January 2022 Meeting

Steve just getting started, with Tiffane looking on.

Happy New Year! Our meeting on January 4th was held in the library’s Cottonwood Room. We had a nice, albeit small group. Welcome to Tifanne Gerber, who tagged along with Steve and added some vocals. AMAZING vocals, I might add; she’s got quite a set of pipes! Welcome to you Tiffane, please come back again!

Both Roland and Russ sang for us, and Roland brought a guitar with steel strings, the first time I can recall that happening. With the small group we had, we didn’t mess with elections or such. However, dues were collected and we talked about the most excellent show by Sean McGowan and Martin Gilmore at the Surburgg/Prentice Auditorium from last month.

Russ was killing it tonight!

The library’s ‘One World Prairie Guitar Contest’ is next Saturday, January 22nd. There are new categories, with other stringed instruments invited, and higher prize rewards out to 4 places. Contest held during the day, with the winner’s performance the same evening. Admission is free to the public, and you can still enter to compete! More information is available on the Laramie County Library website.

Our 24th Valentines Romance dinner/concert will feature Johan Smith from Switzerland, the 2021 Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) International Competition winner. Dinner and concert we be held on Feb 14th out at LCCC. More information on this event will be in your inbox within the next few hours.

Playlist for January 2022

Roland Peterson, ‘Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain’, Fred Rose.

David Norby, ‘Darlin’, Beach Boys.

David knows his way around the neck.

Jordan Evans, ‘Quite Early Morning’, Pete Seeger.

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

Keith Blaney, ‘I Still Write Your Name In The Snow’, Chet Atkins.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Dress Rehearsal’, Jody Adams.

Russ Williams, ‘Walzer,’ Nikita Koshkin.

Roland singin’ a Nanci Griffith tune

Roland Peterson, ‘Gulf Coast Highway’, Nanci Griffith.

David Norby, ‘Angie Baby’, Helen Reddy.

Jordan Evans, ‘IRA’, Nick Shoulders.

Rich Ryan, ‘Blackbird’, Paul McCartney.

Ryan learning to play a strange guitar. Put right hand on strings, buddy…

Keith Blaney, ‘You’ve Got A Friend’, Carole King.

Steve Gilmore & Tiffane Gerber, ‘Steel Rails’, Allison Krause.

Russ Williams, ‘Christmas Valentine’, Jason Mraz/Ingrid Michaelson.

Jordan Evans, ‘Long Violent History’, Tyler Childers.

The words are in Jordan’s hat, I think.

Rich Ryan, ‘Tears In Heaven’, Eric Clapton.

Keith Blaney, ‘Wonderful World’, Sam Cooke.

Steve Gilmore & Tiffane Gerber, ‘Every Day’, Buddy Holly.

Russ Williams, ‘Cayatina’, Stanley Myers.

Also in attendance was Rick Memmel.

December 2021 Meeting

Man, those hands were just a blur. Along with everything else…

We met at the First United Methodist Church downtown for our December Guitar Society meeting. Nice big meeting room and handy parking, more than adequate for our eight participants this month.

First I’d like to start with a thank you to Edith, who drove down from suburban Torrington just to share her Christmas cookies with us. Edith recently had shoulder work done and is recovering well, but unable to play her guitar just yet. Her cookies were delicious, so many thanks for making the trip.

Ken staring at the chair he’d rather be sitting in

Our other wounded warrior who surprised us was Ken, who recently lost the tip of a finger to a rabid car in Hawaii. Not to put too fine a point on it (too soon?), his middle finger on his strumming hand is rather tender, and you could see him wincing every now and then when it collided with the strings. Hats off to a brave performance by one of our stalwarts.

Justin playing an original tune, with a cheat sheet.

It seems to me, if you write a song it should AUTOMATICALLY just be there, under your fingers and in your memory bank, whenever you want to play it. But it doesn’t work that way; you have to learn them just like any other song. So while it seems like I am picking on Justin for his cheat sheet, I am really empathizing. It’s not fair, if you ask me.

