A Very August SOJO

  • August 3, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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Come sing and play with us and be part of the best folk sing along/jam in the state! Check your inhibitions at the door and join our hootenanny.  Let's raise the roof together!  Is there a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Most important points:

1.  Please RSVP Yes if you plan to attend.  RSVPs give us an idea of the best way to set up the room and more importantly, allow us to ensure the room is not overly crowded. 

2. Since we use the Rise Up Singing songbook as the basis for our sing/jam, you'll want to obtain a copy. You can purchase them gently used and reasonably priced on eBay, half.com and amazon.com. There may be a few to borrow as well (one time only please).

3. You're strongly encouraged to occasionally bring lyrics to hand out, preferably with chords, for songs not in Rise Up Singing.

4. We ask for a donation, from $3 to $5, or whatever you can afford, to help offset the expenses of our comfortable meeting space. If you can't make a monetary donation but can contribute your enthusiastic voice or playing, we still want you to come.

5. You might want to bring something to drink as singing is likely to make you thirsty.

We're a friendly group sharing our love of singing and playing, and doing so in a non-judgmental, welcoming environment. COME CHECK US OUT!

Further details, if you like:

1. SOJO is about singing and playing along to all kinds of music, especially folk. While the emphasis is on singing, your musical instrument is a welcome and valuable accompaniment to the chorus of voices. We warmly welcome harmonicas, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, dulcimers, fiddles, basses, autoharps, and all acoustic stringed, wind and bellows instruments. Some instrumentalists sing along with us, some just play. All the rest join in the merriment with just their voices. We even have a piano for anyone to use!

2. We meet the first Sunday of every month from 1:00 to 3:30 just outside of downtown St. Petersburg (exact location shown only to SOJO members).

3. To find out more about our format, click this link:  http://www.meetup.com/tampabaysojo/about/.   For even more about us: Go to "About Us" in the top left of our website under the group picture.   

4. To see a sampling of songs you're likely to hear at SOJO, click here:  http://www.meetup.com/tampabaysojo/messages/boards/thread/27010572

5. Feel free to take advantage of our very own Discussion Board, where you can talk about music, upcoming events or anything else you think might interest the group. Click "Discussions" then "Message Board" at the top of any of our pages. 

6. We're also on Facebook! Here's the link: ttps://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/[masked]/

And as usual, we're at your service to answer any questions...or you can post them to our Message Board or Facebook group!

The requisite "Who Should Not Join" Department:

1. Non-participants.  SOJO is a synergy of singers and instrumentalists, rather than a performance ensemble.  Our growth, unfortunately, has made it impractical to accommodate spectators while maintaining our musical integrity. Rather than cramming a large number of people into our limited space, SOJO's goal is to make the singers and players as comfortable as possible. But if you'd like to bring an occasional guest who just wants to listen, that's fine. (Note: Nobody is expected to necessarily sing and/or play along to *every* song.)

2. People who have no intention of ever attending our events because they do not live in the greater Tampa Bay area.

3. People who are only trying to promote their business or find people to date.

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  • Randy F.

    Sorry I couldn't make it, I was diving in the Keys. I'll try to make the next one!

    August 4

  • Jennifer B.

    Very fun today, as always! Glad to be there to see old and new friends and make a joyful noise.

    August 4

  • Jennifer B.

    Very fun today, as always! Glad to be there to see old and new friends and make a joyful noise.

    August 4

  • Chris C.

    I am bringing 26 printouts for this cool song I remember from the 50's. I hacked the chords myself off this youtube:

    August 2

    • Chris C.

      Toni Fisher - 'The Big Hurt' -[masked]rpm - YouTube

      August 2

    • Chris C.

      Now it begins, now that you've gone C C#
      Needles and pins, twilight till dawn C C#
      Watching that clock till you return Am Em
      Lighting that torch and watching it burn Dm G7

      Now it begins, day after day
      This is my night, ticking away
      Waiting to hear footsteps that say
      "Love will appear and this time to stay"

      Oh, each time you go Gm7
      I try to pretend Cm7
      It's over at last Ab7
      This time the big hurt will end G7

      Now it begins, now that you've gone
      Needles and pins, twilight till dawn
      But if you go, come back again
      I wonder when, oh when will it end

      The big hurt C# C
      The big hurt
      The big hurt

      August 2

  • Rita S.

    How about some Allan Sherman

    August 2

  • Bruce C.

    Thanks Gordon! Here is another that was requested by Michael at the last Meetup but no none knew the tune:


    page 229 in the book. Nice simple catchy tune!!


    July 23

  • Rita S.

    Great idea!!

    July 23

  • Gordon

    Learning New Songs

    Last meeting there was a suggestion that we learn a few new songs from the "Rise Up Singing" book. I have three suggestions below together with YouTube links:
    1 - Spanish is a Loving Tongue - page 128
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EJceRJuwJg 2 - Day is Done - pages 131/132
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlN0d3m12vw and, in memory of 100 years since the beginning of the Great War (WWI) 3 - No Man's Land (Green Fields of France) - page 162
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxkhBvO8_kM Time line of early August 1914
    August 1st
    Germany declared war on Russia August 3rd
    Germany declared war on France and invaded Belgium. August 4th
    Britain declared war on Germany Best regards.

    July 22

  • Rita S.

    Hot town summer in the city...Back of my neck getting dirt and gritty. Bend down isn't it a pity doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city... Come for some real cool tunes.. SOJO rocks

    4 · July 8

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