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June 3rd, Wednesday, #virtualopenmic Lets spread music!!
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Here’s Roy Orbison’s Only The Lonely

Here's an original, just glad you're all mine ♥๏ธ

One of my originals.

Here's an original "Mother Earth On Fire" Hope you enjoy this.

Here’s our version of the masked singer doing the Glory of Love , for all the lovers out there!

Come gather round me children, a story I will tell… A 1939 Woody Guthrie tune, “Pretty Boy Floyd”.

Hope You like this song as much as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

A song about attitudes - Be welleveryone.

The Eagles - Hotel California ๐ŸŽธ

My cover of If I Were a Carpenter

Hi everybody! Owen here. Here's me playing Double Talkin' Baby by Stray Cats!

Cover of The Weight.

Gordon Lightfoot - Black Day In July - 1967 - In Remembrance of all who have died. Drafted against their will in a struggle for civil rights. We may never be able to change human nature but we can change laws.

Misunderstood ( cover)

The Beatles/ Hard Days Night

'80s night Live on Sofa SongFest,

"Allegheny Nights" One of my originals.

Make sure you take the time to watch our community's videos and show your support! You can also watch on our website โ™ก The album "Between the Lines" was on repeat during Jr High (middle school?) and my preteen angst glommbed on to the song "At 17", but soon fell in love with all the tracks. Like this โœŒ "From Me to You" by Janis Ian.

Tried singing a pop song for the first time so here it is Please have a listen to some of our stuff.

"All of My Memories" by Gregory Swain ๐ŸŽธ and check out that sweet guitar he is playing, he built it with his own 2 hands! (It's name is "Raven" ๐Ÿฆœ)

Here is an original song I wrote called Jesus Christ at Minimum Wage. I wrote the lyrics and composed the music with Michael Johnston. I am looking to collaborate with other musicians so send me a private message if you are interested. I hope you enjoy the song here is a link to some of my others.

Back porch take on a ZZ Top classic.

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This one’s a bit different. I play in one of the bands at St Pat’s Church in Markham. This is a song I wrote which we played for First Communion masses from Luke 18:16 and 18:17. This is called “Let the Children Come”.

Hi! I hope you enjoy my cover of Kids in Love by Mayday Parade

Here’s our take on the Let It Be recorded in one take ( with a slight hiccup at the beginning). - So timely today!

Here is my rendition of 'Fire and Rain' by James Taylor ~

Supermarket Flowers by Ed Sheeran cover

I learned “Lost River” from a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band album, but it was written by Michael Martin Murphey - live from Bolton, Ontario

Two Cover Songs about homelessness and poverty Only A Hobo by Bob Dylan Home From the Forest by Gordon Lightfoot I've also been learning to light a blue screen ( actually a blue bed sheet) so I tried that out with some ok results.

Heart of The Matter- Don Henley Piano and Vocal - Joan Marshall

Hope you enjoy my daughter Julia's cover of Selfish by Madison Beer๐Ÿ˜Š

Let me make up for my gaffe. This is a song about fighting depression, something I’ve struggled with for years. R.E.M. - Everybody Hurts.

Rolling Stones/ As tears go by

I did Jazz Night this week:

An old Lightfoot tune, from his second album in 1966 - Home From The Forest.

The Rolling Stones/Wild Horses

Trouble by Ray LaMontagne

A little bit late but miss you all, so here it is! “My Beautiful Dear” on piano! ๐ŸŽนโœŒ๐Ÿป๐ŸŽถ If you want to hear the guitar version of this new single (released March 20th) its here:

Love getting the newbies! Make sure you all take a moment and listen to everyones music!! You can also access and share from And now a lesson on taking an amazing guitarists' song and confusing it with ukulele ๐Ÿคฉ "May You Never" by John Martyn.

Selflessly willing to do anything to help your baby lose that…“Blue Mascara Mood” Song copyright (c) 2019 Gregory James Shields (SOCAN) Check out the original Late Fakirs release on Spotify: (also available on Apple Music – search “late fakirs”)

"Looking for the Future" by Gregory Swain. Very apropos :)

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Hope you like it... One of my originals recorded at home...

Here’s one of my favourite oldies. Originally written in Zulu in 1939...The Lion Sleeps Tonight.

A Little “Stoned Me!” By Van Morrison โ€ผ๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿปโ˜ฎ๏ธ๐Ÿ’Ÿ Long ago and far away - James Taylor cover by Natalis

Two Original Songs You're the Girl in My Future | Lover You're the Girl In My Future was written to be the theme song in a home made Sci-fi movie. The movie was never made, but the song remains. Lover is one of those rare songs ( for me ) where the music came before the words.

