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 Gretsch 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.