August 4th was a beautiful night, with a light breeze and cloud cover in the back yard of Kristy and Justin. The low turn-out actually worked to our advantage; with the clouds it got dark shortly after 8pm, but we had already made two laps and goofed off a bit as well.
‘Happy Birthday’ was sung to both Kristy and Nico, both born on this day. Then Kristy returned the favor in spades, singing one of her own and harmonizing with Justin on several tunes. That was worth the price of admission right there!
Nice to see Maria and Ken, and David Norby as well. David always brings something that you probably haven’t heard in quite a few years, so that’s always another treat to enjoy at our CGS soirees.
The ‘group’ song (of sorts) was ‘Fifty Cents’. No music, no sing along, but simple chords that most could play along, and a nice fill by Steve. Next month we might need to move back indoors, with shorter nights and cooler temps. We’ll have to figure it out between now and then, as the library isn’t going to have meeting rooms available any time soon.
Playlist for August 2020
Gary Krause started us off with ‘Rhythm of the Rain’ by John Gummoe.
Nancy McKenzie, Keith Blaney. ‘Red Haired Boy'(traditional) and ‘Margaret’s Waltz’ by Pat Shaw.
Keith & Nancy, ‘Rabbit Run’, original with Bob Davis.
Ken Frederick, ‘Sauvid-20’, original.
David Norby, ‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice’, by Brian Wilson, Mike Love, and Tony Asher.
Rich Ryan, ‘Closer to Home’, by Grand Funk.
Justin & Kristy Johnson, ‘Already Gone’, by Wild River.
Justin & Kristy, ‘More Love’, by Tim O’Brien.
Gary Krause, ‘Is It Wise’, original.
Keith Blaney, ‘Wonderful World’, by Weisse/Thiele.
Ken Frederick, ‘A July Song From 2017’, original tune.
David Norby, ‘Sweet Home Chicago’, Robert Johnson.
Rich Ryan, ‘We Just Disagree’, Dave Mason.
Steve Gilmore, ‘A Hole in the Day’, by Leo Kottke.
Steve, ‘Highway of Sorrow’, Bill Monroe.
Justin & Kristy, ‘If We Were Vampires’, by Jason Isbell.
Group song, ‘Fifty Cents’, anonymous.
Kristy Johnson, ‘Forever Young’, by Audra Mae.
Justin & Kristy, ‘Wildflowers’, by Dolly Parton.
Also joining us tonight, Maria Means, Nico, Coen, and Nora Johnson.
We made history on July 7th, with our first OUTDOOR meeting of the Cheyenne Guitar Society. Justin and Kristy played host to us in their back yard. Centrally located with plenty of parking, it worked out really well. The cool grass felt wonderful on your tootsies; those of you that managed to keep your shoes on will just have to take my word for it.
Welcome to Julie and Kevin Calcote, up from Texas on a visit with their friend Jeanie White. Kevin certainly knows his way around a guitar neck, and has a good voice to go with it. Come back any time, it was a great pleasure hearing you play.
We were going to, then we weren’t, then (oh what the heck) we did it anyway, a group song of the traditional folk song ‘Cripple Creek’. Thanks to Ben Zavorka and his lovely entourage for bringing that for us.
It’s hard to believe this was the first time in 25 years we held a meeting outdoors, it was just so pleasant. With the COVID-19 pandemic, it appears we’ll have to be creative about where and/or how we meet for the next few months. Personally, I hope the Johnson’s will consider having us again. For me, the highlight of the meeting was getting the chance to hear Kristy play and sing. Her harmonizing is spot on, and her voice is clear and bright. They can’t get away together very often, so hearing them together was a real treat.
Playlist for July 2020
Ernie Brazzale started us out with ‘Sleepy Time Down South’, by Rene, Rene, and Muse.
Remy Abeyta, Television Westerns Medley, Livingston, Koury, and Young.
Justin and Kristy Johnson, ‘Chaos and Clothes’, Jason Isbell.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Let Me Love You One More Time’, the Carter Brothers.
Nancy McKenzie, Margene and Ben Zavorka, ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ aka ‘Gilgarie Mountain’, Chieftans/Irish Rovers.
Keith Blaney, ‘Cheyoming Front Rear Daze’, original.
