I just love this thread and the people who make it as it is.
Play Music On The Porch Day 2019
Played Music On The Beach -- no porch at our weekend retreat place on Sanibel island. And darn few people. You'd think there was a hurricane warning or something. But Dorian was a very Minor impediment to a fabulous weekend of sun and Gulf waters.
updated by @ken-hulme: 09/02/19 01:55:12PM
Was a nice day, weatherwise, for PMOTPD here just east of Seattle. I got out on the deck and went through all the music I have that I can even remotely play, then improvised for a bit. Saved enough juice to jam with my parrot Waldo indoors a little later, before it was time to start dinner. I had no idea this existed--fun excuse to get out there and play in the fresh air (while we still have nice weather)!
Here is a very short clip of Hazel and I doing Werner Van Rillaer 's "The Artists". It's the only vid I've been successful loading here so far, maybe because it's so short? I fell head-over-heels for this song, and Werner was kind enough to message me a vid of his fingers playing and a pic of his handwritten lyrics. I tune by ear and really struggle to get into DAG, and there is a bit of buzz, but it's so worth the try. This is my Teagan, a Wren by Feather Dulcimer, as well as my favorite!
I know the day is over, but I am still so enjoying reading what y'all did and seeing your pics and vids!!!!! Keep 'em coming!
[edit by Strumelia: sorry Sandi but videos will not play as attachments, so I had to delete it. You'd need to post a link to the video somewhere online instead, and it can then play from here in a post. Perhaps Hazel can help you with this?- I know she's smart about youtube video stuff... lol]
updated by @hugssandi: 09/02/19 11:15:07AM
Lisa, the pick is a new collar stay. It was never in a shirt. A local store had boxes of them for $3 for about 30 stays and collar extenders. The noter is the handle of a foam brush. I just cut off the foam when it was too hard to accept more paint.
"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."
I'm pretty sure this day is my Christmas, and it did NOT disappoint again this year! I put out there that our porch was open from 10AM-10PM, and this is what happened: My husband kicked us off in the morning with a DJ set and some family line dancing. In the afternoon a concertina showed up, followed by a singer/keyboardist. Hazel and I also played violin/dulcimer. An old neighbor showed up who always makes our toy Schoenhard piano sing. Then a guitar/banjo player and his wife stopped by, followed by a couple who sang and played some spoons. A couple more spectator came and listened for an hour, and then another singer. At one point we had to put a bench by the van! Lastly a friend and her daughter who plays flute and uke~she and Hazel played and sang us into the darkness. OH SO GOOD!!!!!
We had sweet tea and lemonade, salsa pinwheels, homemade chocolate chip cookies and brownies from my kids, watermelon, and cheese puffs. OH so many pics to choose from! LOL There are more pics and vids on my fb album.
updated by @hugssandi: 09/01/19 04:11:28PM
So, armed with my trusty dulcimores and my voice, I proceeded in wowing the Woodstock-like crowd with several operatic arias sung with my classically trained baritone voice, and my virtuoso playing........then I woke up from this dream, went outside on my porch and wowed the Woodstock-like crowd of fire ants with my rather less than virtuoso playing, and a voice only a frog would love! Had a Blast!!!!!
Mark your calendars, friends, for the last Saturday in August to join folks around the world heading outdoors (if possible) to make music!
So, Robin, how & when did you first learn of Music On The Porch Day, or did you initiate the world wide movement?
I'm having a dulcimer friend come over and we'll play on my screened in porch. Last year we played on her's. I think this is just the best idea. I love imagining people over the world playing outside, porch or no porch, and sending up music into the universe.
Hope Dorian isn't a problem for you Ken H. Play something in that mode to ward it off. Nina
I'm changing it to Play Music At The Beach Day.
Don't have a porch.
Going to Sanibel Island for Labor Day weekend, where there are miles and miles of white sand beaches.... and beach chairs. If the Dorian Modal Tropical Storm doesn't blow us away, I'll be playing down by the water....
updated by @ken-hulme: 08/27/19 03:17:11PM
This Saturday was the first pleasant Saturday all summer to play on my porch, so I got a head start. Only had a hour to spare but it was time well spent!. Cherokee shuffle, Over the waterfall, Seneca square dance, Boatman, Girl I left behind, Big Sioty, Saint Ann's reel. And some basic noodling, I love noodling...