February 2019 Meeting

We were, you guessed it, back up in the Sunflower Room at the library for our February meeting. Welcome to Joshua Phillips and his very lovely Gibson guitar. He did it justice with a couple covers of Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots tunes.

This is Joshua, but who’s the little guy peeking out from behind the guitar?

Our new dad, Martin Gilmore, ventured up from Denver to join us, but unfortunately only had time to play one tune. Lucky for us, he teamed up with his dad Steve for another one.

Steve and Martin Gilmore getting after Tim O’Brien’s ‘Heartbreak Game.’

We also got a nice presentation from Dorothy and Glen Gould about the Cheyenne Concert Association Series. A season pass is only $65 and gets you into about 18 different shows from Kimball to Cheyenne to Ft. Collins and beyond, with performances by some of the top musicians in the world. This season is about half way done, but you could still get more than your money’s worth.

Ed Heffern trying out his new music stand, who he calls Bob. We all call him Bob. That’s Bob.

The group song was- WAIT– there was no group song! Y’all need to step up for this little chore! It’s simple. Step 1. Pick out something fairly easy and familiar (without too many barr chords) Step 2. Make about ten copies for everybody to share. Step 3. Stick those copies in your guitar case. Step 4. Bring those copies to the meeting! We may not get to it right away, because I know the response to this call to action is going to be overwhelming. Trust me though, we will get around to your tune, because we all love a group song. Shoot, that’s why several of us bring an instrument, just to play along with the group. Oh, there’s one additional step for Russ, Step 1 1/2. Have someone show you how to chart chords right side up. Just kidding, upside down has its merits as well…

Playlist for February 2019

Earl Januck started us out with an original tune, “It’s Not Me, It’s You”

Ernie Brazzale ‘The Boxer’ by Paul Simon

Keith Blaney ‘Crazy Love’ by Van Morrison

David Norby ‘Running on Empty’ by Jackson Browne

When David Norby brings a tune, you can bet it’s one you haven’t heard in awhile.

Steve Gilmore ‘Bristlecone Pine’ by Hugh Prestwood

Justin Johnson ‘Desperado’ by Eagles

Edith Cook ‘Cool Water’ by Bob Nolan

You may not see it from this angle, but Edith is wearing a 10 gallon hat for her rendition of Bob Nolan’s cowboy classic, ‘Cool Water’.

Ed Heffern, ‘Ashokan Farewell’ by Jay Unger

Roland Peterson, ‘Opus 60 No. 3’ by Carrassi (on classical guitar)

Joshua Phillips, ‘Black’ by Pearl Jam

Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Fairwell’, mento (folk song)

Marvin had a birthday recently, I think he turned 39 again.

Martin Gilmore, ‘Buffalo Skinners’ traditional

Keith Blaney, ‘When I’m 64’ by Lennon/McCartney

Earl Januck, ‘I’m Here for the Beer’ original.

Joe Larson, ‘Love’ by Frank Sinatra

Ernie Brazzale trying out his musical braces while Floyd Turner watches on through his eyelids.

Ernie Brazzale, ‘Take Me As I Am’ by Thompson & Battle.

David Norby, ‘Big Yellow Taxi’ by Joni Mitchell

Steve and Martin Gilmore, ‘Heartbreak Game’ by Time O’Brien

Justin Johnson, ‘I’m Yours’ by Jason Mraz

Justin uses the whole neck. Both of them.

Ed Heffern, ‘Jerusalem’s Choir’ by Kane’s River

Roland Peterson, ‘Red Haired Boy’ on mandolin (traditional)

Joshua Phillips, ‘Big Empty’ by Stone Temple Pilots

Also joining us; Floyd Turner, Bob Fontaine, Bill Bailey, and Glen and Dorothy Gould.

Please note: I took some liberties with the playlist order to best use the photos that were fit to print. That’ll be my M.O. going forward with this new format.

January’s meeting

Since the 1st Tuesday of the month also fell on the first day of the new year, we had to postpone until the 8th. Only two poor souls showed up for the earlier date, and quite nearly froze their knickers off waiting outside for the week to pass.

The meeting was fairly well attended; by the time everyone had trickled in we had over two dozen attendees. Welcome to Nancy White and Joshua Phillips. Nancy did some noodling that she normally reserves for the sofa, and discovered it is much harder in a chair in a room full of chairs full of other geetar pickers. We hear ya… She then passed her guitar to Joshua, who did a mighty fine job of a Pink Floyd tune. It takes guts to play for strangers, and you both did great!

Here’s Nancy working on the group song with her patent pending music stand.

Joe Larson showed up with an instrument he got for Christmas that looked like a giant guitar pick with a neck. It’s a Russian balalaika; two strings tuned the same and a third string tuned to a fourth higher. Joe already figured out enough to hit a few licks on it for us. Roland Peterson was also sporting a different ax than usual, a mandolin, instead of his standard issue classical guitar.

Group song was Bill Hailey’s ‘Rock Around The Clock’. I took the opportunity to take some photos during the group song, rather than interupting individual performances. You may notice more people mugging for the camera than usual; that is why!

Playlist for January

Ken Frederick, ‘Kissing in the Wind’, an original tune. Ernie Brazzale, ‘Blue Shadows’, B. Hade and L. Alter Roland Peterson, ‘Blackberry Blossom’, traditional Earl Janack, ‘Time After Time,’ an original tune. Bill Bailey, ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’, Gary and The Pacemakers.

Bill with his steel pedal and Loni.

