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A Very Special SOJO: Our 4th Birthday and Farewell to Rick

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This will be a very special SOJO, and I hope you will make an extra effort to attend. Not only will we be celebrating SOJO’s fourth birthday, but we will also be honoring our founder Rick, as he leaves us to retire in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Feel free to bring snacks...and decorations if you like.

Four years ago, Rick had an idea. He thought he’d try to bring people together to make music, just regular people who like to sing. We started small, but Rick’s enthusiasm and welcoming way kept new members coming and old members coming back. Now SOJO has a life of its own. It’s truly important to so many of us. So there’ll be no stopping SOJO, even with Rick’s departure.

This Saturday’s session will begin with our usual format, but the second half will be our “Concert for Rick.” I’ve asked Rick to give me a list his favorite songs from the more than 100 meetups we’ve had since the beginning. The list is at the bottom of this announcement, and you can also see it in "Files." During the second half of our session, those who want to can make their song selections from that list. We’ll give Rick a grateful sendoff by singing along to his favorite songs. Don’t miss it!

If you're a seasoned SOJO'er, you already know the program, but details of our next meetup are above (and below), for the benefit of all SOJO members.

If you're new to Sing Out Jam Out (SOJO): Welcome, we're happy you found us and we look forward to a rewarding association together! All the details you need for coming to sing and/or play with us are on this page. Always feel free to email any of the organizers if you need more information.


1. Please do your best to bring a copy of Rise Up Singing. This link is your best source for obtaining a new copy: . Amazon,, and eBay should also have a good selection of used and new books. Finding a copy locally is not easy, so an online order is your best bet. We also may have loaners available with a "borrow one time only" honors policy.

2. Please do RSVP. It helps us know how to set up the room beforehand and relieves us of the need to shuffle furniture around as members arrive after the merrymaking has begun. Submit your RSVP toward the top right of this screen if you're on our homepage or by clicking the link at the end of this message to get there.

3. Bring something to drink, as singing is likely to make you thirsty.

4. We appreciate, but do not require, a $4 contribution to help pay for renting the room.

5. Parking availability is our most frequently asked question. Free parking is available on weekends at nearby garages, the closest being on 23rd St between Rt. 1 and Crystal Drive, just a short distance west of Crystal Drive on the north side of 23rd St.

FURTHER DETAILS, if you like:

* This gathering takes place Saturday, March 19, at our usual Crystal City venue (wheelchair accessible), exact location is above. We'll meet as we always do, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a break around 3:30.

* For detailed directions from the Metrorail station, make sure you're signed into SOJO's website, click on "More" in the the information frame at the top of our Web site's home page, then click on "Files" in the drop down menu. From there choose "Crystal City Metro to SOJO directions" posted by Freddy on October 1, 2010, or see the more brief metro directions above. (You are either now on our Web site, or you can get there by clicking the link below.)

* Please arrive a little early if you can, to help set up and so we have a musical quorum to start.

* Feel free to bring lyrics to hand out, preferably with chords, for songs not in the book.

* Click on "Pages" on the information frame at the top of our Web site's home page for additional information such as our format and other good things to know. (You are either now on our Web site, or you can get there by clicking the link below.) You can also click on "Photos" on that same frame for pictures of some of our gatherings.

Whether you're new to SOJO or not so new, we look forward to singing and/or jamming with you!

A Selection of Rick’s Favorite Songs for "The Concert for Rick"

In Rise Up Singing:


Catch the Wind

John Barleycorn Must Die

Moon River

Circle Game

Un Canadien Errant

Cat Came Back

500 Miles

Cruel War

Wild Mountain Thyme

O Mary Don’t You Weep

Loch Lomond

Streets of London

South Australia

We Shall Not Be Moved

Over the Rainbow

You Were On My Mind

Gypsy Rover

Someday Soon

Wild Rover

Lakes of Pontchartrain

Hand outs: (Copies of the following songs will be available at the 3/19 SOJO)

Lather (Jefferson Airplane)

Fairytale of New York (the Pogues)

Wind Up (Jethro Tull)

Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)

Peace Will Come (Tom Paxton)

Find the Cost of Freedom (CSNY)

My Father (Judy Collins)

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)

Matty Groves (Fairport Convention, et al)

Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)

Diamonds and Rust (Joan Baez)

Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan)

My Back Pages (Dylan/Byrds)

California Dreaming (Mamas and Papas)

Working Class Hero (John Lennon)

Swimming to the Other Side (Pat Humphries)

What About Me (Quicksilver)

Twa Corbies (Steeleye Span et al)

Old Man (Neil Young)

Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues)

Eve of Destruction (Barry McGuire)

San Francisco (Flowers in Your Hair) (Scott McKenzie)

Who Knows Where the Time Goes (Judy Collins et al)

The Leaving of Liverpool


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