Virtual Open Mic

August 12th #virtualopenmic is on the air!!! Within the next 24 hours this post will fill up with music from this marvelous community! Invite your musician friends to join us! ... See MoreSee Less


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here's something a little different for me .. a cover of First Aid Kit's "My Silver Lining" - always amazed with young artists who can write songs with perspective way beyond their years .. similar to when John Prine's wrote Hello In There .. anyway here it .. enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

Sharing an original song:

Forever In Blue Jeans (Neil Diamond)

Dixie Chicken - Lowell George and Fred Martin

Here's an upcoming birthday tribute video to Freddie Mercury. I'm only human! There's a little surprise at the end.

This one is from Toy Story - Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got A Friend In Me”.

Here's "Gravity" by John Mayer. Thanks for watching!

Here’s another CCR first run through Down on the Corner See what happens half way through when a rabbit ran by!

I got a little emotional singing this one ๐ŸŽค๐ŸŽน this is Phil Collins' 'Against All Odds'

Two Broadway Covers Jesus Christ Superstar - A.Weber - 1973 Impossible Dream - J.Darion & M.Leigh - 1965

And so ends another great episode of our Virtual Open Mic!! So much soul on a Wednesday! Really, go check it out!

Elton John/Rocket Man

So far, I’ve submitted 26 songs. So far, all have been by Canadian songwriters. I’m breaking the streak today with a song by Harry Chapin, one the great storytellers of every day life. This is a cover of “I Wanna Learn a Love Song”.

I Can’t Stop Thinking of You (cover)

The Rolling Stones/ Wild Horses

One of my personal favorites "The Valley of Shadow" by Gregory Swain. Second cd is in the works, till then you can download or listen online to the first :) Also if you are looking for some summer reading, Gregory has a bunch of stories written in the liner and on his site. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

August 9th #virtualopenmic is ready for you and all your musical goodness! You have 24 hours!โฌ‡๏ธโ˜ฎ ... See MoreSee Less


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Here's my cover of Neil Young's Down By The River .. enjoy..

Barefoot Boogie. original song.

The Byrds/Eight Miles High.

Now for something completely different - the Tragically Hip’s “Bobcaygeon” on octave mandolin (aka Irish Bouzouki), because why not? The looper is a JamMan.

"Driver take away my worries of today, and leave tomorrow behind." - Gary Wright

The Byrds/Mr.Tambourine Man

Back to familiar territory with another Lightfoot song, but with the not so familiar Gretsch Electromatic. This is a cover of “Blackberry Wine”.

Bad Moon Arising ! CCR Yollick family singers featuring Gail Missy and Adam The group is constantly getting bigger We’re looking for a tour bus to go to open mics when they resume๐Ÿ˜€

Taylor Swift is no doubt one of the best and most versatile artists of my generation (from country to pop and now alternate) though I wanted to share with you all one of her older songs which is one of my favorites (that I think is under rated). Featuring Ed Sheeran, this is 'Everything Has Changed'.

Porch picking this afternoon - here’s Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town.” People may know some of the many covers, including versions by Rod Stuart and The Pogues.

Amazing talent and variety of music right here in our YROM VOM! Share with all your fans!! "Stupid" by Sarah McLachlan, weird filters by me ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Two Cover Songs - One about Sunday, One about Monday Sunday Morning Coming Down - Kris Kristopherson I Don't Like Mondays - B.Geldof & J.Fingers

Gregory Swain and Jonathan Ison (Treeline Roots) playing "Ballad of the Invisible Man" from the first cd ๐Ÿ’ฟ

One of my favourite Dire Straits tunes...

one of my daughter's favourites at the moment - Jealous by Labrinth - please enjoy!

We're doing a 90's THEMED SHOW!!!!! Tune in and request your favourites!!!

L’Italiano (cover)

August 5th #virtualopenmic is on the air (or web) Join us for 24 hours of posting and sharing and just a great community feeling! โฌ‡๏ธโ˜ฎ๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโ˜ฏ๏ธ ... See MoreSee Less


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here's my cover of Neil Young's The Needle and The Damage Done .. this is the first song I learned to pick and it took a long time :)



I remember as a young kid hearing lonesome freight train whistles crying far off in the night. For me, this old folk song by Hedy West seems to hold the same sadness.

A song submission from our non Facebook using friend Tom Bechtel :)

Cinnamon Girl I dream of her in pictures

"Porch Piano Performance" with Donavon LeNabat is back!!! We haven't played outside in a week! Did you miss us?๐Ÿ˜› Join us for 90 minutes of musical fun, with an audience!!! Support live music! ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ Share this link, post to your wall. Thanks so much!!๐Ÿ™โค๐Ÿ™โค๐Ÿ™

No Lightfoot cover today, but I think he would call this one a real “toe-tapper”! This is Blue Rodeo’s “Hasn’t Hit Me Yet”. ๐ŸŽถ

Two Steve Goodman songs. City of New Orleans - You Never Even Call Me By My Name. 'cause I've really been into Steve Goodman lately

Oops Wrong version posted Here’s CCR Gail Mike and Adam

Here is my take of Elton John's 'Your Song'

I can see clearly now ( cover)

Here’s Dobie Gray’s Drift Away...