Rich Ryan, ‘Blackbird’, Paul McCartney
Jeanie White, ‘Crazy Love’, Van Morrison.
Russ Williams, ‘Sarabanda from Suite in A’, Ponce.
Paul Robertson, ‘La Caterdral – Preludio’, Agustin Barrios Mangore.
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Hide My Blues’ (revisited), Dougherty.
Remy Abeyta, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, Irving Burie. for Marvin…
Justin and Kristy, ‘Cover Me Up’, Jason Isbell.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Fergus County Jail’, John Lowell.
Keith Blaney, ‘Dream a Little Dream’, Andre/Kahn.
Kevin Calcote, ‘Red Headed Stranger’, Willie Nelson.
Jeanie White, ‘Desperado’, The Eagles.
Russ Williams, ‘Soledad’, Montes
Paul Robertson, ‘La Catedral – Religioso’, Augustin Barrios Mangore.
Group Song, ‘Cripple Creek’, traditional folk song.
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, Gershwin.
Remy Abeyta, ‘America the Beautiful’, Katherine Lee Bates.
Kristy Johnson, ‘July’, Noah Cyrus.
Justin Johnson, ‘Like You’, original
Kevin Calcote, ‘Sunshine On My Shoulders’, John Denver.
Also joining us were Julie Calcote and the Johnson children.
Photo credits go to Rich Ryan, Nancy McKenzie, and yours truly. And believe me, I was happy to have some photos to include this month!
We Zoomed once again for our June meeting, but it really gave us a run for our money this time. Melinda B. once again played host, but the website wasn’t behaving so we got off to a late start. My best guess is that people saw this as a cancellation of the meeting, as attendance was low with only eight participants.
The added confusion this month was it was dropping the connection for participants, who would then either give up, or switch to another device. Plus there is the basic problem that Zoom is designed for voice only; music out of that frequency range is considered noise and eliminated, so even the best connection for a performance is full of audio holes, frequency clipping, or total blackouts.
Rich had his cue cards, shouting encouragement, sometimes upside down sometimes backwards but enjoyable all the same. Ernie told us all about St. George, Utah, where he and Melinda were visiting their son and his family. Steve showed us his favorite t-shirt, both front and back, from the 19th annual Country Bluegrass Show in North Platte. We also had a guest appearance by Little Red Riding Hood herself, and we thank her for the video.
It has been suggested that perhaps for our next meeting, we get together in a park somewhere. We can practice social distancing, wear our masks when it isn’t our turn, and perhaps have a better outcome. Worth a try, yes? We’ll see what develops.
Playlist for June 2020
Nancy McKenzie/Keith Blaney, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.
Rich Ryan, ‘Morning Has Broken’, Cat Stevens.
Ed Heffern, ‘Cremation of Sam Magee’, poem by Robert Cervis, to the tune of ‘Star of the County Down, assembled by Ed hisself.
Gary Krause, ‘Smile a Little Smile For Me’, Tony McCally/ Jeff Stevens of The Sound Machine.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Blue Knight’, Kirk Magee.
Nancy and Keith, ‘Red Haired Boy’, Francis O’Neill.
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Green Acres’, Vic Mizzy, and ‘Beverly Hillbillies’, Flatt and Scruggs, done acappella.
Nancy and Keith, ‘Wayfarin’ Stranger’, folk tune.
Rich Ryan, ‘These Days’, Dan Fogelberg.
Ben & Margene Zavorka, ‘My Starbucks Song’, original.
Ed Heffern, ‘De Colores’, folk tune.
Steve Gilmore, ‘East Virginia Blues’, traditional.
Gary Krause, ‘Back to Work’, original.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Colleen Malone’, Pete Goebels.
Rich Ryan, ‘Drift Away’, Mentor Williams.
Also attending were Rick Memmel and Melinda Brazzale.
We were Zooming again in May, with the Covid lockdown still in place, thanks to Melinda Brazzale hosting us on her account. Some of us struggle with technology, while some of us eat it up. Turns out I am one of the former types. I joined the meeting as the Invisible Man (no video) then about twenty seconds into my first offering, my feed went quite dead and bounced me out all together. I felt like a contestant on the Gong Show. Luckily, Rick picked up the ball, and the rest of the meeting was well documented. Also, we had more photos than usual, from many sources, which is pretty cool.