The other wonderful thing that happened this month, on the 11th, was a concert by Sean McGowan and Martin Gilmore, out at LCCC’s new Surbrugg/Prentice Auditorium. Sean is a jazz guitarist, while Martin is a singer/songwriter. Both teach down in Colorado, both are top shelf musicians. The only reason we could afford to sponsor this concert is they aren’t famous yet. The new facility is stunning. Martin and Sean gave a free workshop during the day, where they swapped stories about their craft and took questions from the peanut gallery. Just a treat to get to rub shoulders with such talented musicians.

Playlist for December 2021

Remy Abeyta, Christmas Carol Medley, Williams/Oliphant/Gruber. (I have a video clip of this I will add once I learn how).

Rick Memmel, ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’, ‘Jingle Bells’, ‘Silent Night’, asst. authors.

Ken Frederick, ‘Two Of Us’, Lennon/McCartney.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Hallelujah, Hear The Angels Sing’, Martin Gilmore.

Justin Johnson, ‘Gentle On My Mind’, Glen Campbell.

Rich doing a very credible job on a classical piece

Rich Ryan, ‘Jesus: Joy of Man’s Desiring’, J.S. Bach.

Russ Williams, ‘Estrellita’, Ponce.

Remy, ‘Limbo Rock’, Chubby Checker.

Rick Memmel, ‘Honey Don’t’, Carl Perkins.

Rick with his long neck 4 string guitar. Bass guitar.

Ken Frederick, ‘Something’, George Harrison.

Steve, ‘Wings of Angels’, The Stanley Brothers.

Justin, ‘Yuengling’, original.

Rich Ryan, ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch’, Dr. Seuss & Albert Hague.

Russ sitting and playing in the dark

Russ Williams, ‘Let It Snow’, Jule Styme.

Remy, ‘Arizona Highway’, original.

Rick, ‘Amazing Grace’, played with harmonics, arrangement by Jaco Pastorius.

Justin, ‘Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters’, Elton John.

Group Song, ‘Silent Night’.

November 2021 meeting

Just a half dozen of us had the library’s Cottonwood Room all to ourselves. It was still a most pleasant gathering, with plenty of time for stories, jokes, and giving each other a hard time.

$4 chord WAY up the neck.

Remy had me as a backing track for one of his tunes. We did Joseph Kosma’s ‘Autumn Leaves’ together. It was a tricky piece to play, with a bunch of cool jazz chords, but it was worth the effort. We did a presentable job of it; thanks Remy!!!

Russ sang one; Russ has been singing more often this year. Remy sang one, and played an original tune as well, both were a first for our group. Thanks Remy! David brought us a few songs we haven’t heard in awhile, as is his custom. T’was a very nice, low key meeting. That said, here’s hoping we have more folks show up for our December gathering and it’s a bit more chaotic…

Playlist for November 2021

Russ, that little music stand isn’t enough to hide behind.

Russ Williams started us out with Walzer, by Nikita Koshku.

Remy Abeyta/Keith Blaney, Autumn Leaves, Joseph Kosma & Johny Mercer.

Rich Ryan, ‘Cinnamon Girl’, Neil Young.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Sleep With One Eye Open’, Lester Flatt.

More $4 chords

David Norby, ‘Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)’, Looking Glass.

Russ Williams, ‘When First Into This Country’, unknown.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Sone Contigo (I Dream of You)’, original. (there needs to be a squiggle over the ‘n’, and an accent on the ‘e’ of Sone, but I don’t know how to make that happen)

Keith, ‘Miss Celie’s Blues’, Quincy Jones and others.

Rich Ryan, ‘Still, You Turn Me On’, Greg Lake.

Case open for donations

Steve, ‘All My Life’, Pat Donohue.

David, ‘Who Will Sing Me Lullabyes’, Kate Rusby.

Russ Williams, ‘CanciĆ³n Triste’, Farinae.

Remy Abeyta, ‘It’s Been A Long, Long Time’, Jules/Styne.

Keith, ‘City of New Orleans’, Steve Goodman.

Rich, ‘Blues Etude’, Keb Mo.

6 strings, 14 frets, life is good.

Steve, ‘How Long Have I Been Waiting For You?’, Jonathan Edwards.

David, ‘Viva la Vida’, Coldplay (Chris Martin)

Russ, ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’, Crystal Gale.

October 2021 meeting

Steve with the Mandolin that ate Hong Kong.

