(16 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Thanks for letting us know, Ken.

Zurf - ((HUGS)) -
Jim, the kids, and I send our condolences as well.  We know it's been a rough time, and your entire family is in our thoughts.     


(6 replies, posted in Songwriting)

I saw a comment about the distortion on YT, but I'm surprised there's not more.  I could hear this with a neat drum beat and some heavy bass.  Sorry the stuff's happening to make the feels, but the song's good.     


(15 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Sounds like fun!  Enjoy it, Bill.  You didn't have to do anything in our names, though of course it's much appreciated.  I think I can speak for everyone here when I say that, we're just happy to know someone else may get some appreciation and more use out of the items... and YOU are appreciated, Bill.     


(9 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Whoops!  I thought Jim had commented,  but I guess he didn't.  We're planning on being there... tradition and all.  wink  Will catch ya on the side if there's any specific questions ... other than, how many cookies to bring this year?     


(6 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Happy Birthday(s) and Congrats on the 35th, Jim!


(25 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Mojo, that thing has some pretty good reviews online.  Seems like a good purchase, for a portable doodad.  Too bad they didn't have the DC Plus model in store, though.  tongue  (nice one Jim!  Ha!)


(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

WHOOT!  I'm so excited to hear all this great news!

Zurf, if you decide to bring a human companion with you, know that they're all more than welcome.  My girls will be here as usual.

Ken, we look forward to your arrival Friday afternoon!  UJB, I imagine we should expect you sometime Friday as well.  I'll make sure there's something yummy for snacks and dinner!

JJJ (and crew), I think you're all coming Saturday along with Zurf, correct?  Either way, we'll see you when you get in town.  Also, "Canal Fest" is going on in Sylvan Beach next weekend.  Think "4th of July".  Just a heads up that there will be a bunch of random things happening down there all weekend.  Of specific interest to your crew may be the vendors/crafters set up all weekend.  Also, Saturday night you will want to plan on staying late and not running down the motel for anything toward the evening hours.  There are fireworks planned for 9PM (generally, they hold the least impressive fireworks shows), which means there will be insane traffic down there in the evening.

BUT... if you ever wanted a "scenic tour" of Oneida lake from a Helicopter, go on a Canal Boat tour, see a Mind Reader, a small circus, or other random things - there's a LOT happening next weekend and quite a bit of it will be right in front of Cinderella's. 

Ken, I'm not sure how much information you don't ALREADY know (or how interesting the NY Canal is to you), but there's a "Lecture on the History of the Canal" 3pm on Sunday at the Union Chapel (parts of "The Sterile Cuckoo" with Liza Minelli were shot there). I'm thinking it might be a bit too dull for the girls, but could prove interesting if you like canal history at all.  Of course, being in NY, it's one of those State history things we are required to know about here.  LOL! 

"Fun" NY Canal Fact:  Clinton's Ditch (where all the digging started) happens to be right by Fort Stanwix you all visited one year.


(17 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Wow!  Those are beautiful!  Thanks for sharing the photos.  Sorry I showed up late, I do know a few folks that know Russian... but looks like that Q was answered!  Neat collection you're growing!


(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Pavers for the patio ordered!  We COULD have it in before the party... or at least some of it.  ONE MONTH!!!!


(3 replies, posted in Guitars and accessories)

So.many.buttons and knobs and plugs and sliders!  wink  Scott, you're pretty techie when it comes to guitars.  I'm always astounded, because I'm over here all "There's a built in tuner and a few knobs on my guitar that don't do anything."  ha ha ha!  I know they do things, but you have to plug it in to make those things work.  I never plug in though.


(8 replies, posted in Songwriting)

Excellent lyrics, as always!  I, like Jim, just read through the words without a tune in mind and without focusing on the chords.  Would love to hear the rhythm now though!  big_smile  Good to pop in here and still see you're doing your thing!


(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

unclejoesband wrote:

Is the patio coming off the entire width of the back of the house?

While we all know MKD very well, you would expect that!  ha ha ha!  Not quite, but it is deffo going to be BIGGER than the average patio.  Go big or go home?  LOL!