Gary Krause, ‘Guardian Angels & Spirit Guides,’ original. Edith Cook, ‘Audenhus in G,’ anonymous Nancy White, ‘Sofa Noodles’, original Joshua Phillips, ‘Time’, Pink Floyd Joe Larsen, ‘Kalinka, ‘ unknown Rich Ryan, ‘Nashville Cats’, John Sebastian

Marvin taking us on a Jamaican cruise.

Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, unknown Justin Johnson, ‘Lady May,’ Tyler Childs Steve Gilmore, ‘Hold to a Dream’, Tim O’Brien Keith B., ‘Put Your Records On’, Corrinne Bailey Rae Nancy McKenzie, Jeannie White, Keith Blaney, Rick Memmel, ‘Shine’, Ed Roland (Collective Soul) Group Song ‘Rock Around the Clock’, Bill Hailey and the Comets

Nancy flirting with the camera

Ken Frederick, ‘New Year’s Day’, original Ernie Brazzale, ‘Jazz Improv in C’, original

Rich Ryan with his much loved Dunlop pick

Roland Peterson, ‘Study in Am’, Guiliani Earl Janack, ‘It’s Fallin’ , original Bill Bailey, ‘You’re Something Special to Me’, George Strait Rich Ryan, ‘Time In a Bottle’, Jim Croce

Come for the Cookies, Stay for the Music

Our meeting on the 4th was well attended, with one noticeable exception; Steve Gilmore was off having a grand baby!  Bridger Augustus Gilmore was born December 2nd.  We heard he can already Travis pick, and cries when he sees a banjo player, so he’s off to a good start.  Steve is recovering nicely.  An Honorable Mention goes out to Stacey and Martin, parents of young Bridger.  Best of health to all.This is Jason, who heard a song, decided he liked it, listened to it a million times, learned it, then presented it at the meeting.  All this happened on the same day.  We had a couple people apologizing for not having Christmas tunes to offer (Jason was one of these apologetic types)  All I can say is don’t be silly, the diversity is what makes us tick, what makes us unique, what makes us CHEYENNE Guitar Society.

Pete came up from Ft. Collins,  always a treat to see and hear Pete!  Remy brought his ‘music machine’ which consists of Remy, a Gibson guitar, a Fender Blues Jr., and a backing track in which Remy laid down all the different instruments.  He makes it look easy, but it is tricky to pull off as smoothly as he does.   We had collaboration all around the room, many of them involving Rick Memmel on both guitar and bass.  Here’s Bob Fontaine teaming up with Ed Heffern; we didn’t even know Bob played his fingernails (there’s a harp hiding in there somewhere)   Edith brought cookies, I think somebody even ate the tin.  Group song was Jingle Bells, and trust me, we jangled all the way!

PLAYLIST    i think

Edith Cook and Russ Williams   In the Hall of the Mountain King, by Edvard Grieg

Randy Busler, A Boy Named Sue,  by Johnie Cash

Pete Piotrowski, Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, traditional

Rich Ryan, You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,  ???

Ed Heffern and Bob Fontaine, Jingle Bell Rock, Bobby Helms

Rick Memmel and Ed Heffern, Noel (Christmas Dinner) by Paul Stookey

Rick Memmel and Ernie Brazzale, Please Come Home for Christmas, by Brown

Rick, Jeannie White, Keith Blaney, and Nancy McKenzie, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, by Galya Peevey

Just Jeannie wants the hippo

Keith Blaney,  The Christmas Song, by M. Torme and G. Wells

Jeannie White, Mary Did You Know?, by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene

Gary Krause with Nancy McKenzie, It’s Christmas, original by Gary

Justin Johnson, The Fork, an original tune.

Earl Janack, The Streets of Laredo METV theme song, ???

Remy Abeyta, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, by James Pierpont

Edith Cook, Vals/Piece Juhine by Calatayud/Papanini

Russ Williams, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, by Cahn & Styne

Pete Piotrowski, The Twister (Floyd’s Twister), by Dan Lebowitz

Rich Ryan, Tennessee Christmas, by Gary Chapman/Amy Grant

Bob Fontaine & Ed Heffern, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, traditional

Ernie Brazzale, Away in A Manger, traditional

Jeannie, Nancy, Rick and Keith, Come and See What’s Happening in the Barn, by The Gaither Vocal Band

Keith Blaney, Merry Christmas From the Family, by Robert Earl Keene

Jeannie, Rick, Nancy, and Keith, LeRoy the Redneck Reindeer, by Joe Diffe

Justin Johnson, Feathered Indians, by Tyler Childers

Earl Janack, Can’t Wrap My Head Around It, original

Remy Abeyta, Silent Night, Franz Gruber

Also joining us were Bill Bailey, the Floyd Turner, Judy Heffern, and Cathy Memmel.

November 2018 Newsletter

Lots of new Faces for November

  • The good news is, we’ve got a new website up and chugging!   The not so good news is it is going to take awhile to learn just how to us it.  For the time being, go ahead and click the link below and it will take you to our ‘traditional’ newsletter. The goal is to build the newsletter on this system so it can be viewed easier on tablets, cellphones, and other devices besides computers.  The look will change (longer and skinnier) but the content will be similiar.
  • Our December meeting will be December 4th  at the Laramie County Library’s Sunflower Room on the 3rd floor, starting at 6:30 pm.  So no matter the style you play, or if you just want to come listen, please do stop by.



November 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

The October 2nd meeting went smoothly, with 16 or so attendees. I think our biggest bit of news came from one of our newbies. Kate Silver (hiding here behind Ken)bought a guitar from Honest Rick Memmel, and is starting guitar lessons as we speak. Go Kate! To see the full newsletter, check out the PDF below.

October 2018