annathepiper: (Aubrey and Maturin Duet)

In which Kelsey gets to join us since she’s on Christmas break from school; in which we have a special evening Jam just because it’s Longest Night; and in which we finish up with tasty homemade pita bread pizzas! Songs: “The Only Son”, “Goin’ Up”, “Old Black Rum”, “Pirate Bill and Squidly”, “Ferryland Sealer”, “Shout at the Desert”, “Elf Glade”, “Lukey”, “The Night Pat Murphy Died”.

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annathepiper: (Great Amurkian Novel 2)

In which Kelsey gets to join us since she’s on Christmas break from school; in which we have a special evening Jam just because it’s Longest Night; and in which we finish up with tasty homemade pita bread pizzas! Songs: “The Only Son”, “Goin’ Up”, “Old Black Rum”, “Pirate Bill and Squidly”, “Ferryland Sealer”, “Shout at the Desert”, “Elf Glade”, “Lukey”, “The Night Pat Murphy Died”.

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annathepiper: (Bodhran Sean)

In which we have only four, count ‘em, four of us present for music; in which we break in a GBS song we haven’t done before; and in which we break in a new song of userinfosolarbird’s as well. Songs: “Concerning Charlie Horse”, “Captain Kidd”, “Come to the Labyrinth”, “America in Amber”.

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In which we have only four, count ‘em, four of us present for music; in which we break in a GBS song we haven’t done before; and in which we break in a new song of userinfosolarbird’s as well. Songs: “Concerning Charlie Horse”, “Captain Kidd”, “Come to the Labyrinth”, “America in Amber”.

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annathepiper: (Whistling Bob)

I know I haven’t been properly keeping up with the last couple of Jam Reports, and this is me trying to get caught up on that! Since it’s been a while since the last couple of Jams, all I have to offer is brief notes on the actual songs we played, so I’ll go ahead and make notes of those here. We’re currently talking about when the next Jam will be, some time in December, and hopefully when that happens I’ll return to serious Jam reporting.

Songs for the 10/18/09 Jam: “Getting Away With It”, “Captain Kidd”, “Chickies in the House”, “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate”, “Elf Glade”, “Dancing With Mrs. White”, “Billy Peddle”, “Mari-Mac”, “Stars”

Songs for the 11/1/09 Jam: “Come to the Labyrinth”, “Pirate Bill”, “Elf Glade”, “Chickies in the House/Duncan’s Dance”, “Goin’ Up”, “The Last Saskatchewan Pirate”, “John Waits Polka”, “The Road to Lisdoonvarna”, “Brian Boru”, “Butterfly Jig”, “Nonesuch”

Some generally fun things to note here:

“Getting Away With It” is a newer one of userinfosolarbird’s, and is a song about super-villainy! Which is of course appropriate, given that Dara is a super-villain.

“Come to the Labyrinth” was brought into rotation by request; it’s one of userinfos00j’s, and turned out to be fairly easy once Dara found the chords for it online. The guitar line is dead simple–all the interest here is in the complex layering of the vocals. When the group’s at suitable strength, thankfully, we have more than adequate vocal power to pull this off. We’ll be coming back to this one, I suspect.

Y’all may notice quite a bit of instrumentals in the last couple of rotations. This has particularly appealed to userinfodoragoon, who asked me for pointers to the various bits of GBS instrumental goodness, and I am of course all over that. But we also broke out my mandolin fakebook to give Dara and Molly both a quick and dirty introduction to how to play “Nonesuch”. I really do need to remember to whip that fakebook out more often; it’s a handy resource. It’s also chock full of all kinds of instrumentals that would be fun to explore in Jam.

On a similar note we also tried to make a serious run at playing through not only “Chickies in the House”, but also its companion pieces, “Napoleon’s Rant” and “Duncan’s Dance”. My eventual goal here is of course to be able to play the whole trio through without stopping, but I think it’ll be a while before we catch up with Tricky Pixie in our ability to do that!

I can also note of course that the last Jam’s pie, in favor of the holiday season approaching, was pumpkin. And as I recall, it was pretty darned tasty.

Watch this space for further Jam goodness, and very possibly, a special Solstice edition of a Jam report! Also? Now that I can play it, I am totally going to be bringing in “Concerning Charlie Horse”!