We also had a guest from back east (New York maybe), Rick’s brother Ray Memmel. Twins run in this family, and while this isn’t a recent photo, it’s a good one all the same…
Ernie tried to send us over to Facebook for a tune, but some of us non-technical types were afraid we’d get lost in cyberspace and wouldn’t be able to get back. I think his backing track was a big band from the 50’s.
Russ and Steve joined the meeting from the same location; they had been goofing off that day, getting their flies wet.
Rick was running the meeting, and took a break between ‘laps’ for a chat session. I heard that didn’t exactly go to plan, but I was long gone by then so it’s just hearsay… The other fun thing to mention is Rich’s audience comment cards. While one person is performing, it’s best that everyone else mute their audio feed. So instead of applause, Rich has made an assortment of cards; sometimes he even gets them right side up!
Playlist for May 2020
Before I get rolling on this, let’s take a minute to thank Rick for the work he put into it. We’re lucky to get just the song title from the performers, but you’ll see the info presented is very complete this month. That took some serious effort on Rick’s part. Thanks buddy!
Nancy McKenzie started us off with ‘In the Pines’, a traditional tune.
Gary Krause, ‘Is It Wise’, an original tune.
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Sleepy Time Down South’, Clarence Muse, Otis Rene, Leon Rene (1930)
Tom Fuller, ‘Kansas City Blues’, by Ernest Tubb.
Jeanie White, ‘Oh Virus Leave Us Be’, parody of ‘Blues Stay Away From Me’, by Don Gibson
Ed Heffern, ‘Born Under a Wandering Star’, Lerner and Lowe, from Paint Your Wagon, sung by Lee Marvin
Ken Frederick, ‘Strawberry Moon’, original
Edith Cook, ‘Aria of Orpheus’, C.W. Gluck
Rich Ryan, ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Alright’, Bob Marley
Keith Blaney, ‘Wayfaring Stranger’, Isaac Niswander (1858)
Rick Memmel, ‘Honey Don’t’, The Beatles
Russ Williams, ‘Minuet in A’, Agustin Barrios
Steve Gilmore, ‘Good Morning, Mr. Time Clock’, Peter Rowan.
Nancy McKenzie, ‘Beneath the Willows’, Bradley Kincaid
For the record, let’s talk about the circumstances that lead to this rather unique meeting that took place on April 7th. This country, as well as the rest of the world, is trying to cope with a pandemic caused by the coronavirus, or COVID19. The rule of the day is to avoid contact with your fellow humans as much as possible. Just about everything is shut down while we all isolate ourselves from one another. The library shut down a couple weeks ago, and of course, has cancelled all meetings at least through May.
Not to name names, but our mandolin player (of questionable height and character) suggested we might be able to meet online. Nancy (oops, it slipped out anyway) wasn’t sure how to do it, so I put the question to our general membership when notifying them of the physical meeting’s cancellation. Up stepped Melinda Brazzale, offering to host the meeting on her Zoom account. We held the meeting on our normal first Tuesday at the normal time. Ironically, we finished exactly at the same time the library would have been throwing us out, at 8:50pm!
So what happened in between, you ask? Let the lies begin! I’ve gotta tell ya, I’m really pleased about this golden opportunity to gasbag about some new material, too. It took us a bit to get used to the format, some of us never quite got there, either… We had folks show up from Wheatland to Denver, tho’ it did take Martin a little longer to get here, Denver being so far and all. We made him play an extra song as punishment, which delighted everybody.
As for Zoom, it left a lot to be desired as a music platform. Mind you, this is coming from a man whose VCR would still be blinking 12:00 if I had a VCR, but the whole thing seemed rather primative for this day and age. The video lagged, and the audio was horrid. It is designed for meetings, for speech; anything else it deems as noise and tries to eliminate it. So the sound was clipped, high notes were missing completely. A couple of the people sounded like a weak radio station fading in and out. In other words, they have much room for improvement, to say the least.
