some clovers, and other March madness. Quite a few of us had Irish flavored tunes. Another offering by Rich was ‘Covid 19’, a parody to the Neil Diamond tune ‘Sweet Caroline’. We were all singing along ‘so bad, so bad, so bad’. Good job, Rich. Washing hands ,washing hands, don’t touch me, I won’t touch you’….

Nancy and I worked up a tune my dad used to sing, ‘Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder?’ It got Richard grinning, and I think I saw him singing along on the chorus. As a final thought, I added another song Dad sang to us, ‘Fifty Cents’.

With the warmer weather and more folks getting their Covid vaccinations, we might be able to start meeting face to face soon. Hey, it could happen! It might be outside, it might be in a gym or something. Thanks to Melinda Brazzale for hosting us all these months on her Zoom account, with a little luck we will leave you alone soon!

Here, Ed is highlighted, and is playing in his guitar playing shirt. Rick appears to be on fire.

Playlist for March 2021

Gary Krause started us out with ‘The Shores of Avalon’, by The Seekers.

Rich Ryan, ‘Covid 19’, an original parody of ‘Sweet Caroline’, Neil Diamond.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Blue Shadows’, 1928, Alter & White.

Nancy McKenzie & Keith Blaney, ‘John Ryan’s Polka/I’ll Tell Me Ma’, traditional.

Ben & Margene Zavorka, ‘San Antonio Rose’, Bob Wills.

Ken Frederick, ‘Cellphone Upgrade Blues’, original.

Edith Cook, ‘Se lo M’Accorgo’, anonymous from Renaissance.

Ed Heffern, ‘Sailing to Philadelphia’, Mark Knoffler.

Rich Ryan, ‘Christopher Robin’, Kenny Loggins.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Hidden Blues’, Rick Doherty.

Keith Blaney & Nancy McKenzie, ‘Who Threw the Overalls in Mrs. Murphy’s Chowder?’, 1898, George Giefer.

Margene & Ben Zavorka, ‘Kilgary Mountain’ (Whisky in the Jar), traditional.

Ken Frederick, ‘You Are Driving Me Crazy’, (1993) original.

Edith Cook, ‘Rondo in A major’, Carcassi.

Ed Heffern, ‘Wild Rover’, Irish folksong.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Unnamed Melody’, anonymous.

Keith Blaney, ‘Fifty Cents’, anonymous.

Also joining us were Dick Blaney, Rick Memmel, and Mark Allen.

February 2021 Meeting

Back to Zoom for this month’s meeting. We started with about nine folks, but then as the evening progressed we kept adding people. We eventually got up to our usually virtual dozen (or so) Welcome to Steve Borin, who popped up later in the program. Some other notes; happy birthday to Edith Cook, and Russ William’s niece Clara, who decorated all his electronic devices for the occasion.

Here’s Martin, playing one tune after another while we just enjoyed the show.

Some of the folks are able to add backgrounds to their image. Rich started out in jail, where he met Trump’s advisors. They were having a pretty good time, until he broke out of jail and joined the Village People. Before long, like Otis on The Andy Griffith Show, he was back in jail, where he sang Lyndsey Buckingham’s ‘Never Going Back Again’.

Toward the end of the evening Martin Gilmore joined us. Martin is a very talented singer/songwriter with a new bluegrass album just released, the ‘Martin Gilmore Trio’. I suggest you get yourself a copy, you will enjoy it. It will also help support a fantastic musician in these challenging days for live performance. We made him play and sing a bunch of tunes, as you will see from the playlist.

Rich about to be devoured by his pet mountain lion; the rest of us look pretty safe.

Playlist February 2021

Keith Blaney & Nancy McKenzie, ‘Rockin’ With the Rhythm of the Rain’, Brent Maher and Don Schlitz.

Rich Ryan, ‘When I’m 64’, Paul McCartney.

Russ Williams, ‘Reverdos de La Ellambra’, Francisco Terrega.

Edith Cook, ‘Etude in B Minor’, Fernando Sor.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, George & Ira Gershwin.

Ed Heffern, ‘Rocky Top’, Boudileux Bryant.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Midnight on the Water’, traditional fiddle tune.

Rick Memmel, ‘It’s Only Love’, Lennon/McCartney

Keith Blaney, ‘I Will’, Lennon/McCartney

Rich Ryan, ‘Never Going Back Again’, Lyndsay Buckingham.

Russ Williams, ‘Somewhere’, Reri Grist.