On October 5th, we were up in the Sunflower Room at the library. It’s been a long time since we’ve met upstairs in the silo shaped portion of the building, and I forgot how interesting the acoustics are up there. From where I was sitting, it sounded like Steve had a string section playing with him (like violins and such, not just the Mando on steroids) and Austin seemed to have someone harmonizing with him.

Austin White, the newest new guy

Oh yeah, meet Austin, the new guy. Once Jordan finally caught up with us, he decided we were ok, and invited Austin along as well. It’s a tough gig, playing for a bunch of guitarded folks sitting in a circle, watching you like a hawk, but Austin did a great job. Happy you joined us, and hope to see both you and Jordan on a regular basis!

We always make David sit by a stack of chairs

I’ve blabbered about this before, but it’s always a sweet surprise when Dave Norby shows up. He always brings a song or two you haven’t heard in many moons. I don’t know where he finds them, or how he figures them out; I am just tickled he did.

With his mask up, I thought Shane was wearing a cancer awareness bow in his hair

Good to have Shane Wallace back, another player who comes at it from a different angle than our normal fare. Tangy, spicy, with a touch of madness. OK, I’m exaggerating, a little bit, just consider it poetic license at Shane’s expense.

Playlist for October 2021

Remy Abeyta, ‘San Antonio Rose’, Bob Wills.

Keith Blaney, ‘Dock of the Bay’, Otis Redding.

David Norby, ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, Dusty Springfield.

Shane Wallace,’Here Comes The Night’, Them.

Jordan playing a very cute tune. Blame his daughter, he says.

Jordan Evans, ‘We’re Gonna Be Friends’, White Stripes.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Old Ebenezer Scrooge’, Bill Monroe.

Rich Ryan, ‘Little Martha’, Duane Allman.

According to Jimi Hendrix, the greatest song ever written, and done justice by Rich.

Russ Williams, ‘Cavatina’, Stanley Myers.

Remy, ‘Sleepwalk’, Sango Santo & Johny.

Keith, ‘Angel From Montgomery’, John Prine.

I am an old woman, named after my mother. YIKES!!!

David Norby, ‘Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye’, John Loudermilk (The Casinos)

Shane Wallace, ‘Still of the Night’, Sanford Clark.

Jordan Evans, ‘Corpus Christie Bay’, Robert Earl Keane.

Austin White, ‘Lonely Boy’, Black Keys.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Less & Less’, Tim O’Brien.

Rich Ryan, ‘MODOC’, Steve Morse.

Russ playing for the ghosts in the window

Russ Williams, ‘The River Is Wide’, traditional.

Remy, ‘La Pecosita’, Lalo Elizalde.

Keith, ‘I Will’, Paul McCartney.

Shane, ‘Lonesome Me’, Don Gibson.

Jordan, ‘Not in Nuttingham’, Roger Miller.

Austin, ‘Midnight Special’, Credence Clearwater Revival.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Four Wet Pigs’, Bryan Bowers.

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

September 2021 meeting

with a strap on his guitar and a guitar on his strap, here’s our friend Remy.

Can’t say I had much enthusiasm for the Sept. 7th meeting at the library. I’m glad I dragged my lazy (self) to the library, though. It turned out to be a very entertaining session. One of the smiles was a new guy; welcome to Jordan Evans! He also showed up to the library for the August meeting, but we pimped him out and went to Ernie and Melinda’s instead, and had ourselves a picnic in the rain. Jordan caught up to us this month though.

Jordan sat by the door, just to make sure we didn’t sneak by him again. Steve brought a 12 string, Rick brought a group song, two of our classical players sang for us. So lots of points of interest.

A brief aside: The Flat Earth Society claims members from all over the globe. Their words, not mine. I think there is scientific evidence that the Earth, is not in fact, flat. If it were, cats would have knocked everything over the edge by now.

The group song, Neil Young’s ‘Down By the River’ went about as well as usual (not that great). Apologies all around, tho’ none required.

Ernie doing Billy Holiday. Looks just like her, huh?

Ernie brought a new song, and it was stunning. Most of us youngsters recognize it as a Blood, Sweat, and Tears tune, but they stole it from Billy Holiday. ‘God Bless The Child’ by Holiday and Arthur Herzog.

The classic contingency, Edith, Russ, and Roland.

Playlist for September 2021

Russ Williams started us with ‘Homage to Villa Lobos’, Carlos Fonseca.