In the plus column, we had 17 participants. Some of us took advantage of not having to haul heavy equipment. We had tunes by Ernie on an 1860’s pump organ, Ed did a couple on his keyboard, and yours truly dragged out a bass guitar and ran it through a homemade amp. Also joining us was Kenneth Thompson, from Ft. Collins. He presides over the FoCo guitar group, and said he thinks he’ll give this a go for his cohorts. Good luck, Kenneth, and you’re welcome back any time!
We also learned a bit more about our president, Rich Ryan, also known as GalaxyNote8. His alter-ego showed up as well, The Green Fone Icon. Unlike Superman and Clark Kent, both of Rich’s identities were at the meeting at the same time. It appears GFI’s super power was stealing the spotlight at random throughout the meeting . Pretty scary stuff, Mr. Whoever You Are.
Welcome also to Jackie Smith, Steve Borin, Nancy McKenzie, Ben and Margene Zavorka (aka 13076) and of course, Melinda. Thank you so much for inviting us into your cyberspace.
Playlist for April 2020
Note: Wherever you see (?) means the information was not provided, was not heard properly, or a best guess at what belongs there. Participants are encouraged to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to erase those Q’s with the correct information.
Justin Johnson started us out with an original tune, ‘No One’ (?)
Ed Heffern (on keyboard), ‘I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover, by (?)
Keith Blaney (on bass) ‘Sunny’, by Bobby Hebb.
Ken Frederick, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, George Harrison.
Russ Williams, ‘Maria Maro’, Antonio Maso
Steve Gilmore, ‘The Village Road’, Matt Flinner
Ernie Brazzale (on pump organ) ‘Quarantine’, a parody of ‘Misty’.
Edith Cook, ‘Minuet in C’, Fernando Saur.
Rich Ryan, ‘Never Going Back Again’ (?) Lindsay Buckingham (?) Rich, our man of mystery…
Martin Gilmore, ‘Something he Wrote in Egypt’ (?), original.
Rick Memmel (on ukelele) ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow, (?)
Justin Johnson, ‘Cover Me Up’, Jason Ismal
Ed Heffern (on keyboard) ‘Your Song’, Elton John
Keith Blaney, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, Fats Waller
Ken Frederick, ‘Blackbird’, Paul McCartney
Russ Williams, ‘Soladad’, Alfonzo Montez
Steve Gilmore, ‘Irish Fiddle Tune’ (?) traditional (?)
Ernie Brazzale (on pump organ) (?) by (?)
Edith Cook, ‘Spanish Folk Song’ (?) traditional (?)
Rich Ryan, ‘COVID ONE NINE’ a parody of ‘Sweet Caroline’ by Neil Diamond. new words by GalaxyNote8.
Martin Gilmore, ‘Teenage Lover’ (?) by John Prine, who sadly passed away today from the virus.
Martin Gilmore, completing his penalty lap, with ‘Any Old Time’ (?) by Jimmy Rodgers.
Then Ernie played us out on the pump organ as we exited the meeting.
It was during the summer before starting my first year of high school. I had worked hard bucking bales ($1 an hour wages in those days) and had earned a little money. I shopped around and settled on what I could afford, a $13 Stella guitar. I purchased it at, of all places, a furniture store in downtown Fort Collins.
At home, I did my best to try to play but it probably wasn’t even in tune. One evening, we had invited a Mexican migrant worker who was here without his family to share supper with us. After suppertime, he saw ‘Stella’ sitting there and asked if he could play it. First, he showed me how to tune it, then showed me how to play a C chord and a G7th (have always been grateful for that). Then he played a few songs and some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever heard started flowing from that cheap Stella guitar.
In the following days I tirelessly played those two chords over and over again. I didn’t own a guitar pick, so I improvised. I would break a few teeth off hair combs searching for just the right ‘gauge’. A properly selected hair comb tooth provided a surprisingly good sound on the guitar strings. My mom wondered why the hair combs all suddenly started missing teeth…
I quickly outgrew that Stella guitar, it had a very high action and was rough on my tender fingers. A nearby friend had a guitar for sale. His folks had bought it for him but he had lost interest, offered to sell and I bought it for $10!
It was a beginner’s guitar with numbers imprinted on the fretboard and had slightly improved playability over the Stella. While many other guitars would follow during my lifetime, that Stella guitar will always remain in my memory.