Edith Cook, ‘Lagrima’, Francisco Terrega.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Minnie the Moocher’, Cab Calloway.

Ed Heffern, ‘Memphis’, Chuck Berry

Steve Gilmore, ‘Kickin’ Mule’ or ‘Wish That Gal Was Mine’, Leroy Mack.

Rick Memmel (et al), ‘Happy Birthday’, to Edith Cook.

Martin Gilmore, ‘Christina’, original.

Martin Gilmore, ‘Babylon’s Fallen’, old Christian folksong.

Nancy McKenzie & Keith Blaney, ‘I Can See Clearly Now’, Johny Nash.

Rich Ryan, ‘Blackbird’, Paul McCartney.

Edith Cook, ‘Lagrima’ (reprise), Fransisco Terrega.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Fly Me To The Moon’, Bart Howard.

Ed Heffern, ‘Lonesome Stretch of Highway’, Mike Plume.

Martin Gilmore, ‘Honky Tonk Hardwood Floor’, Johnie Horton.

Martin Gilmore, ‘Hi Jolly, Haji Ali’, original.

Martin Gilmore, ‘I’ve Got the Blues’, original.

Also guest appearances by Melinda Brazzale (our host) and Carol Fischer.

January 2021 meeting

HELLO 2021! Good bye, and good riddance to 2020! Our first meeting of the year was once again, on Zoom, thanks to Melinda Brazzale. She was on another meeting at the same time, so couldn’t join us, but we do appreciate her putting up with us on the 5th.

Group photo of screen shot of Zoom meeting. But not this Zoom meeting.

Hmm, that’s not right… let’s see if anyone is actually paying attention.

We had twelve participants for the year’s first gathering. Zoom is funny; some folks are quite adept at it, while others struggle just to get and stay on. The sound quality leaves a lot to be desired; that is, until Justin showed up and sounded very good. There goes MY alibi…. Nancy and I were informed, after the meeting, that we were cutting out like crazy, so hopefully some audio interface equipment will eliminate some of that.

The right screen shot. Rick is on fire, while Steve must be in his belly boat.

Ed and Rich both played holiday music. What holiday? I’m glad you asked! Ed explained this was the 12th Day of Christmas, known as Epiphany. Excuse me for a moment while I go check my facts… OK, January 6th is technically correct, but given that we meet but once a month that’s close enough. We Three Kings Came to the Water on a Silent Night, with key changes.

Now for a bit of remote housekeeping. We decided to just keep the same officers and board for this year. Covid vaccinations are starting to roll out, so let’s hope there are only a few more months before we can all safely meet again in person. Remember dues are due; you can make your check for $25 out to Cheyenne Guitar Society and send it to:

Steve Gilmore. 1831 Newton Dr. Cheyenne, WY. 82001

Playlist for January 2021

Ben & Margene Zavorka, ‘Hallelujah, I’m Ready’ by Ricky Scaggs.

Nancy McKenzie & Keith Blaney, ‘Red Haired Boy/Margaret’s Waltz’, traditional Irish tune/ Pat Shaw.

Justin Johnson, ‘Backbone’, Kalaya.

Ken Frederick, ‘Bouree’, J. S. Bach.

Russ Williams, ‘Soledad’, Osvaldo Montes.

Rich Ryan, ‘As Tears Go By’, Rolling Stones.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Song Birds’, Leo Kottke.

Ed Heffern, ‘We Three Kings’, John Hopkins.

Ben & Margene Zavorka, ‘Rhythm of the Rain’, The Cascades.

Nancy McKenzie & Keith Blaney, ‘Long Time Gone’, Darrell Scott

Ken Frederick, ‘Minuet’, J. S. Bach.

Russ Williams, ‘Etude #8’, Julio Regondi.

Rich Ryan, ‘Silent Night’, Franz Gruber.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Twilight Time’, music the Three Suns, lyrics Buck Ram.

Justin Johnson, ‘Don’t Know Why’, Nora Jones.

Ed Heffern, ‘Come Weal, Come Woe’, John Foley.

Ken Frederick, ‘Holiday #19’, original.

Russ Williams, ‘Carousel’, some dead guy.

Also joining us were Rick Memmel and Ernie’s I-pad. That last playlist entry is rather insensitive, but I gotta say you guys really have given me a run for my money by not saying the song titles and authors, or saying them but once at warp speed. I can look up most of it on the internet but I’d appreciate it if I didn’t have to… just sayin’.