How is everyone doing? Hope you all are well! Here is my cover of 'the Long and Winding Road'

Walk Softly on this Heart of Mine – Bill Monroe This fun little tune was released in 1970 by bluegrass Bill Monroe. Kentucky Headhunters did a great rockin cover of it in 1989. I’ve kinda dragged it into the swamp and quite like it there! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Sending Everyone a ๐ŸŒนRose! The Rose - Bette Midler Cover.

No Heartaches by the Number for us!-Were madly in love !

Here's my loop pedal cover of Ed Sheeran's Make It Rain :)

A tune I like to do at the open mics: Jenny Wren by Paul McCartney.

An original song, “Joanna.”

Another Lightfoot song, “Fine as Fine Can Be”, written for his daughter. I have a soft spot for this song as we have two daughters of our own.

This piece is by Leo Brouwer, esteemed Cuban composer and guitarist. It is called "Un Dia De Noviembre" or "A Day in November". Thank you.

I hope you enjoy!

Sunny [cover]

Elton John/Rocket Man

I am not a singer, so I played to a recorded song, a bit of talking intro, hope you like.

First time posting. I can’t sing but I’m proud of [sorta] learning this song so idk take a guess? ๐Ÿ˜… Ps. Mind the quaran-tummy ๐Ÿ˜“

Here’s a live one from my band Hot Apollo.

Here’s my cover of Nutshell by Alice In Chains

Great collection of music today! Make sure you take the time to listen to everyone! And tomorrow check yourself out (and share) on Sometimes there are songs that I am a bit embarrassed to admit I like, so I figured I should just sing it โ˜ฎ "Buses and Trains" by Australian pop band "Bachelor Girl"

"Bleed" an original by Gregory Swain! (Lyrics by Steffi G) So I am a bit biased, but this is one of my favorite Swainsong :)

Do You Like It by Our Lady Peace ๐Ÿ’š

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My most ambitious project so far. I’m strictly a rhythm guitarist, as any good guitar player can tell, so had to really break out of my comfort zone! Tequila Sunrise...I do not own the rights to this song.

A couple of novelty songs 'cause I'm feeling goofy Two Original Songs Honey Baby | Where's My Hair

The weather is getting really warm! Here is my cover of Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love.

Tried Katy Perry's new song Daisies.

And so the weekend has ended and we are still inside and virtual. I am so glad we have our community to share with! Also make sure you "like" our page so you don't miss anything :) "Cotton" by The Mountain Goats has a message I rarely take :/

Tried this tune at an open mic but it fell flat with one singer, one guitar. Ha, now this is what I heard in my head while I wanly strummed my guitar at that open mic!

An original song I wrote for our daughter for her wedding last year. I recorded it and we played the recording for our father/daughter dance. It’s called “Daughter of Love”.

Ah I miss the old days - just getting out there and tramping around ! Although this Lady was Never A Tramp!

“Standing on the Moonโ€ผ๏ธ ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒ™๐Ÿ’ซGrateful Dead

A tribute to All doctors and front line workers that are keeping us safe, here's an original "Doctors Without Borderrs"

Stand by me (Pregherò) cover

Wildest Dreams ๐ŸŽ

Check out this original song from Ivie Luque. She wishes her song will "give an extra bit of hope during this difficult situation".

Kenny Rogers, The Gambler

Young and Sad

My favourite song writer Paul Simon again

My most ambitious project so far. I’m strictly a rhythm guitarist, as any good guitar player can tell, so had to really break out of my comfort zone! Tequila Sunrise...I do not own the rights to this song.

Here is an original instrumental from Gregory Swain. He was gonna call it "That Instrumental With No Name" but I thought if anyone had an idea of a name they should drop it into the replies :)

The Death of Me by Marianas Trench ๐Ÿ’š

This submission is something quite special for me: a brand new song performed in collaboration with two wonderful musicians who I had the good fortune to meet here on this FB group, Jo Anne and Joan Marshall. Jo produced the audio/video, and provided bass and backing vocals. Joan contributed keyboards (Rhodes, organ and ocarina) and backing vocals, as well as music/vocal arrangements. I mostly just sat there amazed at what was happening. Jo and Joan, I can’t thank you enough for your efforts and making this song what it is! I seriously mumbled through a lot of my vocals (sorry, and thanks Jo for doing your best!), so lyrics below for those interested. Please feel free to sing along! ๐Ÿค  “Kept the Winter from My Door”. Copyright 2020 Gregory James Shields (SOCAN). Seems like yesterday I woke up in a world gone cold You blew away in a Colorado low I fell into the blizzard, snow blind And lost my last faint hope for salvation You were the sun that kept the winter from my door But you don’t shine no more Took your love for granted, I didn’t know That you were all that kept the winter from my door I wish you’d asked me the worst dream I ever had Maybe then I could explain myself and you’d understand But I lay waiting for the night to end As you lay there asleep, or maybe just pretend Once your body kept the winter from my soul But you don’t keep me warm no more Love was the victim of our cold cold war But once upon a time you kept the winter from my door When love’s new you’re overcome, can’t catch your breath After twenty years of tiny cuts, love’s bled to death I looked for deeper meaning in the things you didn’t say You just got tired of the pain I’d say I’m sorry for not being what I am not I’d say I’m sorry for the many sins that I’ve forgot But the past just seems to crumble, hours or years go by Though I think I might remember tears in your eyes Once your love kept the winter from my door But you don’t love me no more Your love kept the winter from my door But love don’t live here no more Memories can’t keep the winter from my door I’m waiting here for you to take the winter from my door

