What a turnout! There were about 30 people altogether, with 24 people toting guitars. Welcome to Dameon Noland (pictured above), Mike Bennett, Ben Zavorka, and Kristy Johnson. There were several others in attendance that did not get (or take) a crack at the signup sheet, HOWDEE to y’all as well!
T’was a very diverse and talented bunch, and the meeting moved right along. Kristy teamed up with Justin, adding lovely harmonies to Dolly Parton’s ‘Wildflowers’. Avery Janack was on fire, singing and playing tunes by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink Floyd. Lots of folks offered sing or play-alongs, so it was a very lively meeting.
We had a group song, of sorts… Joe Larson brought us an 8 bar piece he worked up in class, with different parts written in tablature. We tried, honest, but it wasn’t pretty. It was however, an interesting diversion from the norm.
Also in attendance were Floyd Turner, Bill Bailey, Bob Fontaine, the aforementioned Mr. Zavorka, and some mystery guests.
Playlist for May 2019
Rich Ryan started us out with ‘Working at the Carwash Blues’ by Jim Croce
David Norby ‘Your Mother Should Know’, Lennon/McCartney
Ed Heffern, ‘Sweet Baby James’, James Taylor
Joshua Phillips, ‘Breaking the Girl’, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Ernie Brazzale, ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, the Gershwin Brothers.
Remy Abeyta, ‘Snowbird’, Gene Maulelland
Dameon Noland, ‘Just a Riff I Came Up With’, original
Avery Janack, ‘This Velvet Glove’, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Earl Janack, ‘ It’s Us Bein’ We’, original
Roland Peterson, ‘Mazurca Choro’, Villa-Lobos
Steve Gilmore, ‘This is the Girl I Love’, Pete Gobles
Mike Bennett, ‘Country Roads’, John Denver
Jeanie White, ‘Once in a Blue Moon’, Nancy Griffith
Nancy McKenzie (with Jeanie and Keith) ‘Paul and Peter Walked’, Claire Lynch
Keith Blaney, ‘Hot Air Balloon’, original
Justin and Kristy Johnson, ‘Wildflowers’, Dolly Parton
Marvin Frerich, ‘Leavin’ on a Jet Plane’, John Denver
Edith Cook, ‘La Rossiguol’, anonymous
Gary Krause, ‘The Water Is Wide’, Jean Paul Cabrieres
Rich Ryan, ‘Mrs. Robinson’, Paul Simon
David Norby, ‘From This Valley’, The Civil Wars
Ed Heffern, ‘Star of the County Down’, traditional
Joshua Phillips, ‘Wish You Were Here’, Pink Floyd
Remy Abeyta, ‘Since I Don’t Have You’, Jackie Taylor
Ernie Brazzale, ‘This Masquerade’, Leon Russell
Joe Larson, ‘Bosler’, Jalan Crossland
Dameon Noland, ‘Loose Noose’, original
Avery Janack, ‘Time’, Pink Floyd
Laramie County Library Music Contest.
We heard from Robin at the library, and the game is changing a bit. The big news is they are adding a fourth category, called ‘Other Stringed Instruments’ (but not piano) So if you play ukulele, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, etc, you too can take a crack at the $1000 first prize.
The other change is the second and third place prize money for each category has been raised by a couple hundred dollars each, to $700 and $500. The contest isn’t until August, so details will follow, but you might want to start dusting off your best lute tunes.