Virtual Open Mic

It's October 25th, do you know where your #virtualopenmic is?
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Peter Frampton wrote this song on the beach ( or so he told Howard Stern). Here is Baby I Love Your Way.

Love me Do by the Beatles !!

A little Halloween original song Skeletons

A little slice of Canadiana... A song about the darker side of our notorious Yonge Street, as set in the 70’s & 80’s This is: “Ol Lady Yonge”

I wrote this song back in 1995 and had put it away for most of the time since, pulling it out in the last few days to be recorded for my YouTube project (I’m still picking away at recording my original songs and this is song #10). “Down in Winnipeg” deals with a tough subject, which is probably the reason I hadn’t played this one for 20 years, but sadly the problem of homelessness persists. I would like to hear this one with accordion or violin. https://youtu.be/CDOzWYQFEiw

Some zen music I did a while ago

I’m with Paul McCartney. You can never get enough of silly love songs! So let the sap begin! This is a cover of Train’s “Marry Me”.

Here is my solo cover on P!nk and Nate Ruess' "Just Give Me a Reason"

Two Cover Songs (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace Love and Understanding - Nick Lowe I've Got A Name - N.Gimbel - C.Fox ------------------------------------ Both of these songs have the distinction of being very closely related to a famous songwriter, but they are actually covers. ------------------------------------ (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace Love and Understanding - Nick Lowe Covered famously by Elvis Costello this song was originally done as almost a folk song. Elvis turned it into a proto-punk hit. I'm sort of doing a cross between these styles by playing it punk style on an acoustic guitar. I play this song with all my hopes that the election down south goes by without any violence. ----------------------------------- I've Got A Name - N.Gimbel and C.Fox Jim Croce made this song a hit but it was written by a songwriting team. I've always loved this song. It's not a song that lends itself to street singing but it’s wonderful at parties.

Get back (cover)

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Hi everybody! Owen here. Here's One Of These Nights by Eagles. Stay tuned for Wednesday for a great America song! https://www.facebook.com/844539042384362/posts/1668881769950081/

My band Hot Apollo live! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bzrcDcRP2RA

Gregory Swain doing a Steven Stills cover "4 + 20". 😎 treelinetheband.com a

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I wanted to share something different so I grabbed one of my native hand drums and allowed healing I so desperately need to clear too much second hand marijuana smoke I inhaled at a fun drum circle last night. I get very ill from it-and it feels like a panic attack and worse. The indigenous way to heal can be through praying and singing to and with Great Spirit/Creator/God/Allah...I felt better afterwards and you can see my yawning which is a good sign of relaxing. 🙂

Here is my cover of Joan Baez's "Diamonds and Rust". I believe this is her famous one about Bob Dylan. Nonetheless, they're both folk legends!

This one’s for a young friend who just celebrated one year of sobriety. The fact that she’s done it during COVID, and dealing with loss and health issues is nothing short of amazing. It speaks of a strength of character and unwavering perseverance. This young lady is teaching me much about not giving up. Here’s I Can See Clearly Now.

Two Covers Songs. Brother Louie - E.Brown - T. Wilson St. James Infirmary - Traditional These are a couple of songs that are great for projecting across a busy street. --------------------------------------- Brother Louie - E.Brown - T. Wilson Introduced by Hot Chocolate in the UK and then covered by The Stories in the US all in 1973. The Wikipedia article is interesting. Great song for singing and dancing. Makes for a great stage show also excellent for attracting a crowd when street singing. --------------------------------------- St. James Infirmary - Traditional It was a coolish summer evening and I went out in the back yard and sang to myself after dinner. I posted it on my personal page that night but I never got around to posting it here to the group. Hope you enjoy this very laid back version of a traditional song.