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Bill Withers - Lean on Me (loop pedal cover)

An original with the longest title "Never Give A Sword To A Man Who Can't Dance" Hope you'll like it :)

Cover of Simon and Garfunkel's "Old Friends/Bookends"

This is ourselves Under Pressure

Two Original Songs Just In Love | Destiny

We were fortunate enough to see the Hip in Toronto on their final tour. I’ve never seen such an outpouring of emotion when Gord was alone on stage towards the end of the show. It was truly chilling. Here’s my cover of the little town he made famous.

Still pretty lock-down my way. Thanks Stef for the outlet.

It’s gonna be a long lonely summer - if we don’t get to phase three quick ( but we will )!

I guess I'm Stuck With U๐Ÿ˜‰.

Music Anyone?

Blackberry Stone - Laura Marling

Misunderstood (cover)

"The House of The Lord" is one of Gregory Swain's originals. This song is about that great "sense of liberation, that sense of wonder, the wonder of a child :)"

Here’s Mikes brand new original “What cha gonna do “-and what am I gonna do with Mr. Beethoven in that room all day composing ? - wait - I’ll email Mrs. Beethoven and find out what she’d gonna do!

"The Angels Rejoiced Last Night". Back to 1959 and one of the Louvin Brothers' hellfire and brimstone gospel bluegrass tunes - hopefully I dial it back enough no one gets burned! ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

As an immigrant I am expected to watch a certain amount of Canadian produced TV and Movies and of course learn to play at least 1 song per year written by a Canadian musician. So here is a Jann Arden song. (Seriously she is one of my faves I would sing her songs even if I wasn't forced)

A Spaceman Came Travelling by Chris De Burgh

Here’s my cover of True Colors by Cyndi Lauper

Make sure you all "like" this page for updates and check yourselves out on our website :)

Softer, Softest by Hole ๐Ÿ’š

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Two Original Songs Just in Love | Destiny

Two songs for this Summery weekend...

From Boston, you guys rock!

Happy Long Weekend Everyone! Although these days each weekend is feeling like a long one.

Hope you all had a great weekend! A newer bop with an old sound, this is Dua Lipa's "Love Again"

We are up at the cottage ( like Doug Ford and Justin) and there was a rainbow and somewhere over it we can see everything turning back to normal!

here's a cover of Neil Young's Cowgirl in the Sand (4 way street version?) .. to borrow a line from that concert .. "it starts off slow and then fizzles out altogether " ..๐Ÿ˜‚..

Piano cover of “In My Room” by The Beach Boys.

Hallelujah the restrictions are slowly lifted ! And Happy Holiday weeekend!

Good morning everybody! This is my sister and I doing her original song The Thaw

Beauty and the Beast ๐ŸŒท

High and Dry by Radiohead.

Susanna (cover)

Times like these ♥๏ธ

Waste by Phish

For a change, a standard song from way back when requested by a friend of mine. Days of Wine and Roses

I don’t know but this “there’s no place like home “ thing is highly overrated !

Little Black Submarine.........Rainbow Submarine? โ˜ฎ

Video coming your way.

Here's my cover of Train's Soul Sister

I thought this would be an appropriate song choice for this pandemic we’re in right now. I know I’ve been doing it. This is a cover of Bruce Cockburn’s “Pacing the Cage”

Just thought I'd post this for you Steffi.

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Here’s my attempt at the Gordon Lightfoot song “I’ll Tag Along”.

AnotherBrick in the Wall [cover]

I was tempted to post a Neil Young cover as usual since there seemed to be some other NY fans tonight .. but am posting an original as planned (maybe influenced by his music ๐Ÿ˜‚ ) .. sounds better with a bit of volume I think .. it's called The Road Ahead .. hope you enjoy

I'm very disappointed with Bryan Adams' outburst about COVID-19. I thought he was a class act but now I'm not too sure. Anyway, I still respect him as an artist and here's my cover of his beautiful song "I Will Always Return"

Today's old-ish country cover tune: “Alberta”, from Dylan’s 1970 “Self Portrait” album. I love the simplicity of this song.