John Prine’s “Iron Ore Betty” was on his Bruised Orange album.

This is me playing Play That Funky Music.

Wonderful Wednesday YROM VOM! Nothing better than music from our community! Share with all your friends! Peace!

Second time back and my bday today. Here's a second song by me.

Here's a tribute to ROBIN Williams on his 6th death anniversary. Robin was one of the world's best-loved actors and comedians. I called this "Ode to Robin Williams". Hope you enjoy this

Dare to dream (original) by Sabrina Barreto (my daughter)

Here’s my cover of Denis Quaid

"When The Wind Blows" by Gregory Swain, because every great folk artist needs a song with "Wind" in the title! :)

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Here's a cover of Neil Young's On The Way Home - another one of my favourites ๐Ÿ˜‚ -

Robbie Robertson wrote and recorded this song in 1987, but it may be Rod Stewart’s 1991 version which most people are familiar with. I’ve switched it around a bit...hope you like it. This is a cover of “Broken Arrow”.

Happy Sunday .. Here's my cover of Owl City's "In Christ Alone". I like this version because of the 2 key changes but it was a bit of a challenge for me because of my narrow voice range. Hope you enjoy this

Never Give Up Your Dreams!

Light my fire {cover]

And another original using a looper - written for my wife the first year we were together, it’s called “You’re The One”

Janis , origonal song.

Two Covers Whoppie-Ti-Yi-Yo and Walk on the Wild Side Two folk songs from totally different communities -- I did change the lyric from 'all the coloured girls sing" to "hollarback girls sing' to update the song a little for the 2020s

I will admit, this song grew on me! This is Joni Mitchell's 'The Circle Game'

Here's "Two" by Ryan Adams.

It's a mad world.

One of the rare covers Gregory Swain does :) "The Way I Feel" by Gordon Lightfoot!

Last Hope by Paramore ๐Ÿ’š

We are learning and growing together, as musicians, as a community, and as humans. My hope is that our YROM VOM is your respite, it is for me! Create, watch, support, and SHARE! "Blind Faith" by Chase & Status

July 29th #virtualopenmic is open for your music! You have 24 hours to post! Yay music!! โฌ‡๏ธโฌ‡๏ธโ˜ฎ๐ŸŽผ ... See MoreSee Less


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Hey, it’s Alexis!! I thought...that’s enough! Let’s put something up already! ANYTHING!!๐Ÿ˜„ So here it is... Plini’s Selenium Forest - first solo.

Two Great Friends by Bryan Charendoff

The Moody Blues/The Night

Rolling Stones/Wild horses

It Doesn’t Matter Anymore by Paul Anka

An original tune:

My apologies as I know this song was covered recently, but I wanted to do a Neil Young song and this is the one I’m most familiar with. This is a cover of “Heart of Gold”.

London pub’s covid blue by Jeff Offman

My daughter Sabrina's first original song "Dare to Dream"

Revolution and Imagine I was wondering what the Beatles would have said about the Black Lives Matters movement, then I remembered that they'd already said it.

Here's another new tune. What the Victorians used to call a "cautionary tale".

Sunday Morning by Maroon 5 Guitar Vocals Cover ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„

Hallelujah cover with double trouble ๐Ÿฅด.... At least I’m on time this time! ๐Ÿคช

Rock this town (cover)

Soriya Sounds & Saf Man House Of The Rising Sun Live!! Hope you guys enjoy!

Moral of the Story ๐Ÿ“–

An Original instrumental tune

With Natalie Wong and Bernard Mo

Switching it up this week with my piano cover of 'Up Where We Belong' though it would've been nice if Joe Cocker sang it with me๐Ÿ˜‚ I hope you enjoy it!

Long May You Run by Neil Young

Half the world away by oasis cover (no vocals because I can’t sing) I did this song at an open mic in university in Thunder Bay (18 hours from home) after a breakup. I picked it because I missed my friends and family NOT the girl. Nothing impressive or complicated. Just your standard Oasis.

"You and I" an Original by Gregory Swain.

Welcome to "Porch Piano Performances" with Donavon LeNabat!!! Special guests Mike Ferfolia and Don Pham are joining us on the bass and drums!! Hooray for a full band! ๐ŸŽต๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽน๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿฅ๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต Join us for 90 minutes of musical fun, with an audience!!! Feel free to share!