December 2020 meeting

From the ever popular tune “Even Squeeky Fromm Loves Christmas,” I’d like to borrow a line. ‘Though there’s not much left of her mind, her memories are festive.’ Squeaky, you are not alone…

Melinda Brazzale once again hosted us on Zoom, while the Covid pandemic ravages the country. She changed some settings, and the sound quality was noticeably better this month. Thanks Melinda!

Here’s all the photos this month, a screen shot of most everybody in attendance.

There are some things that can be counted on with our Zoom meetings. Some folks are good with the technology, adding interesting backgrounds and such, while others struggle just to get on line. For instance, Rick started out on a glacier somewhere, then moved to the warmer climate of Florence, Italy. Some folks can sit very still, while others seem to have ants in their pants. Usually, the information provided is very thin; thank goodness for the internet and Wikipedia for filling in the gaps.

One of the Zoom ‘perks’ is Rich Ryan’s cue cards. After someone completes a tune, Rich will hold up a card. ‘Rock Star’, ‘Did you write that?’ and ‘You Sleighed It!’ were a few of his Christmas cue card comments.

The Rock Star of the evening, I think, was Russ Williams playing and singing ‘Auld Lang Syne’. He only sings about once a year for us, and it’s always a treat. The chords he can play while singing at the same time is mind boggling; for him it is easy compared to the classical pieces he can put together. Speaking of which, he spit out the name and composer of his first piece so fast (and only once) I didn’t even get close. When I tried looking it up later; I was directed to the Hyundai website… You’ll have to ask Russ what he played; I don’t have time, I’m shopping for Hyundai’s now.

We ended on what has become a Christmas CGS tradition, Robert Earl Keene’s “Merry Christmas From the Family”. I could almost hear you all singing along!

Even Izabel knew the words to our last song.

It was a fun meeting! And did much to boost our holiday spirits in these (socially) difficult times. Here’s hoping you and yours have a happy and healthy holiday!

December 2020 Playlist

Keith Blaney & Nancy McKenzie started off with ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,’ a traditional English carol.

Roland Peterson, ‘Opus 133’, Mauro Juliani.

Gary Krause, ‘Coventry Carol’, 16th century English carol.

Rich Ryan, ‘Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring’, J.S. Bach (1723)

Ken Frederick, ‘Dust in the Wind’, Kansas.

Steve Gilmore, ‘What Child is This’, (Greensleeves) traditional tune with lyrics by William Chatterton Dix.

Ed Heffern, ‘The Skye Boat Song’, Sir Harold Bolton added lyrics to the Scottish air collected by Anne Campbelle MacLeod.

Edith Cook, ‘Etude in B minor’, Fernando Sor.

Russ Williams, ‘Recardos es Elandra’, buy a Hyundai.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Quarantine’, parody of ‘Misty’.

Rick Memmel, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’, on bass.

Nancy & Keith, ‘Silver Bells’, Ray Evans & Jay Livingston.

Roland Peterson, ‘Study in A minor’, Juliani.

Gary Krause, ‘Angels’, original.

Rich Ryan, ‘Sweet Baby James’, James Taylor.

Ken Frederick, ‘Kissing in the Rain’, original.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Mary’s Boy Child’, Carribean tune.

Ed Heffern, ‘Oh Come Oh Come Emanuel’, 13th century Christian hymn.

Edith Cook, ‘Minuet in C’, Fernando Sor.

Russ Williams, ‘Auld Lang Syne’, Robert Burns poem set to traditional folk song.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, Bart Howard.

Keith & Nancy, ‘Go Tell It on the Mountain’, African-American spiritual.

Gary Krause, ‘It’s Christmas’, original.

Ken Frederick, ‘Oh So Beautiful’ (wedding song), original.

Keith Blaney, ‘Merry Christmas from the Family’, Robert Earl Keene.

November 2020 meeting

With a spike in Covid cases, nearly one million nationwide and over 3000 here in Wyoming this week, we decided it would be best to move this meeting back online. Thanks to Melinda Brazzale, once again, for hosting us on her Zoom account. We tried for something more music friendly called jamkazam, but were unable to jump through all the hoops in time for tonight’s meeting.

The best screen shot

Photo credits this month go to Nancy McKenzie. It reminded me of when we’d take our cassette player and put it close to the radio speaker to record songs. Nancy was taking pictures of the computer screen on a camera, then transferring them back to the computer to send it for publication. Ed Heffern also joined us at some point, but the above screen shot is the only one that didn’t feature the top of someone’s head, someone with their eyes closed, someone yawning, etc. The clever among us can alter their background image, like Rick and Steve have here. But to get everyone paying attention and smiling for the camera is more like herding cats.