A Thrice Cover I did of Come All You Weary and managed to get a buddy to help me with the drums but I recorded everything else, it was a trickier song then I thought! The video is about how crazy I thought it was that medical staff were having to not only fight a virus but people too.

This one's a bit out of my comfort zone, but I wanted to give it a try! This is "My Way" by Frank Sinatra

September 1964 mike and I didn’t know each other but we’re both at the Beatles concert in Toronto !

Joan, Greg and I collaborated again to make this fave tune, Take The Long Way Home. Making these is terrific fun. Don't have to take the bus to band practice or nothin' :-)

Here's something different. Corduroy - Pearl Jam

This is Leonard Cohens Bird on a wire with an interpretation by my grandmother and Mikes grandmother!

My son and daughter covering Wicked Games by Chris Isaak

Thanks so much YROM. I thought I’d muster up the courage for my first post...

Got another one done so I figured I'd add it - I recorded a version of the classic BREAKIN' THE LAW by the great JUDAS PRIEST - for all the metal maniacs - enjoy \m/

Two Original Songs The Cowboy's Wife's Lament | Destiny Cowboy's Wife is a song about being lonely. I'd love to hear someone cover this one. If you do, please let me know. Destiny is a poem I turned into a song. This is a hard core filk song. If you ever get a request for a filk song, play this one, it's easy !

You Don't Own Me Cover by my Daughter Amanda. Check her out!

Here is a squeaky brand new song from Gregory Swain!

Hello Beautiful People! I'm happy to have found this community. Here is an original:

Hey everyone I recorded this version of SEARCH AND DESTROY by IGGY AND THE STOOGES - i thought it would sound cool and different played acoustically - enjoy and thx to Steffi Postol Goodfield for her ongoing commitment to community

Hey guys, something here for you all :) For more content, please visit my channel (link below) I really appreciate ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ˜‰ Stay safe Allan Across

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Happy Mothers Day to all the influential women out there, I chose this song to perform because simply i was out on a walk and it popped in my head and its just a beautiful ballad that i hope i did some justice to. This is Girl from the North Country by Bob Dylan. Thank you for listening๐Ÿ˜Š

Joan's performance of She's Always A Woman To Me. I help on bass.

You Were Meant For Me ๐ŸŒน Jewel

Thanks for inviting me Steffi Postol Goodfield and happy Mother’s Day to everyone!

Dragons are on the Rise.....

Santaria by Sublime, happy mothers day

Happy Mother's day! Hope you like my cover of the Beatles' "Here There Everywhere"!

A talented friend of ours from Grenada was hoping to join us for festival season.....anyhoo he sent a little taste of his music :) Nicola Bresciani

Happy Mother's Day .. I love you Mama. I'd like to dedicate this cover song to all the wonderful mothers

Here’s Unchained Melody a love song for Mother’s Day ! But my “lover” refused to sing the harmony part and I had to do double duty!

Happy Mothers Day to all the amazing Moms out there! Have a sweet day today.

Mike has decided to get the blues on Mothers-day! No love song for me ! He’s going to be black and blues!

Thanks for being awesome Steffi! This is Vals Venezolano by Paquito D'Rivera.

James Taylor's early song - You Can Close Your Eyes

A song about living in isolation...

Angel ๐ŸŒท

Serenity now! The last song was one my kid had me play, if you are a scifi fan you may know this.

I think you mean May 10th ๐Ÿ™‚

Sticking with sad stories wedded to happy tunes…here’s a little ditty about being dumped! But presented in a sort-of Bo Diddley beat that I hope will set toes a-tappin’! Baby left you… “hangin’ with the Morgue Attendant of the Heart". Lyrics by Greg Shields, music by Greg Shields and Geoff Breen. Copyright (c) 2017 (SOCAN).

Better late than never - been working on this all day and night - Linda Nusca Albertyn and I wanted to do a nice mothers day song so here's the classic MOTHER by PINK FLOYD - enjoy

Gregory Swain doing a song on his tenor guitar that he wrote on a mandolin โ˜ฏ๏ธ that's what is all about, the ever adapting and fluidity of his music :)

One Original and One Cover I Don't Know - TMC | Ode To Billy Joe - Bobby Gentry I wrote "I Don't Know" in recognition of our 25th Wedding Anniversary. ------------- I have Ode to Billy Joe in my head as the 'song of the day / ear worm" because of the line. 'a virus going 'round, Papa caught it and he died last spring' Also, it's a great and haunting song.

Give Me Novacaine by Green Day ๐Ÿ’š Here’s one for all the moms. Follow my page for more music! ๐Ÿ’– Thank you so much for everything you do to support artists, Steffi! Hope you’re having an amazing Mother’s Day.