Nicely done, Mojo!  I saw a song up in the list there that I might consider attempting to record if I can find a quiet moment around here.  wink  It's good to see things still going strong in the FSOTM forums!  Thanks for keeping things going in here, Jandle.  You're a rock star!


(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Hey all!  I've got some fantastic news!  This year, MKD has decided that I finally get the patio I've been dreaming of the past 10+ years! 

At the moment, it's just a dug out dirt pit... but come August, we should have a nice FLAT place to sit with a few less bugs and plenty of room for the sun canopy tents with a 'normal' sized firepit close enough.  Home ownership is difficult, it seems like it takes forever to get things done.  Truth is though, it takes a lot of money and time to keep up with things that need fixed and to add on the extras.  I'm excited though that things are coming along, and we'll all have a nicer place to relax.  Don't worry... there's still plenty of space for camping tents (I promise, MKD will not turn the ENTIRE yard into patio... but sometimes it feels like he's getting close!  LOL).

Excited to see those of you that will be able to make it here in August!  If you are thinking of coming, but need more details on exact location... drop me an email!  mekidsmom AT gmail DOT com!  big_smile


(9 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Late congrats, TF!  Hope you're getting along well with your move and the new bass!


(9 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

I realize I'm really late to the party here, but.... happy NGD!!  It hasn't been that long, so I think it's still ok to offer the happy feels.  wink  That New Guitar feeling seems to last a good few months anyway.  Hope you're enjoying it, DE!

WOW!  That looks amazing!  Jim, I'm very impressed.  I don't know much about electrics, but I know that takes some serious skill.  I love the headstock and all the work you put into making it all official looking.  big_smile  Amazing!  Are you bringing it to the BYG this year?  wink


(24 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

WB Big Jim!  Glad to be of help!


(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

The first post has been updated with all the fancy shmancy details!  wink  Same as before, only this year a week later.  We Look forward to seeing those of you that can make it!  While the barn is totally gone, I've been piling up winter dead-fall for a few years now.  There's some good dry wood out there.  I don't think we're likely to have another fire like THAT one year. 

JJJ - I do hope Chris can make it, although understand if she can't for reasons... including needing to NOT be stuck on a long trip with you twice in one year.  LOL!  Just remind her that I didn't forget about that cake!

UJB - We'll need to figure out some new method of recording things so there's not so much wind noise.  Editing all those videos was just... apparently... far too big a task for me from last year with my hectic schedule.  I deffo need to take a few more videos and pictures myself this year too.  Or, maybe we'll just get lucky and it won't be breezy (though, the breeze is nice to keep the bugs away). 

TF - I promise, we don't get THAT crazy all the time.  For the most part, it's pretty chill and relaxed.  The one year, Jim just... went a teeny bit overboard with his enjoyment of getting rid of the last of the old barn.  LOL! 

My FAVORITE thing about BYG?  Getting to chit chat with those that I now consider old friends, and getting a wider taste of different guitar playing styles!


(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Ok, since we've got a few stating August works better... AUGUST IT IS!  Make those plans, rent those cabins... or stay with the Zombie Team at the motel... or sleep on the couch... or blow up mattress... or pitch a tent! 

We'll see ya'll in August, and I didn't forget that there needs to be a GIANT CAKE with sparklers for UJB and Chris!  wink


(40 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

We have a date, now the plans....

When:  August 11th
Where: MekidsFamily's backyard in Central NY State
Who:  Local and Chordie Friends

Backyard style gathering - "campfire style"
Acoustic Guitars
Food on the grill
Bon Fire (Jim totally burnt down the barn, so 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 we'll have some drinks to share as well) 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 - we live on a main road without a fence).  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 (Possibilities include: NY Salt Potatoes, NY Sweet Corn, burgers, dogs, sausage, maybe some chili, 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 halfway between Syracuse and Utica.  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!  I'll be planning Vacation time from the Wednesday before the party to the Wednesday after the party.

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.  As we're a stone's throw from Oneida lake, there are also tons of summer camps to rent for a week or a weekend nearby.  We do have a little bit of space inside - a couch 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 or blow up mattress (we have ONE).  All are more than welcome to make their-selves at home inside! 

