Posted by: Barbara Evanhoe | December 12, 2010

Friday Night Music ~ Update

It’s hard to believe that last Friday night we performed our fifth show at the campground. Time flies when you’re having fun!

We play from 6-8 p.m., starting our set in the middle of the cook-out which runs from 5-7, and continuing through the sundae bar which is open from 6:30-8.

The audience changes from week to week, depending on how many guests are staying at the campground, but we have developed about a dozen or so faithful “followers” who are here for the season and who show up each week just to hear our music. They have even started to make requests for songs we have done in past shows, and they also challenge us with requests of their favorite songs, which we try to learn for the next show.

I takes us all week to prepare for Friday night…first determining what we will pull from our existing repertoire, then moving on to what new songs we will learn, and then rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing. We try to learn 6 new songs each week, and although most will eventually make it onto the set list, some fall by the wayside if we just can’t make them “happen” the way we would like to.

Our repertoire when we arrived at the campground consisted of classic rock and country, blues, oldies and folk.

As our current audience tends to be older than we are, we find ourselves bringing in more classic country like Bob Wills’ “My Window Faces the South”, and Ray Price’s “Heartaches by the Number”. We’ve also added songs like  “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter”, written by Fred Ahlert and Joe Young, but made famous by “greats” like Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

Our Holiday song choices take the more non-traditional route, as you would expect…a jazzy rendition of “Santa Baby” by me, and an Elvis-style “Blue Christmas” by Keith, for example.

Earlier this year we purchased a digital recorder, in hopes that we could share some of our music on the blog. After much effort, we are finally figuring out the recorder, and would like to move on to serious recording over the next few months.

Don’t hold your breath ~ it’s a lot of work, and you know how us “retired” folks shy away from anything that resembles work ~ but we do have plans to gift you with some music, though it may not make it in time for this year’s holiday season.

Our efforts do appear to have paid off in more ways than one…a couple who manage a campground in Florida, New York, heard one of our shows, liked what they heard, and have offered us a job at their campground over the summer, as workampers and musicians.

We couldn’t really ask for a situation more perfectly suited to our goals, so we may just end up accepting their offer!

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