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annathepiper: (Whistling Bob)

In which I celebrate the hitting of a deadline by resuming Jam; in which we have a brand new Jammer and fellow GBS fan showing up to join us; in which we have a bit of an audience with my visiting friend from Norway; and in which we break in some stuff we’ve never played before, go us! Songs: “Ferryland Sealer”, “Mari-Mac”, “Cap in Hand”, “Skullcrusher Mountain”, “Goin’ Up”, “Dryad’s Promise”, “Captain Kidd”.

This was the first Jam we had in some time, although not quite as long as it’s been since my last Jam Report post–because I was a lame-o and never did post a proper report for the last one. This is me attempting to do better this time, especially since this was a particularly fine Jam!

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annathepiper: (Musical Spock)

In which we have a tiny Jam but a huge Jam’s worth of tasty snacks; in which we expand our musical horizons by breaking out a little Queen; and in which we celebrate the new Trek flick by breaking out the most infamous filk song there is. Songs: “By and By”, “Captain Kidd”, “Goin’ Up”, “Elf Glade, “‘39″, “Outbirds”, “Stars”, “Banned from Argo”.

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Next Jam: we don’t know yet! The rest of May is full of important weekend events, not the least of which will be Folklife, so we’re not jamming again until some time in June. Watch this space for updates. And tasty baked goods. Because mmmmm cake.

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annathepiper: (Whistling Bob)
In which we make up for not having jammed for a whole month with a vengeance; in which the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] mamishka rejoins us from her sojourn in the East; in which [livejournal.com profile] sutures1 also returns with her much-missed dulcimer; and in which new folk join us! Songs: "Elf Glade", "Thought You Knew", "Mari-Mac", "Brian Boru", "Road to Lisdoonvarna", "Staten Island", "Lukey", "Captain Kidd", "The Night Pat Murphy Died", "Chemical Worker's Song", "Trois Navires de Ble".

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Next Jam is the 10th. Look for the word from your faithful Jam Reporter then!
annathepiper: (Folk Singer)
In which I apparently spaced completely on posting the Jam Report from 3/1, so this one skips numbering; in which I really don't have the vocal muscle for "Mari-Mac" yet; in which zombies make yet another appearance; and in which I get the delivery of the final chord of "Stars" right on the dot. Songs: "Mari-Mac", "Fine Brains for Zombies", "The Chemical Worker's Song (Process Man)", "Duncan's Dance", "Elf Glade", "Pirate Bill and Squidly", "Stars".

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Next Jam will be April 5th. As always, if any locals would like to come by and hang out for casual music and pie, let me know!
annathepiper: (Bodhran Sean)
In which [livejournal.com profile] solarbird, [livejournal.com profile] cflute, [livejournal.com profile] pocketnaomi, and I hold a tiny but quite effective Jam, and in which it is an afternoon of new instruments all around, including violin and piano! Songs: "Captain Kidd", "Brian Maru", "Duncan's Dance", "Clockwork Waltz", "Cherry Tree Station", "Stars".

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The next Jam is again in three weeks by Callie and Naomi's request, since they're about to get hit with a very busy schedule. So we're aiming for March 1st. As always, any locals on my Friends list want to come by, ping me. There's always room for more. Special note for next time, though: Callie and Naomi are hosting!
annathepiper: (Bitchin' Bass Murray)
In which we have two waves of jamming as folks show up, in which Naomi breaks in a new and nifty song, and in which Billy Bragg is too awesome for my guitar. Songs: "Goin' Up", "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate", "Stars", "You Woke Up My Neighborhood", "Least of My Kind", "Elf Glade", "Nemesis", "The Chemical Worker's Song (Process Man)", "Will You Come Back Home?", "You Woke Up My Neighborhood" (round 2), "Mononoke Neko".

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Next Jam is February 8th, since Conflikt is coming up. More music to come in three weeks!
annathepiper: (Maturin Cello)
In which those of us available post-Christmas have us a Jam to further break in the newer guitars; in which I break out "Old Black Rum" to do something else in D; and in which [livejournal.com profile] pocketnaomi gets comfier with "Elf Glade" vocals. Songs: "Captain Kidd", "Old Black Rum", "Elf Glade", "Chemical Worker's Song (Process Man)", "Lukey".

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Next Jam and the first of 2009 is January 11. As always, if any of y'all reading this want in on the Jam, RSVP by dropping a comment and letting me know you're coming so we know how much pie to get!
annathepiper: (Alan Bouzouki)
In which [livejournal.com profile] kendaer and [livejournal.com profile] pocketnaomi take another couple rounds breaking in their new guitars; in which [livejournal.com profile] solarbird and I are seized by the irresistible urge to Bring It; in which I still can't sing "Lukey" in G even if I can play the chords in my sleep; and in which I inch ever closer to being badassed enough for "Elf Glade". Songs: "Captain Kidd", "Duncan's Dance", "Lukey", "Goin' Up", "Process Man", "Elf Glade".

