What we’re about
IF YOU LIKE TO SING OR PLAY AN INSTRUMENT, WE CAN'T WAIT TO MEET YOU!!!
We sing all kinds of music! We sing traditional songs, songs from the folk and folk/rock era, songs by today's indie/folk musicians. And what's a sing along without some Beatles songs, pop songs, rock songs, show tunes, and standards. We really mix it up!
There is a very modest dues of just $5 per year. The dues help cover Meetup fees, Zoom fees and costs for special events. It is collected through the Meetup site. Once you join SOJO, you have a 30-day trial period so you can come to a session and see if you like it before committing to paying annual dues. If you want to become an active member, just enter in your payment information. After the trial period ends, the $5 will be transferred to Meetup.
Here's what happens at a SOJO: We take turns selecting songs for the group to sing and play (passing's OK). Many of our songs come from the Rise Up Singing and Rise Again books, so if you have copies, bring them along. (If you don't, you can share or borrow one from us.) You also have the option of handing out lyrics and chords to a song not in the books. Whatever you do, *ENTHUSIASTIC PARTICIPATION* IS THE KEY!
We meet the first and third Saturday of the month from 2:00 to 5:00 pm in a comfortable indoor location in Arlington, VA, close to metro. There is plenty of parking available in the area.
We also meet remotely every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 via Zoom.
Here's a link to some of the songs we've done at recent SOJOs:
And here is a link to more songs we've done over the years:
What we sing at our next SOJO is up to you!
We're a friendly fun supportive group! DON'T BE SHY ABOUT SINGING AND/OR JAMMING, COME CHECK US OUT!
Upcoming events (2)See all
- The 12th Annual Beatles SOJO (12/02/23)Iglesia de San Jose , Arlington, VA
It’s Beatles Day!
On December 2, we'll be doing all Beatles songs. Think of all the great possibilities!
Everyone, please include some song suggestions (as soon as possible) in the comments when you RSVP. We will prepare a brand new lyrics and chords handout based on this year's suggestions. No need to bring your Rise Up Singing books.
Instrumentalists! Do you know a riff or break from a Beatles song? Let us know before we start the song so we can be sure to work it in. And don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be “perfect.” As always, this is for FUN! It's OK to bring your electric guitars on Beatles Day, but only use them for your riffs and leads so we can still hear ourselves sing!
This event is always a lot of fun. Can't wait to see everyone on Beatles Day!
- SongCircle! Tuesday Evening Virtual SOJO (No. 101) 12-5-2023Link visible for attendees
# Tuesday Evening Virtual SOJOs 7PM
=SONG CIRCLE/MUSIC CIRCLE=
Topic: The 101st Tuesday Evening Virtual SOJO
Time: December 5, 2023 7:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
***EVERYONE GETS TO LEAD 1 OR 2 SONGS OF THEIR CHOICE***
Newcomers are welcome (!!), but MUST be cleared by the organizer/host (Jay H) prior to receiving link notices & admission to these virtual sessions. For such clearance, please send a Direct Message through MEETUP to the organizer/host to introduce yourself and provide relevant info regarding your interest in virtual SOJO; this may include simply filling out the standard questions posed in the SOJO Meetup profile page. A proper name and a clear picture are also helpful.
To ensure timely receipt of link notices, all CLEARED newcomers and known regulars are encouraged to RSVP through MEETUP to announced events ASAP, rather than waiting until the last minute to notify the
host/co-hosts of your interest in attending (you can always change your RSVP if your plans change). Link notices for each event are sent out twice through MEETUP -- first, usually between 5:00-7:00 pm on the Monday evening prior to the session; and, second, apx an hour or so before the Tuesday evening session. If you have RSVP'd as an attendee & do not receive the link notice on Monday night via e-mail (after you've checked your e-mail filtering settings in Meetup & your spam folder), please alert the host/co-host asap via a Direct Message in Meetup so we can explore alternate means for getting the link to you before the actual session begins.
NOTE: For security reasons, the link notices are NOT provided with our event descriptions or comments sections for these virtual events.
We started Tuesday Evening Virtual SOJOs on the day of the Winter Solstice (12/21/2021) and have met and shared songs and conversation on Zoom every Tuesday evening since. We will continue to hold virtual SOJOs at 7:00pm every Tuesday evening so long as there is sufficient enthusiasm & support for the sessions. These are in addition to SOJO's separately scheduled every other Saturday afternoon sessions, which may be virtual or in person.
HELPFUL INFO FOR NEWCOMERS
Below are some helpful tips for newcomers from our overall SOJO lead organizer, Margi:
If you plan to lead a song, you will sound even better if you go to your Zoom settings and Turn On Original Sound. There are lots of online instructions and YouTube videos which show you how to do this. (This feature is now available on phones or tablets, too! Just update to the latest version.)
We'd like as many different people as possible to lead a song. We're looking for participation, not perfection. You can sing and play an instrument, sing a cappella, even sing along with a recording (just don't stream it from a website on your computer - it will be out of sync). So please give it a try -- lots of sharing will make it more fun for everyone. If you would rather not lead a song, you can always suggest one. Just type your song and page number into the chat section of the Zoom screen, and you'll be in the queue. If you'd like to do a song not in the Rise Up Singing or Rise Again books, try to screen share the lyrics and chords before you start singing your song. Generally, we give everyone a chance to lead (or suggest a song for someone else to lead) during 'Round 1.' Depending on time remaining, we will proceed to 'Round 2,' in the order of songs entered into the chat section.
This is the way a virtual singalong works.
One person leads a song. Everyone else sings and plays their hearts out, but they are on mute. So everyone hears just one person, but they can see the faces of everyone else singing or playing along. If you unmute even one additional person, there is delay, echo and cutting out. But even though you can't hear the other voices, it's kind of nice actually. We are still together. And we can unmute between songs and talk to each other.