Roland Peterson, ‘Suite #2’, Leo Brouwer.

Ken Frederick, ‘It’s Over’, original.

Keith Blaney, ‘Dream A Little Dream’, Andre/Kahn.

look at those hands; just a blur I tell ya

Rich Ryan (pictured), ‘Carolina In My Mind’, James Taylor.

David Norby, ‘I Say A Little Prayer’, Burt Bacharach & Hal David.

Steve Gilmore, ‘The Driving of The Year Nail’, Leo Kottke.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘God Bless The Child’, Billy Holiday/Arthur Herzog.

Jordan Evans, ‘I Remember Everything’, John Prine.

Remy Abeyta, ‘Moonglow/Picnic’ medley, Morris Stolloff.

Edith brought us a medley

Edith Cook, three short pieces, misc. authors.

Russ Williams, ‘Try to Remember’, Harvey Schmidt/Tom Jones.

Roland Peterson, ‘My Sweet Wyoming Home’, Bill Staines.

Here’s Roland with the B’s knees. I think that’s a B he’s playing…

Keith Blaney, ‘As Time Goes By’, Herman Hupfeld.

Rick Memmel brought the group song, ‘Down By The River’, Neil Young.

Ken Frederick, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, George Harrison.

Sing along now, ‘Do do do do’…

Rich Ryan, ‘Baby Blue’, Badfinger.

David Norby, ‘Early Morning Rain’ Gordan Lightfoot.

David taking a short break from his chair rental business

Ernie Brazzale, ‘You Belong To Me’, Price, King & Stewart.

Jordan Evans, ‘Sink, Florida, Sink’, Against Me!

Remy Abeyta, ‘Sweet Dreams’, Don Gibson.

Edith Cook, ‘Lagrina’, Francisco Tarrega.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Last Steam Engine Train’, Kirk McGee.

All those extra strings didn’t seem to cause Steve much trouble

Photo credits to Rich Ryan, and a couple fuzzy ones by yours truly.

August 2021 meeting and Picnic!

We got together August 3rd at Ernie and Melinda’s place for some burgers, brats, and tunes. It was thrown together quickly, so we were unsure just how many folks would show up. Turn-out was 15 or so (more than 10 and I kept my shoes on, so I’m just guessin’…)

Steve was going to cover Rich’s face but wasn’t quick enough.

Mother Nature crashed the party, raining steadily almost all day and night. Luckily Melinda and Ernie had cleared some space in the garage, and most of us were able to retreat indoors. Everyone but Steve, that is; he had duty on the grill outside. However, he claimed he’s been rained on before and it didn’t have a permanent effect on him, so we abandoned him out there until the cooking chore was done. And a fine job he did, too! The food was delicious, thanks to Steve and all the people that brought side dishes.

Ken got the award for furthest distance traveled. On foot. He lives 3 doors down from Brazzale’s.

It was good to see Pete from Fort Collins. I wrote a song that prominently features Pete, so decided to play it for him. When it got to the part in the song that mentions him, I forgot the words and mumbled through most of it. Anyone that writes songs will tell you IT’S NOT FAIR. You have to learn the song, same as any other. You’d think it would be automatic! I doubt anyone noticed, except maybe me and Pete. Sorry, Pete.

Pete playing one of his funny chords.

Since we weren’t going to get kicked out at 8:45, we took some time for stories and extra laps around the circle. Edith needed to hit the road, so we started with the group song. Russ, on his third go-round, sang one for us, ‘On The Coast of Marceille’, by Jimmy Buffet. Always a treat when Russ sings.

Ernie and Edith by the pump organ. Ernie rebuilds these things.

August 2021 Playlist

Group Song, ‘Don’t Pass Me By’, Ringo Starr.

Edith Cook, ‘Si lo M’Accordio, scribble.

Russ Williams, ‘Recuerdo de la Alhambre’, Tarrega.

Ken Frederick, ‘Labor Day’, original.

Pete Piotrowski, ‘Couldn’t Get It Right’, Climax Blues Band.

First time we’ve seen Rick with a ukulele. I think.

Ernie Brazzale/Rick Memmel, ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, Isreal Kamakawiwo arrangement.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Oh Mona’, Bob Wills.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Misty’, Stokely Carmichael.