March is tricky. Coming in like a lion and going out like a, mmmm, different lion, like it does here in Wyo, with a Friday the 13th thrown in for good measure, it’s not easy to navigate. Worst still, that first Tuesday cropped up so fast it caught many of us off guard. Our turnout reflected this tumultuous month. Welcome to Peter Inells and Chris Smith, who joined us for a listen this month.
Reports were the Valentine’s Day Dinner/Concert went well, and Steve had a solo gig up in Chugwater. If your time machine isn’t in the shop, you can still catch that on the 7th.
No scheduled group song, per se, but Keith invited all to join in and sing like Ringo on ‘Little Help From My Friends’.
Thanks to Rich Ryan for providing most of the photos used this month.
Playlist for March 2020
Brady Lyles, ‘Bird’s Eye View’, an original tune.
Remy Abeyta, ‘Good Time Charlie’s Got the Blues’, Danny O’Keefe
Mike Clark, ‘Imagine’, John Lennon
Steve Gilmore, ‘Traveling Blues’, Lefty Frizzel
Gary Krause, ‘Angels’, original
Jeannie White, ‘Spinning Wheel’, Blood Sweat and Tears
Keith Blaney, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’, Randy Newman
Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, traditional folk tune.
Earl Janack, ‘Ironing Board Blues’, From the Waltons
Avery Janack, ‘Black’, Pearl Jam
Rich Ryan, ‘More Than Words’, Extreme
Ken Frederick, ‘Yesterday’, Lennon/McCartney
Brady Lyles, ‘Ocean Lover’, original
Remy Abeyta, ‘Gotta Travel On’, Billly Grammer
Mike Clark, ‘This Ol’ Guitar’, John Denver
Gary Krause, ‘Together’, original
Jeanie White, ‘Someday Soon’, Ian Tyson
Rick Memmel, Jeanie and Keith, ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’, Lennon/McCartney
Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, traditional folk tune.
Steve Gilmore, ‘Colleen Malone’, Pete Gohles
Earl Janack, ‘London Calling’, The Clash
Avery Janack, ‘Wolf Like Me’, TV on the Radio
Rich Ryan, ‘Queen of Corona (virus), Paul Simon mostly…
Ken Frederick, ‘Things We Said Today’, Lennon/McCartney
Mike Clark, ‘Windy and Warm’, John Loudermilk
Steve Gilmore, ‘Down at Milo’s House’, Norman Blake
Remy Abeyta, ‘Roadhouse Boogie’, Duane Eddy
Jeanie White, ‘Tomorrow’, Bob Dylan
Keith Blaney, ‘Little Help From My Friends’, Lennon/McCartney
Earl Janack, ‘Mind Your Own Business’, Hank Williams
Avery Janack, ‘Boy From School’, Hot Chip
April’s meeting doesn’t pop up until the 7th, so it shouldn’t leave the station without us next month. See you there!
It’s not every day I get to write about the February Guitar Society meeting; now I just have to think of something to say…
Earl managed to get us an upgrade. We were slated for the library’s Willow Room, but ended up in the much larger Cottonwood Room next door. Thanks Earl! Attendance was light, with only about a dozen attendees. It was only 3* when I arrived, and -3* when I left, so weather may have been a factor. Marvin came in from Carpenter and Paul came down from Wheatland, so we had a few souls brave the weather.
With the small group, we were able to make it around three times. While there wasn’t an official group song, Keith did invite everyone to sing and play along with Otis Redding’s ‘Dock of the Bay’.
Along with Keith and Otis, Ernie had us singing and scattin’ along with Cab Calloway’s ‘Minnie the Moocher’. Hydee hydee hydee hay!!!
Playlist for February 2020
Rick Memmel, Keith and Jeanie started us with ‘Big Rock Candy Mountain’ by Woodie Guthrie
Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, traditional folk tune.
