I am so sorry that I have been gone for so long. I really thought that I would have been caught up and finished with my extra projects long before now.
I am hoping to have some time to create more videos for next week. I have also been asked to create a podcast with my friend Eric Bushman. I think the first one will be very short and sweet and we’ll see how it goes from there.
I should also be live streaming our Make’m Sing shows on Wednesday nights from 9 pm to Midnight Central time starting this week. Hopefully the technology won’t let me down and we can get it set up and running Wednesday night.
I should have the streaming located here on the webpage for those that want to watch. I’ve been asked for it and Shanahan’s was nice enough to let us try it out and see how it goes.
I am really hoping to have all of projects that I have been helping out on completed by the end of the week so that I can get back to making some videos. Teaching over Skype is fun, but I also love the little bit of time that it takes to create the videos.
After that, I’m going to see Bruno get inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame!
See you all soon.
I’m sorry folks that I’ve been gone for so long. The good news is that I should be back next Monday and hopefully I am not out as long as I was this time.
It’s been a busy couple of months and Joel and I have been performing every week and having a blast. This week should see the last of my extra duties and everything should be back to normal. I’ve really missed making the videos and I can’t wait until I have the cameras rolling again.
Once again, I am sorry that I was away for so long, but I have a hard time saying no to old friends.
Take care, take it easy and I’ll be back next Monday!
I started writing this last week and time just slipped away from me and I wasn’t able to complete it. Last week was a really great week. I didn’t know it while it was happening, but it was all around a really, really wonderful week.
Like I posted a month ago, I had to change my schedule around to help out a friend and I have been constantly exhausted and unable to get anything I want to get done, accomplished. I was so run down and tired that by Wednesday afternoon, I could feel a terrible cold and sore throat coming on.
I was scared to death that I wouldn’t be able to perform that night and I knew that there was no way that I could carry the sound equipment into the pub without help. Usually Joel shows up just in time to tune up and plug in and I was terrified that I wouldn’t be ready in time. On Wednesdays, I jump straight into my car from work, head to the pub, unload everything and set up the sound system so that we are ready to go by 9 pm.
The ladies at Shanahan’s are great and they always take time to say hello and open up the back door so I can carry everything in. This time, I pulled into the parking lot and wondered how I was going to be able to physically carry everything into the bar and then set it up. I was really not up to the task and I was trying to figure out a way to circumvent my sore throat and general weakness.
I turned off my car, grabbed my phone and decided that I would just have to lug in one piece at a time until it was all done. As soon as stepped out of the car, Joel walked up and said “Do you need a hand?” I could have cried on the spot if I wasn’t a full grown man in the parking lot of an Irish pub. Needless to say, God answered my prayers and Joel took the lion’s share of the equipment into the bar and in no time at all we were ready to play.
I was still not feeling well and was full of trepidations about how well the show would turn out as we finished our sound check. Prayer number two was answered when Joel’s cousin Joe showed up and put a Guinness in my hand. I was still feeling under the weather but just the kindness of the gift made me feel better. By the time that we were on our fourth song and I was on my second Guinness, I wasn’t feeling ill anymore. I was feeling pretty good and it wasn’t the alcohol, it was the sharing of the music with Joel and just plain old fun that made me feel better.
We finished the show, I packed up my car and instead of heading off to bed as usual, I stayed up and watched a movie. I got up about 3 hours later and I wasn’t sick anymore. I was tired and my voice as a little horse, but I felt good. I am as tired as an Egyptian pack mule right now, but I know that by the end of tomorrow night, things will be looking better!
Don’t’ let things get you down and worry about what you can’t control. Say a prayer, have some faith and just have fun!
I’ll see you all soon!
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I hope that everyone had a great weekend and even better Veteran’s Day! My plan was to be creating and uploading video lessons this week, but things changed very quickly.
I have a dear friend who is having health problems so I am taking over some students for the next couple of weeks until the we have the medical clearance.
It’s been fun and it means that my free time is now at zero, except for Sunday night. I had to move some students around so that I could take at least one half day off of work. I am planning on watching Survivor Series Sunday night with Amber and enjoying myself.
Joel and I will be performing live tomorrow night at Shanahan’s Pub in Downers Grove, IL starting at 9 pm. We are there until midnight and then I have a couple of lessons until I finally hit the bed and start all over again. If you are in the area, stop by Shanahan’s and have a pint or two with us and sing along.
I’ll be in touch.
The Folk Song Of The Week this time is a frailing banjo lesson for I Shall Not Be Moved. This is a great old spiritual and I’m glad that it was requested. Don’t worry about finding the melody, because this song was meant to be sung!
Have fun with it and keep it in your bag of tricks for a sing a long!
Glory [G]hallelujah, [D7]I shall not be moved;
Anchored in Jehovah, [G]I shall not be moved;
Just like a [C]tree that’s planted by the [G]waters,
I shall [D7]not be [G]moved.
I shall not be, I shall not be moved,
I shall not be, I shall not be moved;
Just like a tree that’s planted by the waters,
I shall not be moved.
In his love abiding, I shall not be moved;
And in Him confiding, I shall not be moved; etc.
Tho all hell assail me, I shall not be moved;
Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved; etc.
Tho the tempest rages, I shall not be moved;
On the Rock of Ages, I shall not be moved; etc.
The Irish Pub Song Of The Day is a frailing banjo lesson for The Leaving Of Liverpool. This is one of my favorite songs. It’s sounds so old and traditional, but wasn’t written until the 1960′s. It’s just three chords, but so much fun.
[G]Farewell to you my [C]own true [G]love,
I am going far,far a[D7]way,
I am [G]bound for Cali[C]forni[G]a,
And I know that I’ll re[D7]turn some [G]day.
So [D]fare thee well my [C]own true [G]love,
When I return united we will [D7]be,
Its not the [G]leaving of Liverpool that [C]grieves [G]me,
But my darling when I [D7]think of [G]thee.
I have slipped on board a Yankee ship
Davey Crockett is her name,
And her captain it is Burgees,
And they say that she’s a floating hell.
I have sailed with Burgess once before,
And I think I know him well,
If a man’s a salor he will get along,
If not then he’s sure for hell.
Oh the sun is in the harbour love,
And I wish I could remain,
For I know it will be a long,long time,
Before I see you again.
I had a lot of requests to show a frailing banjo lesson for I’ll Fly Away in the key of D. I really love to play frailing banjo in the key of D out of open G tuning. It’s a lot of fun and this is a great song to do it in.
Play along and have fun. Sing the song and strum and then try to find the melody after you are comfortable with how the song goes.
[D]SOME GLAD MORNIN’ WHEN THIS LIFE IS O’R
[G]I’LL FLY [D]AWAY
TO MY HOME ON GOD’S CELESTIAL SHORE
[A]I’LL FLY [D]AWAY
[D]I’LL FLY AWAY, OH GLORY
[G]I’LL FLY [D]AWAY IN THE MORNING
WHEN I DIE, HALLELUJAH BY AND BY
[A]I’LL FLY [D]AWAY
WHEN THE SHADOWS OF THIS LIFE HAVE GONE
I’LL FLY AWAY
LIKE A BIRD FROM PRISON BARS HAS FLOWN
I’LL FLY AWAY
OH, HOW GLAD AND HAPPY WHEN WE MEET
I’LL FLY AWAY
NO MOR COLD IRON SHACKLES ON MY FEET
I’LL FLY AWAY