Justin Johnson, ‘Goodbye Carolina’, Marcus King.

We talked about all the other Justin Johnson’s we know out there, but not this one.

Keith Blaney, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’, Randy Neuman.

Rich Ryan, ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, Beatles.

Russ Williams, ‘Cavatina’, Stanley Da….scribble.

Ken Frederick, ‘Looking Out at Longs Peak’, original.

Ernie B., ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’, J.S. Bach.

Justin Johnson, ‘The Boxer’, Simon & Garfunkel.

Joke time! Russ, Ken, Rick, Justin, Ernie, and Pete.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Marvelous Toy’, Tom Paxton.

Keith, ‘A Little Help From My Friends’, Ringo Starr.

Rich, ‘Drift Away’, Dobie Gray.

Pete Piotrowski, ‘Joker’, Steve Miller.

I don’t think this is the one Russ sang. The shoes aren’t right.

Russ Williams, ‘On the Coast of Marseille’, Jimmy Buffet.

Ken Frederick, ‘July Rain/October Snow’, original.

Ernie B., ‘Minnie the Moocher’, Gab Calloway.

Steve, Keith, Ron, Barb, Edith, Russ, Ken, and Pete in the hat (so you know which way the names fit) Oh, and 75% of Rick, tucked in behind Pete there.

Justin Johnson, ‘Wave on Wave’, Pat Green.

Keith, ‘Karaoke Queen’, original.

Rich Ryan, ‘Me & Julio Down by the School Yard’, Paul Simon.

Also joining us this month were Ron Labrecque, Barb Williams, and our hostess with the mostest, Melinda Brazzale. Photos by Melinda and Rich Ryan.

July 2021 meeting

Our group on the 6th of July was about as small as it gets, only 5 people. This is not unusual in the summertime, after a holiday. It was a very relaxed, most pleasant evening in the library’s Cottonwood Room. We talked about the origins of songs, songwriters and instruments we have known, and members that have recently shucked their mortal coils. We even managed to play a few songs.

Stunning work with his own backing tracks, it’s always a joy to have Remy join us.

We haven’t seen Remy in awhile, welcome back! Remy is the very definition of a musician: $4000 worth of gear in a $500 car, driving 100 miles for a $50 gig. Well, only some of that’s true; his car’s a little nicer and we don’t pay bupkis, but you get the idea.

Rick brought a lovely little Guild guitar, I don’t know if it was a parlor or a 000 or what, but it played smooth and had a big voice. To give it a chance to sing, we cooked up a group song, Johny on the spot, the Eagles ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’. It took about two minutes to go through the chords, and we were off and running. We may have repeated the lyrics a time or two, but none of the drunks at the bar even noticed. They rarely do.

Short notice, but Steve’s band ‘High Plains Tradition’ will be playing tomorrow, July 16th, from 1-3pm at the Chugwater Bluegrass Festival. If you’ve never seen them, try to go. They are a world class group and it’s really fun to watch them work that single microphone.

This is Steve. He’s much taller when he’s standing up. If you go to Chugwater, look for a tall guy.

Playlist for July 2021

Remy Abeyta, ‘I Still Write Your Name In The Snow’, Chet Atkins.

Keith Blaney, ‘I’m An Old Cowhand’, Irving Berlin.

Steve Gilmore, ‘Doc’s Guitar’, Doc Watson.

Rich Ryan, ‘I Feel Fine’, Lennon/McCartney.

Rich got fuzzier as the evening wore on.

Remy, ‘God Bless America’, Erving Berlin.

Keith, ‘Cowboy’s Lament’, original.

Steve, ‘The Little Children’s Song’, Howard Parker.

Rich, ‘Long Haired Country Boy’, Charlie Daniels.

Rick Memmel (group song) ‘Peaceful Easy Feeling’, The Eagles.

If videos are added it’s thanks to the efforts of Rick.

Remy, ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Old Oak Tree’, Tony Orlando and Dawn.

Keith, ‘Crazy Love’, Van Morrison.

Steve, ‘Stars and Stripes Forever’, John Phillip Sousa.

Rich, ‘Friends in Low Places’, Garth Brooks.

Remy, ‘Stardust’, Hoagie Carmichael.

Remember, Chugwater Music Festival July 16-17!!!

June 2021 meeting


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.