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Minnie the Moocher’, Cab Calloway
Steve Gilmore, ‘Watch What Happens’, Tony Mattola
Ed Heffern, ‘Goin’ Down to the Depot Station’, original
Justin Johnson, ‘Great’, original
Ken Frederick, ‘Mixed Emotions’, original
Paul Robertson, ‘Corcovado’ (Quiet Nights), Jobim
Avery Janack, ‘I Will Dare’, The Replacements
Earl Janack, ‘ Lovesick Blues’, Hank Williams
Jeanie White, ‘Baby I’m Yours’, Barbara Lewis
Keith Blaney, ‘The Water is Wide’, traditional
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Fly Me to the Moon’, Bart Howard
Steve Gilmore, ‘Ain’t Gonna Happen’, Kenny Cornell
Ed Heffern, ‘Right Here’, original
Justin Johnson, ‘Murderer of Blue Skies’, Chris Cornell
Ken Frederick, ‘Holiday #19’, original
Paul Robertson, ‘ Dia de los Pinos’, Torroba
Earl Janack, ‘In America’, original
Jeanie White, ‘Ruby Tuesday’, K. Richards/B. Jones
Keith Blaney, ‘Dock of the Bay’, Otis Redding
Ernie Brazzale, ‘This Masquerade’, Leon Russell
Ed Heffern, ‘The Wind’, Cat Stevens
Ken Frederick, ‘March Bob’, original
Justin Johnson, ‘Chaos & Clothes’, Jason Isbell
Paul Robertson, ‘Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Me’ Dorothy Thrupp
Avery Janack, ‘Feel Good Inc.’ Gorrillaz
Earl Janack, ‘Mansion on the Hill’, Hank Williams.
You know that saying, ‘Sometimes big things come in small packages’? We were just the opposite, with only eleven people in the Library’s Cottonwood Room. Well, make that twelve, when Ernie showed up just in time to play us out.
Welcome to Crys Moore and Stevy Rae Luca who came for a listen. Paul Robertson drove down from Wheatland with his classical guitar. Some of us would like to thank Paul for waiting a few years before joining us. Had he been there in the beginning, they never would have invited us steel string players to join the party. Listening to Paul play is what I guess the original (classical) players were going for in the first place.
Our group song was Chris Christopherson’s ‘Bobbie Magee’, with a key change in it, no less. Most of us did ok with it. We also voted in the officers and board for 2020. It’ll be a small group this year.
It’s time to get your tickets for the Valentine’s soiree if you haven’t yet. February 14th, Little America, starts at 6pm for hors d’oeuvres, performance by last year’s GFA winner at 7, and plated dinner at 8. There are two words there I spell so poorly I keep them on a cheat sheet. Can’t look up what you can’t spell, and auto correct is just confused by my attempts. Just sayin’.
Playlist January 2020
Earl Janack started us off with ‘Wild Blue Eyes’, a traditional folk tune.
Roland Peterson, ‘Opus 139 #5’, Guiliani
Steve Gilmore, ‘Gentle Annie’, by Steven Foster
Justin Johnson, ‘Time In A Bottle’, Jim Croce
Keith Blaney, ‘Confused’, original
Rich Ryan, ‘Wichita Lineman’, Jimmy Webb
Paul Robertson, ‘Squares Suspended’, Andrew York
Earl Janack, ‘Deportee’, Woodie Guthrie
Roland Peterson, ‘Opus 60 #7’, Carcassi
Steve Gilmore, ‘Young Jane’, traditional fiddle tune
Justin Johnson, ‘SRV Style Blues’ unknown
Keith Blaney, ‘My Road’, original
Group song, ‘Bobbie Magee’, Chris Christopherson.
Rich Ryan, ‘Hark the Herald Angels’, jazzy version
Paul Robertson, ‘Ode to Joy’, Ludwig Von Beethoven, arrangement by Paul
Earl Janack, ‘Wildwood Flower’, the Carter Family
Steve Gilmore, ‘Doc’s Guitar’, Doc Watson
Justin Johnson, ‘Friend of the Devil’, Greatful Dead
Keith Blaney, ‘I Will’, Lennon/McCartney
Rich Ryan, ‘Sister Golden Hair’, America
Paul Robertson, ‘Carol of the Bells/What Child is This?’ medley.
Earl Janack, ‘I’m In The Place I Am’, original
Justin Johnson, ‘Sittin’ Here’, original
Keith Blaney, ‘Crazy Love’, Van Morrison
Ernie Brazzale, ‘You Belong to Me’. I might be wrong about this as well, as we had already packed up and Ernie didn’t have a chance to write his tune down.
