Fall Concerts: Seattle, Lopez Island & Decatur Island

It looks like we’re going to have a busy October!

We get to play a house concert on Thursday October 3rd in Seattle, up near the zoo, at our friends Karen & Dick Seymour’s house. RSVP to me. Karen is busy this month with her glass art, which is spectacular!  www.seymourstainedglass.com.  I can’t remember the last time we played a Seattle concert; I think it’s been a while. Lots of new songs, and if we miss an old one you like, just ask. We’d love to see you there!

And just a few days later, we’ll be headed for Lopez Island in the San Juans. Kay & George Keeler are hosting us.

We will be leading a free sing-along for the Lopez weekly Wednesday Senior Luncheon on October 9th. Zeke and I have been running through songs dating from about 1800 through the 1940s, revisiting our favorites and thinking about which are easiest to sing along with.

The next evening, Thursday October 10, we’re playing a full-fledged concert at the Center Church. Songs and instrumentals. Traditional, Contemporary and Original Folk. I’m planning to take the Twangoleum along. We are having a good time thinking of what songs we should definitely sing. Like Zeke’s Noah’s Rabbits song, because the bunnies in that song originally came from the San Juan Islands back in the 1940s.

It’s still up in the air, but we might get to teach a workshop on Ergonomics For Musicians the next day. That’s one of my passions! How to play an F Chord Without Pain for the guitarists. How to practice for less time and still learn more. Sustainable musicianship.

We’ll go back to the islands in mid-November for a visit to the tiny Decatur Island school. The school kids from Shaw will be joining us. Last year we got to go out for Pi Day on March 14 because it’s 3.14. For the mathematicians among you, we toasted Euclid at 1:59 PM. Our host teacher, Joann Wester, had made pies with the kids the day before (weights, measures, kitchen chemistry, life skills). Along with the Shaw kids, teachers, parents and pies – real science ensued. A bunch of interesting round objects and string to measure with, ratios, and discussions of what to do next when results aren’t what you expect. And we offered Zeke’s Pi Day song, and a bunch of traditional American PlayParties for adults and children together. I can’t wait to play with all of them again!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU2SpHgXZYs

We’re planning a trip to Oregon in March, and would love to play house concerts along the way if anyone would like to host. We may go all the way to Eugene!

Impromtu Birthday Concert In Bellingham

FL!P’S BIRTHDAY CONCERT

Tuesday August 27, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

Elizabeth Park Gazebo, Bellingham WA

I’m turning 69 on Tuesday. I used to throw a birthday concert every year for decades, until I got too caught up in caring for family members five years ago. I decided this morning that it could be fun to throw an impromptu mini-concert at the gazebo, and give myself the gift of friends and neighbors to sing with.  If there are enough of us, I’d love to lead a few Traditional American Playparties (simple singing and motion games). No PA, just everyone’s voices together. No seating unless you bring your own. Probably even no cake unless someone else shows up with one. No set up, no expenses, no logistics, no prep except running through some songs with Zeke today. But great sing-along songs, old and brand new. If nobody shows up, Zeke and I will sit around and sing with each other for half an hour or so, so no obligation either. We’ll bring the Celebrated Twangoleum as well as my Columbia guitar. We’ve been invited for dinner at 7:00 so this won’t be a long event. You’re all welcome!

Bad Boy

I learned this song from a Holy Model Rounders album. Peter Stampfel got it from an as-yet-un-named 1950s Girl Group (I’m still researching) and then added a bunch more verses. Carole King clearly heard the same song.  There’s sometimes a period in a young woman’s life when Bad Boys look awfully exciting, though the irresponsibility can wear out pretty quickly. Which can lead to the next song being “The Bald-Headed End Of A Broom.”  Bad Boy is descended from the great blues song Stagger Lee.  Alice Stuart taught me the guitar lick, bless her heart! And Zeke delightedly misbehaves in this recording as only he can. My favorite audience for this song is the little old ladies in senior residences, the ones with the reminiscent smiles… Thanks again to filmmakers Tom & Kelly!

Silliness In Honor Of July 4th

 

Our dear friend Jo Zeimet  created this little snippet of nonsense and oh-so-unwisely shared it with us, to our lasting delight. The song spontaneously erupted during our filming session. Everything really IS a song cue in our lives together!