Here is Never Love Again from the movie A Star is Born 🙂

And here’s some “Whiskey in the Jar”

Summertime (cover)

Original Song - Long Way Home If you like it check out my EP on all streaming platforms Artist Name is Running Profiles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuXlh62bPpo

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Some CanCon - although some people on the rock might disagree! (I’m just glad that Newfoundland let us join them) Here’s my version of “Consequence Free” by Great Big Sea. Includes a line appropriate for the virtual open mic - “Wouldn’t it be great if the band just never ended?”

Delovely by COLE Porter!!

Autumn leaves by WongMo Trio. Recorded with our zoom cam on last Saturday.

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Keep Me In Your Heart by Warren Zevon https://youtu.be/9csMeDhlB2g

Gregory Swain with his original "Yours for the Taking" is about his first "dear john" letter. But don't worry, I think he was over it by the time he finished writing the song ✌ treelinetheband.com

This song was named one of the 100 most performed songs of the 20th century. This is a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

Midnight seems to be getting later and later 💤 We used to live that rock star life, out till 2am - up at 2pm. Quarantine has made me sleepy. Well this has nothing to do with all your fabulous music, that's the only reason I stayed up as late as I did 🤣 yropenmic.com "No One Is to Blame" by Howard Jones

Here's an original and also a collaboration with a poet from the U.S. Hope you'll enjoy this :) https://youtu.be/KPxfzz9pVjg

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Check out my new song You’re Not There with video on YouTube available now (the acoustic version)😊👏🏻❤️🎼 #jadebennettsmusic #YoureNotThere #indie #singersongwriter #womenofmusic #ldnontmusic #forestcity https://youtu.be/jWVyUl_iEnw

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An experiment! I’m doing what a friend of mine does-using a frame drum reverberating the voice for neet sound effects. I think it partly worked. I will play with it some more over time. Fun to finally have my mic hooked up properly too! The guys at Long and MacQuade helped me get technical! 💪

Ok so my voice is a bit scratchy so I just did the melody to Green, Green Rocky Road by Dave Van Ronk (covered by Oscar Isaac for Inside Llewyn Davis) I did another song where I actually sang but I need a better place to play because I'm too quiet...my bad 😓Be kind lol stay safe everyone

Here is my take on The Muppets' theme song, 'Rainbow Connection'. Its a simple yet hopeful piece. If only I had a banjo!

I played “Stray Cat Strut” at the live open mic yesterday, with Michael Howitt on guitar.

Two covers songs about being unlovable. At Seventeen - J.Ian - Billy McDaniels - M.McLauchlan ----------------------------------------- Both of these songs really were important to me as I grew up. Janis Ians's song describes the feelings involved perfectly. Somehow this very sad song always could cheer me up because it let me know that I wasn't the only one in the entire world who felt that way. Murrary McLauchlan's song always gave me hope when I was feeling unloved and unlovable. Somehow I also have a weird image in my mind that Billy McDaniels ends up marrying Janis Ian.

The Gift . Original song.

Jumping jack flash (cover)

Original song by my 12yo daughter. So proud of her! https://youtu.be/gO4fE9uZO8k

Catch the Wind (Donovan)

Cortez the Killer (Neil Young)

Here’s the song we think the Beatles wrote for Rodney Dangerfield - Nowhere Man!

The Monkees had the biggest selling single of 1967 with this song. Smash Mouth covered it in 2001 in the soundtrack of the movie “Shrek”. The song was written by Neil Diamond, who had a hit or two of his own. This is a cover of “I’m a Believer”.

Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright (Bob Dylan)

Before the day is over I’m going to sneak in an original song. We used to jam in a barn near Otterville, Ontario (Oxford County) back in the 1990s, pretty much exactly like the song says. In my head the harmonica is a fiddle. https://youtu.be/ZHpNfccBA9Q

Gregory Swain with a cover of Bob Dylan's "Buckets of Rain" treelinetheband.com

I remember being called to the school auditorium one Monday morning in 1975...told that two fellow schoolmates and highschool sweethearts were killed in a Friday night crash. This is: "Small Town Dreams"

Another beautiful 24 hours of music has past, and the support you all show each other makes it that much more beautiful! Make sure to check out all the posts and add a "like" and a nice comment if you haven't already 🤩 You can see the posts on yropenmic.com in the "Virtual Music" section! Keep being the kind musical souls I know you are 😍

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Adlibbing with a drum and voice toning!

