Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sing Alongs

We played the Beanstalk 10 Year Anniversary Festival yesterday and it was a hoot. We followed a cover band playing country line dancing music.
I'm always apprehensive following bands that have drummers and bass players. Our show is acoustic and is normally stuff that no one has ever hard before, but I felt like we held our own.
Afterwards we were invited to play at the home of one of Jilda's childhood friends. They reconnected in 2010 after 40 years. She is a delightful woman.
Then in January her husband died in a small plane crash in Birmingham. Obviously she was devastated. But her family and a core of close friends rallied around.
The gathering last night was for just a few friends. She prepared chili, tocos, and other stuff. One of her friends baked something she called pumpkin crack.
I was a little hesitant to try it, but after the first bite, I knew exactly how it got the name.
After dinner, we retired to the living room and everyone got in a circle. She plays guitar and sings. After Jilda and I sang a couple of our songs, she nervously played a song she'd been practicing. She did a really good job. I'd never heard her before, but I was impressed.
We started playing old songs and soon the crowd joined in singing Country Roads (John Denver), City of New Orleans (Steve Goodman), Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett) and many more.
At one point while I was playing, I looked around and everyone had a smile on their faces. No one was judging whether someone was singing on key, or if the timing was right.
We were all simply making a joyful noise and I'm not sure there is a better way to have fun (with your clothes on).
Tomorrow is Halloween. Y'all have a spooky week.

Phil Campbell is about 1,000 votes out of first. This is the last week so I hope you all will stay with me on this. Vote Here.


  1. Anonymous8:36 PM

    I love singalongs...when the singing is really loud and exuberant then I can sing too and no one notices that I can't carry a tune.

  2. I'm a terrible singer, gatherings such as yours are where I can let it go :-)

  3. Sounds like a really nice evening. It's nice to have friends like that.
    And I think I need friends who play music like you two:))

  4. I cannot sing or play an instrument but that sure sounds like a great time with friends.
    Happy Halloween!

  5. What a lovely way to spend with friends and to remember your friend's husband too.

    Have a great Halloween - off I go to vote! Take care

  6. I love acoustic bands so would have loved to have been there joyfully singing along too...and snacking on the pumpkin crack!!! ha!

  7. Fun to hang out with friends. And play music together would be so much better.

  8. To have fun wi your clothes on... That's cute!

    Happy Halloween Sir Rick! and Miss Jilda!


  9. I love moments when you can take a breath and just enjoy. Life at its fullest!

  10. Isn't it nice to just be amongst people having genuine fun? That's an awesome post. Sounds like you guys had a great time. Hugs!

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