Band practice, December 10, 2017

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More fun in the basement. Rahul rockin’ the Crocs.

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…and Norm the blue socks.

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Deep thought.

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Enter the cat burglar.

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A productive session, working on harmonies.

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December 9th, 2017, Gojjo open mic

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Chris and Norm played “Sentimental Reasons” (“Deeks” Watson) tonight.

…and then Chris covered “This Guy’s In Love With You”.

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Then Chris did Burt Bacharach & Hal David’s “This Guy’s in Love With You”.

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And Norm finished with a freshly-composed original.

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Meetup

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Photo credit: Dave Haynie

Heading to Jerry’s Meetup gang tomorrow to sing to the screen and play a couple of open mic tunes. Not sure just what just yet, but mulling over the following:

Tiger Mountain Peasant Song (Fleet Foxes)

Another Day At the Zoo (original)

Goodbye (Paul McCartney)

Saltwater (Julian Lennon)

She Goes On (Crowded House)

Rising Sun (George Harrison)

If (Pink Floyd)

Goodbye Girl (David Gates)

Then She Appeared (XTC)

The Look of Love (Burt Bacharach)

This Guy’s in Love With You (Burt Bacharach)

Isn’t It a Pity (George Harrison)

Sentimental Reasons (Ivory “Deek” Watson)

The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern)

The Listening Room open mic, Thursday, December 7th, 7pm.

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Dreaming Chris warbled three of his songs (Save Me, Breakdown, and Goodbye) this evening with the other open mic’ers at Germantown Espresso Bar‘s upstairs Listening Room. Lots of talented folk, including Tacos, Savages, 20 Faces, Drunk Poets and Non-drunk Poets and Rappers, a Sunflower, and other entities. A cozy, welcoming atmosphere.

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The Listening Room has a PA, a house guitar, a piano, mics, and a guitar amp. And it is a room. Seats about 20, maybe, and is run by the friendly guys who own the café.

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Proof of presence, although these days, who knows for sure.

Grape Room open mic, December 4th, 8pm.

Return From the Grape Room

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Norm & Chris return from the Grape Room. The above image was not at all Photoshopped by copying and pasting the Grape Room logo onto the sign outside because the lighting wasn’t working for us…don’t even imagine we would do something like that.

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We played our tunes “Rawr”, “Save Me”, and “Breakdown”, and we listened to Palatine the host’s amazing tenor voice, traded buttons with husband and wife duo “Jamie & the Guarded Heart”, listened to a banjo-playing drummer, and finally, a tech-savvy rapper before calling it a night after a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon each.

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Dreaming Chris, swept up in the excitement of being called onstage, forgot to press the record button on the iPhone to capture video, but Norm sagely recorded audio:.

We showed up, did our bit, stayed a bit longer, and now have another feather in the dreaming cap. Catch Chris on Thursday at the Listening Room open mic.

 

Headhouse Open Mic, December 2nd, 2017.

Welcome, Ricky, drummer and culinary artist extraordinaire, to the band! He debuted in style on cajon at tonight’s Headhouse open mic, hosted by Chris, with our buddies from the Musical Achievers out in full force. Fearless Leader Jerry joined us again with his impressive bass and vocal pipes skills for a couple of songs.  It was an eclectic, open mic variety selection of talented performers, including some folks we had the pleasure of meeting that very evening.

Things got off to an interesting start, with an attempted car theft, a successful car theft the night before, and parking tribulations. Ah, the wonders of Center City.

Many thanks to our musical friends for joining us tonight, and making the merry.

Norm’s “Rawr”. We also played “Save Me” and “Sister Golden Hair” to start things up. *video credit: Tracey Ellenbogen. Still images: Marie Huard.

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IMG_5943 copy.JPGJerry joins in for the Night Sweats’ “S.O.B.”

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VW Days.

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The only known photograph of the VW bus from the old days, sometime last century: a 1976, 2000cc fuel-injected, gold-painted VW bus with a platform conversion in the back for sleeping and loading equipment. It traveled from Portland, Oregon to Vancouver, B.C., and through the Rocky Mountains down to Durango, Colorado. Dreaming of hitting the road again someday with a similar, 4-wheeled companion…