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HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

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Jul 10th, 2018 01:11 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, my two brothers and I are going to do just this Thursday. We have played there twice before. No drums, just guitar and bass. And instrument and PA amps.

I wish we lived closer together so we could rehearse more. We will rehearse Thursday morning and play that afternoon.
My niece, who used to work there, spearheaded this shoe thing.

We will do all Beatle songs. Maybe 18-20. Someone said we should do Elvis songs.

Anybody else ever done anything like this?

Tony Wright
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Jul 10th, 2018 09:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

We have done a couple of VA facilities...one a hospital with a large outreach to bring in the homeless for a meal and shelter during the day...(most shelters are night only then kick them out, the VA is the reverse. Second location is called the Old Soldier's Home...seriously, that is the name on the sign. (State veterans affairs office named it.)

We also have done a couple of nursing homes.

We are a two piece, acoustic/electric guitar and my P-Bass thru a small PA, 2 vocal mics.

We do Americana and soft rock stuff.

We have at least 4 Beatles tunes that I recall right now...we have a trilogy of songs that we call "Beatle Grass" as we play them in an up tempo bluegrass tempo and format. In order:

I've Just Seen A Face
You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
She's A Woman.

We barely pause between each song and we get some strange looks, but for the most part, the audience simply nods their heads and tap their toes to the tempo. Some simply laugh thru the songs as if it was a musical joke...and I suppose it kind of IS a musical joke.

And on a few occasions, Mark has called Blackbird. Until recently, I simply laid out and let him play it solo, but it worked adequately last time out.

We do a couple of Rolling Stones tunes, As Tears Go By and You Can't Always Get What You Want. Yep, both of those.

And our set list has a fair number of John Prine, Willis Alan Ramsey, Jimmy Buffet, and we also do a couple of Creedence Clearwater with John Fogerty early years.

We throw in a couple of Woodie Guthrie songs since we do live in his home state.

Throw in some soft rock stuff (Taxi, City of New Orleans, Bo Jangles, Good Time Charlie and more) along with some 60s to 90s country and we are good for about 3 hours.

On occasion we used a cajon percussionist, but right now...just the two of us. We don't get a lot of gigs, but we fool ourselves into believing we are a musical ensemble...yeah, sure...wanna buy some land???

HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

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Jul 12th, 2018 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well, we played the gig. It went over very well. We were well-received at the nursing home.

The two times we played there in 2016, the audience just sort of sat there. Today, they really got into the music. I don't know if the Elvis generation has gone on and been replaced by a Beatles generation or what. But it was a lot more fun this time.

My brother, who more or less spearheaded the gig, had us singing from memory instead of using music stands with the lyrics. And I forgot lyrics a couple of time.

But it was still good.

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Jul 12th, 2018 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

Did you play "When I Was 64"?

;-)


HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

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Jul 13th, 2018 05:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

LOL at littleuch!

I'm the oldest of the three brothers. The youngest of the three turned 65 late last year and announced to the whole crowd that I had turned 70 the day before.

I think the latest Beatle song we did was "Help!" It was all guitar-oriented. No keyboards.

wborys
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Jul 18th, 2018 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

One of the singers from my old group joins me (guitarist) in a ministry I created called 'Home Song'. We visit homebound seniors and sing to/with them in their living rooms. (usually half the time is spent in conversation, which is usually triggered by a remembered song)

Most of our repertoire centers around late 40s and 50's standards, and some broadway classics. (Willie Nelson's Stardust album is sooo good to steal ideas from).

Only a few Beatles' songs sneak it, like 'Till there was you', 'all my loving', 'Here comes the sun' and 'And I love her'. These seem to fit in with the general flow of music and conversation.

we generally try to avoid material like 'Yer Blues', 'I am the walrus' and 'Why don't we do it in the road..."


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Jul 19th, 2018 02:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Been asked to fill in on bass with a band

The first two "gigs" are nursing homes.

There are a few Beatles songs in the repertoire.

Hope to have the same response as you.

HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

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Jul 19th, 2018 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Wishing you well, windmill.

Wborys reminds me that our Beatle gigs is not the only time I have performed music at a nursing home. When I retired from the workforce last fall, I joined a church choir made up of senior citizens and we sing at nursing homes from time to time.

Before we sing, the conductor has the audience sing along with "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" and other such songs, while playing his guitar.

These are local nursing homes. The Beatle gig was out of town, near where my brother lives.

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Jul 20th, 2018 08:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Beatles are in the nursing home gen now so I have no doubt it will be well received. I haven’t been in a lot of nursing homes playing music but I would think anything that provides a bit of entertainment for those folks would be welcome. Remember these were folks that grew up on live music and aren’t of the dj. generation so they’ll probably thoroughly enjoy it.

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Jul 23rd, 2018 12:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Be careful.

Things might get ugly!

windmill
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older,better
Jul 25th, 2018 04:22 AM   Edit   Profile  

Ended up only playing only a couple of Beatles tunes

Mainly early 50's pop and rock'n'roll tunes.

Seemed to be appreciated.

:)

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Jul 26th, 2018 04:21 AM   Edit   Profile  

When I was a postgrad student at Oxford I joined a local reggae band to earn some money, to get away from the university part of the time and to play with some West Indian musicians, a new experience to me, also a new music genre. One of the gigs, which I was nervous about beforehand, was in a home for the elderly. But they loved it. Two of the residents, in their 90s, had just got married so it was a bit of a party.

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Bogue Falaya River

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Jul 26th, 2018 08:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

The main thing I learned this time, that I might have already known, was look the audience members in the eye. That will get you a much better reception.

I only realized how important that was this time.

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