Speaking of cats, this is Nancy’s Izabel. She’s a shy old gal, but she likes me for whatever reason.

November 2020 playlist

Keith Blaney & Nancy McKenzie, ‘In Spite of Ourselves’, John Prine.

Rich Ryan, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, Lennon/McCartney.

Gary Krause, ‘Speak to the Sky’, Bruce Springsteen.

Ernie Brazzale, (not so) ‘Amazing Grace’, Christian hymn John Newton lyrics.

Ernie doing pre-accordian warm-ups. And a one and a two…

Steve Gilmore, ‘I’ll Break Out Again Tonight’, Leonard Nimoy.

Keith Blaney, ‘The Navajo Trail’, D. Charles/L. Markes/E. DeLange.

Rich Ryan, ‘Country Road’, James Taylor.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Bolero’, Ravel.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Twelve Disciples’, Mike Cross.

Steve in front of Leonard Nimoy album cover. Steve’s record player must be HUGE!

Ed Heffern, ‘De Colores’, Mexican folk song.

Nancy & Keith, ‘Good Old Mountain Dew’, Lundsford/Wiseman.

Rich Ryan, ‘Still…You Turn Me On’, Emerson Lake & Palmer.

Steve Gilmore, ‘White Summer’, Jimmy Page.

Ernie Brazzale played us out with a 14 bar blues on his accordion.

Also with us tonight were Melinda Brazzale, Rick Memmel, and Izabel the Cat.

October 2020

Before diving in to the October newsletter, let’s give a round of applause to Maria Means and Ken Frederick, who got married on September 26th at the Botanic Gardens. They were such a hot couple, the air filled with smoke! OK-maybe the Mullens Fire up in Medicine Bow may have contributed to the air quality as well. No matter, congrats! you crazy kids!

Maria and Ken fondling an unnamed guitar.

This month we met at the First United Methodist Church downtown. It was a very nice space with ample parking. The trick, however, was getting into that parking lot. As the facility is surrounded by one way streets, I think I circled the wagons three times before stumbling on to the entrance to the parking lot. I was not alone. It will be easier to find next time.

The Pumpkin King

Sue Frerich brought our friend Marvin. So good to see you, Marv! (and thanks, Sue!)

Marvin was in rare form, nailing his tune tonight.

A little different this month, Rich played a medley of opening riffs for at least a half dozen tunes we all recognized. Our utility player this month was Nancy McKenzie. First she joined Ben and Margene on their tune,

Ben and Margene with Nancy. Nancy, show yourself!

Then she played and sang a tune with Gary.

Nancy and Gary doing the Seekers tune, ‘Guardian Angel Guiding Light’.

Finally, she joined yours truly while we butchered Roger Miller’s ‘You Can’t Roller-skate in a Buffalo Herd’.

‘You can’t go swimming in the neighbor’s toilet’.

So where will we be next month? Hard to say. With the Covid epidemic ramping up, places that will have us are dwindling. We may have to return to an online format-we’ll see…

October 2020 Playlist

Marvin Frerich started us off with a traditional folk song, ‘Jamaican Farewell’.

Steve Gilmore, ‘The Fisherman’, Leo Kottke.

Steve knew all the words and over half the chords to this Leo Kottke tune.

Ben & Margene Zavorka, with Nancy McKenzie, ‘Singin’ the Blues’, Marvin Ensley (by Marty Robbins).

Gary Krause/Nancy McKenzie, ‘Guardian Angel, Guiding Light’, by the Seekers.

Keith Blaney/Nancy McKenzie, ‘You Can’t Roller-skate in a Buffalo Herd’, Roger Miller.

Edith Cook, La Rossigual, from the Renaissance.

Jeannie White, ‘Fields of Gold’, Sting.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Smoke Rings’, Gifford and Washington.

Plugged in and wired for sound, Ernie is also a call center for wayward crocodiles.

Rich Ryan, ‘Medley of Intros’, by various artists.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Licks Off of Records’, Martin Mull.

Ben Zavorka, ‘Folsom Prison Blues’, Johnny Cash

Gary Krause, ‘Free Candy’, original.

Keith Blaney, ‘Write Myself a Letter’, Fats Waller.

Edith Cook, ‘Study for Two Lutes’, Renaissance piece.