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The next Jam is tentatively pencilled in for the 28th, the first weekend after Christmas. A mini-Jam is expected, but any of you local types out there with instruments are welcome to show if you're around. Just give me a heads up if you want to join in!
annathepiper: (Aubrey and Maturin Duet)
In which we have a small but surprisingly guitar-heavy Jam today; in which [livejournal.com profile] kendaer and [livejournal.com profile] pocketnaomi get a chance to practice chord changes; and in which I learn that it's hard to channel Alan Doyle slowly. Songs: "Captain Kidd", "Process Man", "Elf Glade", "When You Leave", "Artifacts You'll Never See", "Zombie Taylor".

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Next Jam's going to be in three weeks, since next week is Orycon, and the week after is the weekend after American Thanksgiving, so everybody in the jamming group is likely to be in a turkey coma. So we'll meet again on December 7th. Anybody wants in I'm not already emailing about this, sing out!
annathepiper: (Bitchin' Bass Murray)
In which we again have a fairly tiny Jam, but we don't let that stop us; in which we're mostly instrumental, but that's quite okay; and in which I am not up to snuff as Emergency Backup Mimi! Songs: "Goin' Up", "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate", "Stars", "Duncan's Dance", "Napoleon's Rant", "Banish Misfortune / Lark in the Morning / Butterfly Priest", "Heather's Hound", "Elf Glade", "Chemical Worker's Song", "Captain Kidd".

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Next Jam is tentatively scheduled for 11/2, to keep the weekend before Halloween free for interesting scheduling purposes. We may have amusing Halloween-y musical news before then, though; watch this space for more.
annathepiper: (Aubrey and Maturin Duet)
In which this Jam Report is only a little late, which is pretty awesome for someone on medical leave; in which everybody but me gets to drive our song choices by my request; and in which I am pretty much a mess but hey, I did at least get in some guitar. Songs: "Mononoke Neko", "Chemical Worker's Song (Process Man)", "Captain Kidd", "Elf Glade", "Goin' Up/Pirate Bill Snippet", "Zombie Taylor", "Least of My Kind", "Stars", "Pirate Bill and Squidly".

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The next Jam is tentatively scheduled for the 12th. Hope to see folks then!
annathepiper: (Musical Jack)
In which astute readers will notice that I actually didn't report on the last Jam, oh well; in which there is quite a bit of piratical goodness; in which in no small part this is the All Requests Jam; and in which we have the debut of one of [livejournal.com profile] solarbird's new songs in Jam as well as a track off the new GBS album. Songs: "Captain Kidd", "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate", "Chemical Worker's Song", "Mari-Mac", "Stars", "The Shanty Formerly Known as General Taylor", "Pirate Bill and Squidly", "Straight to Hell".

I completely spaced on doing a jam report for the previous session, for no real good reason. So this is me trying to make sure to get one written out today, post-jam, before I forget to do it. And, because he hasn't shown up in the icon rotation in a while, y'all get Musical Jack this time.

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Next Jam is tentatively scheduled for the 28th, since Dara actively vetoes trying to Jam on the 21st--the first Sunday after my surgery. We'll see how I hold up by the 28th. It would sit well with me to do "Straight to Hell" once more in Jam before I go to see my B'ys do it right.
annathepiper: (Bitchin' Bass Murray)
In which summer schedules give us a somewhat reduced group, but in which we nevertheless have extremely tasty key lime pie; in which we play "Mari-Mac" faster than Great Big Sea, which is to say, way too damned fast; in which we explore how to up the zombie quotient in a zombie shanty; and in which we throw in some frog lyrics for good measure. Songs: "Chemical Worker's Song (Process Man)", "The Shanty Formerly Known as General Taylor", "The Clockwork Waltz", "Mari-Mac", "Hot Frogs on the Loose", "Pirate Bill and Squidly", "Captain Kidd".

