Saturday, April 15, 2017

Nursing home set list 4/15/2017

Good day today at the nursing home, with five of us there.  Bubba (bass, vocals), me (ukulele, vocals), JoDee (acoustic guitar, vocals), Carrol (electric guitar), and Otis (acoustic guitar, vocals).  We played for a little over two hours.

Pick Me Up On Your Way Down (Bubba)
Angel Band (me)
Can I Have This Dance (JoDee)
Always On Sunday (Carrol, instrumental)
This World is Not My Home (Otis)
Walk Through This World With Me (Bubba)
I Saw the Light (me)
Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed? (JoDee)
Down Yonder (Carrol, instrumental)
Gathering Flowers for the Master's Bouquet (Otis)
Sing Me Back Home (Bubba)
I'll Fly Away (me)
Grandma's Feather Bed (JoDee)
Half As Much (Carrol, instrumental)
Waltz of the Angels (Otis)
Your Cheatin' Heart (Bubba)
Stand By Me (me)
I Love To Think About You (JoDee)
I Love You Because (Carrol, instrumental)
Farther Along (Otis)
I'll Be There Before the Next Teardrop Falls (Bubba)
Act Naturally (me)
What's the Matter With the Mill? (JoDee)
Harbor Lights (Carrol, instrumental)
I'll See You in the Morning (Otis)
Silver Wings (Bubba)
Goodnight Irene (me)
Tennessee Waltz (JoDee)
Spanish Eyes (Carrol, instrumental)
The Old Rugged Cross (Otis)
Make the World Go Away (Bubba)

I did a few that I hadn't done in a long time, and as usual, "Goodnight Irene" was a big hit with everyone there.  We had lots of fun!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Just a weekend update

Yesterday was an interesting day.  I had to work, but I finished early so I headed to the nursing home for the weekend gig.  I usually just go straight home after working, but I knew that some people were going to be missing from the group and there were going to be only two singers, so I went to fill out the band.

There were only four of us there, myself on vocals and ukulele, Bubba on electric guitar and vocals, Otis on acoustic guitar and vocals, and Dusty on keyboard.  So the turnaround was pretty fast with only three of us singing.  Dusty actually did a few instrumentals on his piano that were good.  Unfortunately, something didn't work right with my phone app and although it appeared to work correctly, it didn't actually save the file that I recorded, so I can't go through the whole list.

But I played a few songs that I don't normally play there, which was fun.  We all had to kind of dig deep into our repertoires to fill out the two hours or so that we played.  And now that I know Dusty can play "La Bamba" on his piano, I think I'll try to learn the words.

And this week, we are doing cowboy songs at Seasons of the Ukulele!  This is one of my favorite genres, and I have already covered many cowboy songs that fit into the themes of various past Seasons.  Come and join the fun!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Nursing home set list 04/01/2017

We had a good time today with eight people in the band.  Carrol (lead electric guitar), JoDee (acoustic guitar, vocals), Otis (acoustic guitar, vocals), Don (electric bass), Mac (fiddle), Dusty (keyboards), Bubba (electric guitar, vocals), and myself (vocals and today tenor banjolele).  I took both my banjolele and a conventional tenor uke but played the banjo uke for everything.  We played for about 2 1/2 hours.  When Bubba is there, he always opens and closes the gig with the same songs.

Pick Me Up On Your Way Down (Bubba)
Peel Me a Nanner (me)
All of Me (JoDee)
Westphalia Waltz (Mac, instrumental)
Branded Man (Bubba)
Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow (me)
You're Still On My Mind (JoDee)
Double Eagle (Carrol, instrumental)
Unclouded Day (Otis)
Darling Nellie Gray (Mac, instrumental)
Your Cheatin' Heart (Bubba)
The Old Country Church (me)
You Don't Have To Be a Baby To Cry (JoDee)
Harbor Lights (Carrol, instrumental)
Truck Drivin' Man (Otis)
Fraulein (Mac, instrumental)
I'll Fly Away (me)
Waltz Across Texas (Bubba)
I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter (JoDee)
Right Or Wrong (Carrol, instrumental)
Just a Closer Walk With Thee (Otis)
San Antonio Rose (Mac, instrumental)
City Lights (Bubba)
Build Me a Cabin in Gloryland (me)
My Darling Clementine (JoDee)
Down Yonder (Carrol, instrumental)
I'll See You in the Morning (Otis)
Bonaparte's Retreat (Mac, instrumental)
Silver Wings (Bubba)
Kneel at the Cross (Otis)
Make the World Go Away (Bubba)

This was the first time I had sung both "Nanner" and "Weeping Willow" and they both went over very well.  I'll probably be doing them in my regular rotation from now on.