Also joining us were Stevy Rae Luca, Rick Memmel, Crys Moore, and Nancy McKenzie.
We had a fairly modest turnout of about 20 folks for our December meeting in the library’s Cottonwood Room. We invited everyone to bring treats, and there were nearly as many platters of goodies as there were players! So many, in fact, we had to take an official snack break, along with casual grazing as the meeting progressed.
Tom Fuller has joined us a few times before, but this was the first time he broke out his guitar. Nice job, Tom!
Russ sang two for us, which is always a treat. Some gals showed up early during our second lap, so we waited until they stuffed their faces full of cookies before we asked them who the were. Welcome to Sue Frerich and their neighbor Char Nolan.
The group song was a bit different this month, brought to us by Edith. She enlisted the help of Carol Bowles, Gary Krause, and Ernie to sing it a few times a cappella, then taught it to the rest of us.
Here’s wishing you and yours a most joyous and blessed Christmas season. See you all again, with perfect clarity, in 2020.
December 2019 Playlist
Lots of guests tonight, so just to mix things up a bit that’s where I’ll start. Floyd Turner, Barb Williams, Kathy Memmel, Sue Frerich, and Char Nolan all joined in the festivities, and many brought treats! Thank you!
Russ started us out with ‘Blott en Dag’ by Oscar Ahnfelt.
Tom Fuller, ‘Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home’, by Hughie Cannon.
Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, traditional folksong.
Ed and Judy Heffern with Rick Memmel, ‘Christmas Dinner’ by Paul Stookey.
Ken Frederick, ‘Pearl Harbor Day’, original
Keith Blaney, ‘The Christmas Song’, Mel Torme.
Earl Janack, ‘Do You Hear What I Hear?’, lyrics by N. Regney, music by G. Shayne.
Roland Peterson, ‘Study in A’, by Giuliania
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Please Come Home For Christmas’, Charles Brown.
Remy Abeyta, ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’, Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane
Edith Cook, Carol Bowles, and Gary Krause brought us the group song ‘Dona Nobis Pacem’, anonymous
Russ Williams, ‘Auld Lang Syne’ , traditional
Tom Fuller, ‘Sloop John B.’, Bahamian folk song.
Ken Frederick, ‘Chut Hut’, original
Ed Heffern and Rick Memmel, ‘Little Saint Nick’, Beach Boys.
Keith Blaney, Rick Memmel, Nancy McKenzie, ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’, Johny Marks.
Earl Janack, ‘Winter Solstice’, original
Keith Blaney, ‘Merry Christmas From the Family’, Robert Earl Keene.
Roland Peterson, ‘Opus 50 No. 3’, Carcassi.
Remy Abeyta, ‘The Little Drummer Boy’, Katherine Davis.
Carol Bowles, Edith Cook, Gary Krause, and Ed Heffern, ‘Silent Night/ Night of Silence’, Daniel Kantor
Russ Williams, ‘Mary’s Boy Child’, Jester Hairston.
Marvin Frerich, ‘Jamaican Farewell’, Jamaican folk song.
Ken Frederick, ‘So Beautiful’, original
Rick Memmel & Ed Heffern, ‘Feliz Navidad’, Jose Feliciano.
Earl Janack, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth’, Don Gardner
Remy Abeyta, ‘Jingle Bells’, James Lord Pierpont.
January is just around the corner! Time to renew your membership for the princely sum of $25. Such a good deal! While it is not a requirement for monthly attendance, it does support our status as a real group, which we must do from time to time. It also earns you discounts for our special events. It also entitles you to vote, which coincidently, is the next topic.
We will be voting for a new slate of officers as soon as possible in the new year, hopefully in January (but things do happen). Perhaps it will be February, which brings us to our next topic. See how I’m segue’n from one thing to the next? Notice I don’t really know how to work with the word ‘segue’?
February will be our annual Valentine’s dinner/concert on the 14th. Pester Russ about it in January if you would like to attend. There are not many seats left. There will also be a master class. Trust me, you don’t have to play classical guitar to learn enough to make your brain hurt for a couple days. $10 to monitor, again pester Dr. Williams for details.