Starry starry night, paint your pallet blue and grey. Mostly blue…

Ernie Brazzale, ‘If’, David Gates (of Bread).

Rich Ryan, ‘Kodachrome’, Paul Simon.

Marvin Frerich, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, Harold Arlen/Yip Harburg.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Safroni’, Jimmy Martin.

What are the rules in shuffleboard? Did I score a 10, or am I out of bounds?

Keith Blaney, ‘The Beautiful Shape for ’65’, Chevrolet commercial jingle.

Jeannie White, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, Lynard Skynard.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’, George Gershwin.

Rich Ryan, ‘Joy to the World’, Hoyt Axton, (Three Dog Night).

Also joining us tonight were Sue Frerich and Brian Andreas. Photo credits to Rich Ryan and Nancy McKenzie.

September 2020 meeting

As they used to say on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, “And now for something completely different”…

Meet Steve Grillmore. An excellent job he did too, living up to his new name.

We met on September 1st at the North Pavilon in Lion’s Park. Rich figured since there was a grill just outside the shelter, why not Shanghai someone to fry up some burgers and brats? So that’s what Steve and Rich put together, a very nice picnic on a most pleasant night.

There was electricity at one end of the enclosure, and we were told, lights! A few chairs and stools were hauled in, but most everyone was happy just to sit at the picnic tables to play their tunes. It was a very relaxed atmosphere with people milling around, getting food and such. It didn’t seem quite as ‘formal’ as one of our normal meetings, where we try to get around the circle twice. There was no circle, no order to speak of, and for some folks this made playing much easier.

IT BURNS!!! I’ve just tried on some of the new popular spray tan, Orange Roughie.

Welcome to Hailey Ellingham, joining us for the first time, and Ron Labrecque, who hasn’t visited us in quite some time. Remy brought a big box of music books once owned by Don Williams, inviting everyone to help themselves. Free food, free literature, good music, all on a most pleasant evening. Almost perfect.

Lights just warming up. 50% face mask coverage.

The sun slipped away on us. We looked high and low for a light switch, no luck. They must be on a sensor! Nope, it got dark. Turns out they were on a timer, set for earlier in the summer when the days were longer. The lights finally winked on just as we were making our last pass through the pavilion for lost cords and a final trash round up. Oh well, it was still a very pleasant evening, and with the extras we enjoyed, a real treat.

Playlist for September 2020

David Norby, Ernie Brazzale, and Keith Blaney provided some dinner music while everyone was chowing down but before the playlist came out.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, Harold Arlen.

Gary Krause, ‘Smile A Little Smile’, Tony Macaulay, Jeff Stephens

The floor was covered with snakes where Gary was sitting, so he took the high post.

Rick Memmel, ‘Run For Your Life’, the Beatles.

Edith Cook, ‘Etude in B Minor’, F. Noad.

Russ Williams, ‘Study #6’, Carcassi.

‘People all over the world, join hands, start a Love Train, Love Train.’ A song written before 2020…

David Norby, ‘Love Train’, The O’Jays.

Ken Frederick, ‘420’, original.

Edith Cook, ‘Muss i denn’, German folksong.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Paint the Town’, Carter Stanley.

Rich Ryan, ‘Sweet Baby James’, James Taylor.

Half photo of Rich. Half a credit to Russ Williams.

Remy Abeyta, ‘How Great Thou Art’, Carl Boberg.

Nancy McKenzie/Keith Blaney, ‘Dooley’, M.Jayne/R.Dillard.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Minnie the Moocher’, Cab Calloway.

Ernie in Foreground, Rick in back. Hida Hida Hida Hey.

Keith Blaney, ‘Seymour and Irmagard’, original.

Gary Krause, ‘Change’, original.

David Norby, ‘Walking In Memphis’, Marc Cohn

Russ Williams, ‘Prelude from Suite No. 2’, Brouwer.

Ken taking another holiday.

Ken Frederick, ‘Holiday #19’, original.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Sweet Allis Chalmers’, Jimmie Hadley.

Nancy McKenzie/Keith Blaney, ‘Whiskey ‘Fore Breakfast’, Canadian fiddle tune.

Rich Ryan, ‘Love the One You’re With’, Steven Stills.

Edith Cook, ‘Laquime’, F. Tarnya. (it got too dark to write, so this might be erroneous)

Also joining us; Ron Labrecque, Hailey Ellingham, Barb Williams, and Brian Andreas.