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Next Jam: August 3rd!
annathepiper: (GBS Zombies)
In which I get back in gear with the Jam Reporting now that I have my brain back, more or less; in which we have a noticeably reduced session just because of the heat, but also because of a few conflicting plans; in which [livejournal.com profile] pocketnaomi joins us on some singing; and in which I break out the piccolo for the first time in ages. Songs: "The Clockwork Waltz", "The Shanty Formerly Known As General Taylor", "Captain Kidd", "Mari-Mac", "Chemical Worker's Song", "Pirate Bill and Squidly".

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This is of course Jam #77, since Jams #74, 75, and 76 went unreported. For those of you keeping track, the next Jam will be July 13th!
annathepiper: (Something Beautiful)
Just to pay appropriate note to the various and sundry other things that have been going on in my life:

Jam Reports. There have not been Jam Reports for the last couple of Jams, and I apologize in advance, but there will probably not be. I just haven't been focused enough to get proper Jam Reports written. However, it is worth noting that there is much promise with GBS' "Chemical Worker's Song" with the current set of voices. [livejournal.com profile] cflute in particular has some very impressive harmonies coming together for that, and [livejournal.com profile] kendaer is feeling some potential for rumbling out the lead on this on days when [livejournal.com profile] mamishka isn't available.

On a related note, [livejournal.com profile] solarbird and I went to go visit [livejournal.com profile] stealthcello this past Friday night, which was made entirely of Win. She and her family have a lovely home full of lovely large Maine Coon cats as well as six two-week-old kittens, with whom we visited as well and ZOMG TINY KITTENS. Dara shared some of the music she's been working on, and Betsy answered with some of hers, and me, I was impressed by Betsy's shiny new black carbon-body guitar.

One giggleworthy moment of the evening: Dara hitting a chord on the mandolin and announcing that that sounded like "ass minor". Betsy's daughter lost it laughing, and Betsy herself pondered the question of what precisely "ass" sounds like. Dara's response, entirely inevitably: "Here, pull my finger!"

I will also not be doing review posts for the most recent BSG and Doctor, again because short on general levels of cope. I will however say that the most recent BSG was quite solid. We actually haven't watched the most recent Doctor yet, but will hopefully be getting that in soon.

Current book on the queue: [livejournal.com profile] desperance's Bridge of Dreams, which I have scarcely begun, but already I am impressed by the liquid rhythm of the prose.

And because I could, I went and got RAM upgrades for both my MacBook and Dara's. Now Winnowill and Kiliandra both are at 2 GB, though I have observed that I'm still taxing the CPU a bit if I try to do too many things at once. Less so than before, granted, but the problem hasn't entirely gone away.

Working on listening to [livejournal.com profile] s00j's Sirens, to be followed up by [livejournal.com profile] vixyish and [livejournal.com profile] tfabris's Thirteen. I have however also squeezed in Capercaillie's shiny brand new album Roses and Tears, as well as Nickel Creek's first album, since I've been meaning to listen to them for ages. This marks the first official time I have ever purchased an album calling itself country. However, listening to it, I find it definitely upholds the Alexander James Adams Principle of Celtic and Country Music, to wit: same music, different whiskey. ;)

Dara and I are planning our assault on Folklife this weekend and we are for once actually looking at doing three of the four days. We definitely want to hit the Celtic Band Scramble on Saturday, but there are things that interest us quite a bit on Sunday and Monday as well. I'm thinkin', a great big (not to be confused with Great Big) glorious burst of Folklife just before surgery should be a good way to get ready.

And, it has occurred to me that as I am about to be lying flat on my ass for two weeks, I can finally read Deathly Hallows.

And have another Movie Suckoff. Because there will be another Movie Suckoff, oh my yes.

Last but most definitely not least: tomorrow night, JONES. Meeting [livejournal.com profile] casirafics and [livejournal.com profile] mamishka for the midnight show at the Cinerama, and there will be much fangirling. What can I say. There are only a few people in the world that can really get me to fangirl, but Harrison Ford is one of them.

And, just because I haven't done this in ages, here's an exercise update as well. I am now on my way back to Hobbiton!

Miles since April 5th: 107.6
Miles out of Hobbiton: 2863.8
Miles out of Minas Tirith: 26.8
Miles to Hobbiton: 1598.2

ETA 10:42pm: Oh yes, I forgot to mention: my Ubuntu VM problem has been solved thanks to help from [livejournal.com profile] blargh. The issue seemed to be that VMWare was confused by my machine's having both a CD-ROM and DVD drive, and when I changed the VM settings to tell it not to auto-detect a drive, it started behaving. So now I have a functional Ubuntu VM to use as a test platform at work. Go me! And thanks, Traest. :)

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