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Here's the all Chordied up pretty version for ya:  http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/sites … mes.chopro

Nice lyrics as ALWAYS!  big_smile

So... it seems the weekend of August 4-6 might be a good date to aim for.  Anyone prefer a week later, or should we aim at that date? 

Things have bee insane busy since my promotion.  I went from working 20 hours to 50 per week, then down to a schedule 35 but always seemed to hit 40.  Now, I know 40 hours a week doesn't sound too crazy to most... but add to that the fact that I work from home so these are not like 8 hour straight shifts, they bounce around through the days (spread out over 6 days per week - who needs 2 days in a row off?) AND the kids are home with me as I'm homeschooling them.  So, I'm always doing about 20 things at once!  Ha ha!  LOOKING FORWARD to taking a week off to just play the guitar with all my friends and have a little time to just shoot the breeze. 

Add to that, we had been hoping to visit Ken and Jen in Ohio and just couldn't fit it in.  I'm so glad you're planning to make the trek to see us!  Perhaps I'll be in a better position with my job next year to take some additional time off.  I desperately want to make it out of this state again sometime soon (well... further than just NY and PA anyhow).

Jx3 - We sure do hope you can make it!  We'll try to get a date firmed up ASAP, and suggestions of course are welcome and helpful!  If we can get one set before you start out venturing on a possible new job, hopefully you'll be able to add that into your interview "I'd love to start ASAP, but I do have a prior commitment this weekend."  wink

Marshel54 - If you have any particular weekends that would be better than others, we're all ears!  Help us choose!

UJB - I'd be sad if you couldn't make it.  I'm glad it's already a plan!  Anything going on any weekend we should NOT plan on?  I'm kind of leaning toward last weekend in July or first in August - but it's of course negotiable!  wink

Marshel54 wrote:

Great news. I got the guitar out to today to try it after surgery. Very pleased with the results. Sound wise a lot to work on, but fretting very very much better than when I gave it up 2 years ago. I was even able to fret the 12 string. A ways to go, but a lot better.

That's GREAT to hear!  Take it easy, and get back into it as you're able.  It sounds like things are looking up!


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Ha ha!  Nice.  Thanks Doug!

Happy Day to your Mom, any other Mom on Chordie, and all the Mom-like people in Chordie land!  wink

Like every stinkin' year, I don't have a date set YET!  But that will come, and will be updated here in the first post as we move forward.  I'm sorry I haven't been around here a lot lately, but that doesn't mean I'm not around.  I miss ya'll and sure do hope many of you regulars here can make it this year!

As this is the same deal as last year and the year before, I'm pretty much going to copy and paste from last year's thread with a few little tweaks.  No reason to fix it if it ain't broke!

When: Late July, Early August?
Where: MekidsFamily's backyard in Central NY State
Who:  Local and Chordie Friends

Backyard style gathering
Food on the grill
Bon Fire (we have no barn to burn down any longer, no more insane fires... I don't think)
Kid Friendly
Tent Friendly
Boat/Yak/Canoe Friendly

We'll do one day and evening dedicated as a backyard relaxed party (Saturday).  This means that if you live close please feel free to bring a dish, everyone BYOB and a lawn chair if you are able (coolers make great seats).  Bring your guitar or instrument of choice if you are able (or share, there's plenty of them here)!  Bring along the kids if you'd like (but keep an eye on them).  Bring along warmer clothing for the evening (or stand within 10 feet of the fire for warmth).  Should it rain, we'll move to the wrap around porch or inside.  Jim and I will provide food (NY Salt Potatoes, NY Sweet Corn, burgers, dogs, SMOKED PULLED PORK, the best tater salad you've ever had in your life, fresh fruit, homemade cookies perhaps, good yummy stuff, etc).

Note:  When I say, NY I do not live anywhere near New York City.  This is rural, Upstate NY.  We live in the central part of NY State.  Send me a message for the specific address.  Look up Oneida Lake, you can walk to it from my home, on the North Shore.

Of COURSE those traveling should plan to stay for the weekend and if you'd like to stay longer, we'd LOVE to have you!  The yard is plenty large enough to set up tents.  There are also tons of nearby NY State Campgrounds (as well as private ones).  There are motels close, and Hotels close enough.  We do have a little bit of space inside - couches to crash on, however we have hardwood floors so crashing on a floor may not be a best plan unless you bring along a pad.  Along with one day of an outdoor party, we'll do a few days of just relaxed picking, strumming, or helping you find cool things to see depending on the turn out of course.  Nearby are streams, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, nature trails, and historic sites.  The girls and I took Roger on a hike down the Salmon River Falls the year he came.  The Boxing Hall of Fame and Baseball Hall of Fame are within driving distance as well.  The Adirondacks are about a 1 1/2 hour drive, Niagara Falls is about a 3 hour drive from here, and New York City is about 5.  If you want to come up and join us and go off wandering and exploring, I'll have dinner on the table for you when you get back.  As Dirty Ed knows, the coffee is always on early in the morning, and hugs from the littlest are free.  Come visit and join us for a little in person Chordie Family Style Gathering!