I plan on trying to work more songs by the Carter Family into the stuff I do.  I also hope to write a very simple three-chord country song to do there that doesn't have anything unexpected in it so everyone can learn it easily.  I have written a number of songs but I don't consider any of them suitable for this situation.

Next week I will have to work, but if I can finish early enough I think I will try to stop by and join in, because there is only going to be a skeleton crew next week and they will need all the help they can get.

Today was a good day!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Set list 3/18/2017

I played at our local nursing home today, first time in a month.  Unfortunately, the recording app on my phone decided to set itself to storing the file in the internal memory instead of on the SD card the way I had it set.  So I got only about an hour of recording before it ran out of space.

There were a lot of people there today.  I got only four turns out of more than 2 hours of playing time.  I also had one magnificent multi-part blooper in which I kept trying to start a song in the wrong key, and it took me 3 tries before I figured out what I was doing wrong.

I won't be able to remember the entire program, but here's what I got:

Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
Victory in Jesus
Harbor Lights (instrumental, guitar lead)
I Can't Stop Loving You* (this is the one I kept screwing up on)
Uncloudy Day
Red River Valley (instrumental, fiddle lead)
Cold,Cold Heart
You Are My Sunshine
The Pillow That You Dream On

And that's all I got.  The other three songs I did were "Cross Your Heart, Not Your Fingers," "The Old Country Church," and "Build Me a Cabin in Gloryland."  The last two were regular songs, the first two were first times.

We had eight people there today:  bass, piano, fiddle, fiddle/percussion, guitar (3), and me on ukulele.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Set list 2/18/2017

I am behind the time on this one!  I just forgot about it.  I won't be doing the gig tomorrow because I have to work, but here is the set from last Saturday.  One of the usual guys wasn't there, and he usually does the same opening and closing songs, so this set was a little different than usual.

This time we had 3 guitars, 1 ukulele, 1 fiddle, 1 sometimes fiddle and sometimes various percussion, and 1 harmonica.  Three of us sang.  One of the fiddle players did an instrumental when it was his turn.  This one went for about 2 hours, 20 minutes.  So here's the list.  Asterisks mean I was the one who picked the song and sang the lead on it.

Five Foot Two*
Four in the Morning
Welcome to My World (instrumental, guitar lead)
Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
Lover's Waltz (instrumental, fiddle lead)
I'll Fly Away
A Fallen Star*
Blue, Blue Day
Double Eagle (instrumental, guitar lead)
Truck Drivin' Man
Ashoken Farewell (instrumental, fiddle lead)
I've Got a Tiger By the Tail
Singin' the Blues*
Across the Alley From the Alamo
Spanish Eyes (instrumental, guitar lead)
Long Black Veil
Saint Ann's Reel (instrumental, fiddle lead)
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Room Full of Roses*
Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On
Down Yonder (instrumental, guitar lead)
(something) Waltz (instrumental, fiddle lead)  I had never heard this one before and can't make out the title on my recording.
Your Cheatin' Heart
I Saw the Light*
Ramshackle Shack
(title unknown) (instrumental, guitar lead)  Missed the title on this one, too.
I'll See You in the Morning
Mansion on the Hill (instrumental, fiddle lead)
Power in the Blood
Miles and Miles of Texas*
The Old Rugged Cross

Another thing was different this time was that the guy who played the fiddle instrumentals had actual sheet music to play from, and since I was unfamiliar with some of the songs he played, I stood behind him and read along on his music so I would be able to hit the changes in the right places.  I haven't done that kind of thing in a while, so it was fun to exercise those muscles again.

And still another thing that was different was that I took my son along so he could video us with my digital camera.  Last week for Seasons of the Ukulele, we were doing songs that we played with friends, so I used several of the songs that I sang lead on for my entries.  I will include them all below.

Once again, I would like to recommend that you play with others.  It will greatly help improve your musicianship and is a lot of fun.

And finally, here is our lead guitar, Carrol Sammons, playing his trademark piece, "Double Eagle."

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Arnett Cobb

I played alto sax in school band beginning in 6th grade. Later in high school I also played bari sax. In college, I played bari in the #1 jazz band and alto in the #2 band. I haven't played sax in years, however, and I'm sure all the necessary muscles are completely out of shape.  It's still my favorite wind instrument.

Arnett Cobb was from Texas, born in Houston.  He died in the same city in 1989.

You may expect to hear more about both Texan musicians and the saxophone on this blog.