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Acoustic Music Meetup @Mannion's

Join us for another acoustic jam at Mannion's! This is an inclusive jam, not an open mic. Members are encouraged to sing and play along the entire night.

We will be meeting on the ground floor in the side room. Look for the folks with the musical instruments.

Mannion's serves delicious food and has a nice selection of beers. Most of us take a dinner break around 7:30. After dinner, we play until they kick us out--usually around 11. Please bring cash to pay for your dinner and drinks.

There is an evolving setlist for this meetup. We usually get through all of the requests, most of our "semi-permanent" songs, plus about 20 more songs out of the over fourteen hundred or so songs in our files.

If you would like to add a song to the setlist, make sure it is posted to our site in the "Files" section or added to our shared Dropbox folder, then post your request in the "get the conversation started" section below.

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  • bob c.

    Let me say this about that; I bowed out of that one at the end of the first verse, cause it was deteriorating then; someone tried to get a good lead going (Bob?) but someone else sang over it, and then it just came apart. When we're working on a new one, esp. without a conductor, we need to take a minute and analyze and plan the progression of the number. That is NOT a simple folk song (never was!), although the posted version has been simplified a little to make it more suitable for a large group, and in that room we all need to listen hard to the other voices (AND TEMPOS!!!) we are working with. Also, we had several songs that changed tempo drastically as they progressed (and it wasn't up!), which I think we can fix if we are sensitive to it. Not tryin'to be critical, but if no one mentions it then it won't go away! Still, a bunch of other songs were great, and, again, those of us who stayed late got to do some very nice things!

    1 · April 13, 2014

    • FiL

      Joe, I updated the chords slightly (there were a few missing, and some in the wrong spots), but I agree, capo 3 to put it into Eb is the way to go.

      1 · April 14, 2014

    • Joe G.

      I just tried it, and it does go a lot smoother. Thanks for your work on the song.

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • Joe G.

    I agree about One Toke Over the Line. We had a pretty decent read on it down on the end by Wendy. Could not hear the other side of the room very well, but I thought the song was well done. Keep doing it until everyone has it down cold! And yeah, we really need our cat herder at times. Too many small groups breaking out in song making it hard to hear what's going on. Good music, but a bit disruptive.

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Wendy

      Yeah, Joe - it hadn't occurred to me till you said it ... Bob C was at the opposite end of the room, and it is entirely possible that that song went entirely differently down there than it did at our end. I don't have nearly a powerful enough voice to lead the whole room un-amplified, especially from all the way at the end!

      Also, FiL says there is an updated version of the chart that he did that we didn't have Thursday ... that's apparently what Bob P was referring to. Hopefully that will all get sorted out by next time.

      April 13, 2014

    • Bob P

      Correct on a revised version, Wendy. The passion to try to play a song well is inspiring! Imagine if you wrote a song and knew, 40 years later, the energy that people still invest in it. Pretty cool and it's one of the things that makes NJAMP special.

      1 · April 13, 2014

  • Wendy

    What a great night. Un-herded cats can have fun too ... it's a sloppier, looser, different kind of fun. I had a great time hanging out with a whole new (for me) set of fun people in a whole new (for me) part of the room. (And now I understand better why it takes so long sometimes for everyone to find the song! I hope I helped a little bit.) "One Toke Over the Line" sounded great ... we are getting that one! I plan to request it every week until it makes it into the semi-perm list. Which I hope will be soon. :-) Fun, fun, fun.

    1 · April 11, 2014

    • Bob P

      A modern spiritual, for sure! I'm pretty sure I saw the original broadcast of this in my grandmother's living room...

      1 · April 11, 2014

    • Wendy

      Bob P, if you mean the chart, I think Dan sorted it out, not FiL. And if it played itself, we'd be in fine shape, but it's we who play it, and I'm with Bob C on this one ... We are getting there, but still a few small kinks worth working out while it's still new enough to us to get it right. Do we dress up in gingham and do the LW version, or the B&S original? :-)

      April 12, 2014

  • Ed L.

    There were times we felt the absence of our CECW (Chief Executive Cat Wrangler), but it was a fun night. I wasn't sure if introducing a new song would fly the first time, but everyone sang "Train To Birmingham" like they knew it. It sounded great and Mark's fiddle was a nice touch!

    2 · April 11, 2014

    • Wendy

      That was a great song, and great for this group. Nicely done, Ed!

      April 11, 2014

  • Manuel B.

    Whoever requested with or without you - I'll practice it and have it ready by next week!

    1 · April 11, 2014

    • Wendy

      Yes, that was great! That was either Gary or Mark Senecal who suggested it. It'll be great when we can do it!

      April 11, 2014

  • Carolyn B.

    It was such fun last night. As always!!

    April 11, 2014

  • Susan

    It was fun!

    April 11, 2014

  • Ed L.

    How about "Pancho & Lefty" and "Long May You Run". I've had a few folks suggest "Train To Birmingham" might go well at Mannions. Could give it a try.

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Wendy

    I made my requests on last week's thread: "One Toke Over the Line", "Should I Stay or Should I Go?", "Don't You Forget About Me".

    And if I could make more requests, I'd add "Heartache Tonight" and "Tracks of My Tears".

    [So if someone cares to request one or two of those (any of those 5), that would be awesome. :-) ]

    1 · April 8, 2014

    • Mark S.

      And.. If I could add more requests I would help out Wendy by suggesting her additional requests... but I am maxed out too.

      1 · April 9, 2014

    • Wendy

      Looks like they got covered! Thanks, Mark.

      April 10, 2014

  • FiL

    I'm gonna have to miss tonight--too much (musical) homework to do!

    April 10, 2014

  • bob c.

    If I close my eyes and click my sneakers together three times while repeating "There's no place like NJAMP", will I wake up at Mannion's tonight? Gonna give it a try, in which case could we try "Drivin' My Life Away" (which needs a little refining, I'm sure), and one more try at "Grandpa", and "Heartache Tonight"? Tnx!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Bob P

    One Toke Over the Line...

    April 10, 2014

  • Mary D

    Requesting "Tracks of My Tears" and "The Letter"

    April 9, 2014

  • Mark S.

    How about a Beatle block: "A Hard Day's Night", "Help", and "You Can't Do That".

    1 · April 7, 2014

  • FiL

    Please post your setlist requests (up to 3 per person) for this week's meetup. Make sure your requests are either in the Files section of the website or in our shared Dropbox folder.

    1 · April 7, 2014

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