The closest airport is SYR.  For more specific details, shoot me an email.

Welcoming suggestions for dates!!!
Last year's thread is here if you want to check it out:  http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=29491


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Welcome back!  AWESOME stuff you put up there!  Why haven't you posted recordings before?  How's life treating you? 

Chordie's still about the same, just a fresh coat of paint and a little tune up.  wink

He DID love your NGDs! 

Nice looking guitar there.  How much did you nab this one up for?  I saw your post on FB, looks pretty sweet in all the pics (I see the fairy added one here for you - I'm not the fairy).


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Thanks Bill, for getting the info for me, and for this thread.  Thanks so much Doug for the link as well.  sad  He was a really nice guy.  We had some private chats via email a few times, he he truly cared for the people here.  Never was mean to anyone, always a kind word.  Even when he didn't know an answer, if he saw a thread ignored he'd post on it so people didn't feel like they were being ignored.  Despite his comments all the time that he couldn't sing, I still wish he'd have put a recording up... or could have made it to the East coast for one of the gatherings as he so badly wanted to join in on. 

RIP Vince.  You'll be missed here by your Chordie Family.

I have listened to them all, and posted on your sound clouds.  This was a GREAT way for me to wake up with my coffee this lovely Saturday morning (instead of with work for a change)!  AWESOME job everyone!  Thank you so much for sharing these with everyone.

I have to say, if this was a competition, it would be so difficult to choose a winner!  Everyone has done a little something different with each version of their covers to make it their own, and make it work.  I just love it!  smile

BGD - you are one brave soul to cover Jack and Diane!  I've been TRYING, but just can't get down a strum pattern that works!  GAAHHH!  You've got some mad skills, sir!


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Late to the party as always, I am.  Welcome back Bill!  I've been working non-stop it feels and have probably missed out on a lot of posts, emails, facebook stuff and more.  I'm around though here and there. Glad to see you here!  smile

MKD has wanted The Weight as FSOTM for a while now.  I may have to serve him a few drinks then secretly record though!  Lol!  I wanted to try Jack and Diane myself but it's not working too well so far. sad I haven't entirely given up yet!

Zurf wrote:

I am changing my 90's song recommendation.  It is Nanci Griffith's "From A Distance."  And I am going to be fully open here - this is entirely because I want to hear Amy sing it with her family backing her. 

For those who thought it was a Bette Midler vehicle... shame on you.

Julie Gold was apparently the actual writer. I've listened to them all performing it. It's a beautiful song, and each has done a beautiful version.  Bette did make it famous though. wink

If it is chosen, I would love to hear some guys on this song. It would make for a great cover to be done various ways.  I bet Beamer could even find a way to rock it out!

BGD, Amie was a featured song not too long ago.  tongue I am pretty sure you covered it too!

1970's - Jim Croce!  Anything really, but how about "Next Time, This Time"

1990s - "Little Black Backpack", and I'll second Zurf's suggestion as well!!


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Sure wish something like that were a bit closer.  Sounds like a good way to spend a weekend!


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Welcome to Chordie Marshel!  Any friend of UJB, is a friend of ours!  Hopefully this means we'll get to meet you either at the gathering we hold in NY or the one Joe does in PA!  By the time one or the other comes around, you should be healed up well by then and back at the strings!  smile

I haven't had surgery - but I know the beginnings of that evilness.  I had some problems at one point as I type - A LOT.  I was also working as a cosmetologist, so lots of repetitive hand movements.  I was using two hands to carry my coffee cup to prevent dropping them on the floor, I was wearing wrist splints at night, and compression sleeves during the day.  The numbness and pain was nerve wracking.  I found that better ergonomics made a lot of it go away, along with learning certain massage techniques in the hands to relieve pressure.  Now a days, it's a "so far, so good" type of deal - I don't have too many issues now.  However, it's probably only a matter of time before the issues begin again and I'll need the surgery as well because ergonomics can only go so far for hand related issues.  Thus far, it hasn't seemed to affect me when playing the guitar, my hands are more bothered by typing than anything else I do.  Every time it tries to start back up, I reassess my ergonomics and change a few things around.

