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.