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... Jim likes to fry up bacon and eggs for breakfast... as those that have been here in the past know, the coffee is always on early in the morning, and hugs from the littlest are free and often.  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.

This first post has been edited to add all the fancy details
The thread for 2017 BYG is located here:  http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=32232
The thread for 2016 BYG is located here:  http://www.chordie.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=29491


(15 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Dirty Ed wrote:


Did you get it at the GC in Syracuse?  I stopped by the GC in Columbus last week while visiting my son.. I really wasn't looking for anything but one guitar just "spoke" to me.  It was an Ibanez AV4CE.  Maybe it was the "torrified", top or just the strings they had on it but now I have a case of GAS. I checked online and the Syracuse store has one.  Tell Jim to give it a try if you're over that way. I'm curious what he thinks about it.  BTW, Musicians Friend has it on sale at 25% off. If I could sell one of my acoustics (even my Martin) I'd jump on it.


We did, indeed.  Found it there, drove to a few of the mom-n-pop shops, but no one had one that sounded quite the same.  We went back to the GC in Syracuse and the one on the wall was the last one they had in stock.  Ibanez AV4CE, we'll have to check that out and let you know!  It's funny, when you just find that new,  must have, guitar and things like our favorite Martins aren't so favorite anymore.  I sometimes wonder if I'll get the Martin back out of the case.  wink


(15 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Thanks for the kind words all. 
UJB, I think you'll really like it!  big_smile  You know I'll be more than happy to pass it around for others to try out. 

Jim's looking to get one of the Martin X series guitars.  wink  He's got one on layaway, but it was "my turn" to get a NGD (he's had a few out of turn already), so I had to get mine first.  LOL!  There's quite a few places here that sell Seagulls.  A lot of the the other Godin guitar brands don't make it down, though.  This one has the "slim" neck width on it.  It's honestly a little thinner width than my Martin at the top, so it's not wide for me at all.  wink  I'm with DE, the wider widths I find easier to play.  I've got a double jointed thumb, and can't really plop my thumb at the back of the neck like you're "supposed" to.  That may have something to do with it. 

I should clarify, Jim didn't pick this one out.  I picked it, he offered to buy it.  We went around to a few shops, but none seemed to have this wood combo and I could hear the difference.  I was trying for a smaller guitar, but just didn't hear the sound in any of the others.  So, we drove quite a few miles in one day and ended up back to GC to pick this up on his insistence.

TIGLJK, ha ha ha.  You make me blush!  I'm working on getting my callouses back, I promise!  I'm not sure I'll ever be "performance" quality, but I have missed playing and singing for sure. 

My songbook needed a good dusting, and in the process I found a couple songs in there I'd written but never really shared.  I'll have to see if I can tweak them enough to make me happy and record.  That could take some time, since a few of them are YEARS old.  It's a start though.


(15 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)


Yeah yeah yeah, I've been fairly absent.  I'm sorry.  I probably will continue to remain a mystery much like many females are (even to ourselves at times).  However, I mentioned that I had a NGD and hadn't gotten around to sharing it.  I feel bad that I don't have more time here, so thought of you all CRAZIES while I recorded this today:

https://soundcloud.com/user-935684483/c … new-guitar

Because my hubby loves me (and he wants a NGD himself), Jim bought me a new guitar that I absolutely fell in love with for Valentines' Day.  Welcome to the new Seagull Entourage Rustic CW QIT!  It's a cedar top and laminated Cherry back and sides.  The action is AMAZING on this guitar and, dare I say it, may become my new go-to over the Martin at half the price.  Crazy.  (see what I did there?)


It's a dread.  It seems like no matter how badly I want to stay away from the size, I just love the sound.... I keep getting drawn to them.  I spent my first night with it on the couch, and the next few days in severe shoulder and resulting back pain (getting old I guess).  I've since added a strap and adjusted my hold.  Things seem to be going well.  LOVE IT!  The linked song above was without a pick, there's just some things you can't do with other guitars without a pick that you can with a dread.  Picking notes out is just a million times better sound.  I love how unique the wood sound is to "all the other spruce tops".


(24 replies, posted in Chordie's Chat Corner)

Congrats and welcome to the Imaginary Pickle Club!