My mother was a waitress from the 70's through the last few years.  You don't see it so often now, but up through the 90's when I was too a waitress it was no biggie to carry 8 plates on a big ole tray supported by your shoulder and wrist.  Or at a diner, to carry for plates balanced on one arm, wrist and hand!  She had surgery, at one point, took it easy with the trays and plates for about a year, and then went right back into carrying trays like she used to (maybe without the full 8 plates though on the big tray - that's a LOT of weight).  It worked wonders for her. 

Sounds like you'll be picking up your instruments soon enough!  Glad to have you aboard!

Baldguitardude wrote:

Here's my try at Blame it on the Rain. I am sick and losing my voice, don't know if I'm going to be able to do the Floyd tune before my throat heals. But I'm darn sure going to try.

As others have noted, the song is viewed by many as less than spectacular, so I re-wrote it. Hope you enjoy.


That was pretty darn good BGD!  I don't think very many of the songs that were put under their name would be easy to do acoustic, and I sure wouldn't be able to pull that off!  Very good job!  Jim and I were both impressed! 

It brought back memories for sure!  One of the kids was in the room, so when it was over I pulled up a video of the original.  I told her, as it was playing, this is what they sounded like when I heard them.  In fact, this is EXACTLY what they sounded like - note for note, word for word, IN concert!  I'd told the terrible story several times in the past, so we all had a good laugh over that.

I've been so busy with work the past few months, I haven't had much time to pop into Chordie.  What a pleasant surprise to see a few songs up here that I know and love!  Perhaps when I get a little more time at some point this month I can try them out! 

Kudos to Jan for taking the lead on creating these threads and keeping up with everything in here while I've been so busy!


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My first baby turns 21 today.  I must say, your lyrics hit right in the feels as usual!  Nicely written, Jim.

Baldguitardude wrote:
mekidsmom wrote:

Gosh, I'd just have to say pretty much ANY concert would be nice.  LOL!  I've led a sheltered life.  I only saw Milli Vanilli (sad huh?), 4 Non-Blondes, and Billy Joel ... I was under 20 years of age for all three concerts.

My early vote for March SOTM is that we nominate based upon our favorite shows we've seen live and in person. smile

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!  Thank you for reminding me!  Thread is up:  http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic. … 84#p181584 

UJB - SIXTY EIGHT TIMES!  Um... uh... well... no comment.  LOL!


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Why didn't anybody call me out on NOT getting one of these up?  THANK YOU BGD... for your super subtle way of letting me know. Please feel free to hollar at me next time!

I like BGD's idea, so we're gonna roll with it!  He suggested, in another thread, that for MARCH everyone give song suggestions based on shows they've seen LIVE in concert!  What a neat idea!

So this thread over here is all about concerts people WISH they had seen, and some have posted about concerts they actually HAVE seen: http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=31554

Please, add your suggestions for the March Featured Song of the Month below, based on songs played at concerts you've seen live in person!  (I promise, no Milli Vanilli songs will be chosen.  While I did SEE them in person, I obviously did not hear them live in person!  ha ha ha ha ha!)

Gosh, I'd just have to say pretty much ANY concert would be nice.  LOL!  I've led a sheltered life.  I only saw Milli Vanilli (sad huh?), 4 Non-Blondes, and Billy Joel ... I was under 20 years of age for all three concerts.

AWESOME everyone!!!!


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MKD snowblowing last week.  The very next day, I removed the same amount of snow.  Then, half of it melted.  We now have another fresh drop of about 4 inches.  I'm not complaining too much, since I don't really ever HAVE to leave the house and MKD has a 4x4.  I'd rather a little more warmth though.  I'm thankful we don't live in the true snowbelt.  The worst area nearby got about 10 feet in a week's time.

When I snowblow "the driveway" I travel about 2 miles by foot, according to my fitness tracker.  Of course, this includes going all the way from the Pole Barn to the driveway, looping up to the chicken coop, clearing an area for the dogs, and back to the pole barn.  Considering I could use the exercise, I oddly kind of enjoy doing this.  LOL!


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EVERYTHING they all said! 

I don't know much about much, but I think all the above sounds like really solid advise from folks that have been there or watched others be there... where ever that is.  You've had a rough couple years, and lots of reason to try to force your brain to relax and stop thinking.  I hope you can find a safer alternative while you work through things.  Find a way to let the music move you, take some voice lessons to go along with your guitar knowledge, go try something different like a goofy craft or something (I bet Chris would adore that). 

You got this, and you've got a whole corner of the world supporting you!  Who knows, maybe we WILL see you this summer after all!  Best wishes in the job hunt, after you take some time to unwind and de-stress of course!