So here is what we decided to do with regard to our upcoming performances. (Please forgive the businesslike listings, but my old habits are kicking in.)
1. At least initially, we will be meeting every Sunday afternoon at the Prairie Rose from 1 to 3 in the afternoon. Bring a music stand and your uke.
Note: these might change depending on any other activities at the village.
2. I will make up song books and bring them to the first meeting, this Sunday. You will keep them so you can practice unfamiliar songs at home, If any changes are made to our set list, you will have to keep your book up to date. Some of the song sheets in the book are copies of pages from a fake book so I cannot send out the songs electronically.
3. Some of the songs have the lyrics in "hymnal" format and if this proves to be a problem, I will redo the sheet and send it to you.
4. I hope to keep the total cost of the ring binder and printing of all the sheets to $5
5. Can'n, Rex and I will book one weekend day during December for a performance day. It could be either Saturday or Sunday afternoon, but not both. Preferably 2 locations in one day, close to each other to reduce transit times between gig locations. This will give is a total of 6 locations. We might go to upscale independent living places or nursing homes where some of the audience may be in beds. All will welcome us.
6. We have scheduled practices for every Sunday in November. Since this month includes Thanksgiving, we may have to "tweak" practice days in that part of the month.
7. Lastly, it takes a bit of work to get an hour's worth of material down. You may recall Helen mentioning we should be practicing twice a month to get polished. So please work on the songs at home. Use a metronome if you have one.
As for the future, we mentioned getting on a Tulsa transit bus some afternoon, going to a flea market or farmers market. Get a good set down and we can be in any of the many festivals around the area w/o much new effort.
Valentine's Day is coming up in February, but it might be too close to Christmas to get a program for that special day. But we already have a number of songs in our quiver -- Ain't She Sweet, 5'2, Your Sixteen -- just to mention a few. And there are some songs with humor -- "If my nose was running money" and "I met my gal in the porta potti line", to mention a couple more (but probably not the latter one)
Cap'n mentioned renting the Spotlight Theater for an afternoon and getting some publicity for it via TV and the print media. Wendy mentioned the Troubadour's Emporium and I think that Bryan (the owner) would be glad for us to do a few songs as an opener for one of his weekend evening shows.
Wendy will be at the Jazz Depot in a couple months, so we will have to get a table there for her show.
So there is some enthusiasm growing for stretching beyond simple club jams. For now, lets concentrate on the Christmas program.
Remember this is for fun, our enjoyment, and the enjoyment of the listener.
Four Fingers, Four Strings, For Fun