I did this one at the live open mic in September. “Mr. Spaceman” is a great singalong song by The Byrds.

I flipped to this song when I was flipping through a piano book, and I thought, "I can sing this too!". Although Audrey Hepburn's and Andy Williams' versions are very different, I think they are equally good in their own ways. Here is my hybrid version of 'Moon River'

This song is about Michael Hutchence, the lead singer of INXS who killed himself in 1997. He and Bono were close friends. The song is both a tribute to Hutchence and a message of understanding, letting anyone going through a rough time know that it will pass. Here is Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of by U2.

Here’s a cover of a song by Bernard Shakey and Crazy Horse - “Sail Away”

A light hearted song about getting high to the music of the 70's. It's called "Needle Down"

Here’s King of the Road!

Since I couldn't choose just one. This was too much fun to pass up!

Susanna(cover)

Plan to start making videos again in a while, for now just recording audio only. https://youtu.be/5CtArpy60og

Remember : The early worm gets eaten

Dedicating this to my adorable grandson.

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This is a song I sang at our younger daughter’s wedding back in 2018. It’s based on the melody of “O Waly, Waly”, a folk song of Scottish origins dating back to the 1600’s. It’s had various lyrical versions over the years, including “The Water is Wide”, popularized by Pete Seeger during the folk revival. The lyrics on this version is from a 1983 hymn text by Brian Wren. This is “When Love is Found”.

Although they agreed that no matter who actually wrote the song, both would get credit. This one is mostly Paul McCartney but John Lennon's influence is definitely felt. Paul wrote this after his tumultuous five year relationship with Jane Asher - lyrically it is a departure from their earlier work. This one is more personal and mature, and perhaps bitter. A fun fact - the melody for Saturday in the Park (Chicago) was based on this song. Here is You Won’t See Me.

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This Bob Dylan classic is anything but a simple love song. It seems the narrator is anticipating the final goodbye of his lover - as in her future death. He tells of how love used to be for him, what it is now, and how it might continue to be. Here is You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go.

Gregory Swain covering "Wondering Where the Lions Are" by Bruce Cockburn. You Canadians can sing along :) treelinetheband.com

I am really digging the stories that many of you have added to your posts, most of the song info is totally new to me! It's all about sharing and growing 🤩 yropenmic.com I have no real song info to share except for some reason I remembered all the words to this song that I sang last in 1982. "The Story in Your Eyes" by The Moody Blues

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Sunday October 11 #virtualopenmic
My apologies to my lovely early birds 🐦 midnight disappeared. But 24 hours from now would be cool 😎 so GO and post thine music!
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And now for some stand up from our friend Randy Lopatin! https://youtu.be/BHhtax8vMng

Autumn is such a gorgeous time of the year and my favourite season. This song, although sad, has such lovely lyrics. One of my favourite lines of any song is “Through autumn’s golden gown we used to kick our way...” what imagery. Originally sung by Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues, this Forever Autumn.

I usually change the key of Neil Young songs, but I left this one as written - it’s really high! An early one from the tail end of the Buffalo Springfield era, this is “I Am a Child.” Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Destiny. original song . a couple years ago lost a dear friend in recovery to addiction have also lost friends and family to drugs and alcohol, This song is for them. they weren't bad people. they got in and couldn't get out. Love you Tink.

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

Hey all, this is my take on "500 Miles". My dad introduced the Joan Baez version to me, but I personally liked Peter Paul and Mary's version better ;) so mine was inspired by theirs!

You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go by Bob Dylan

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Paese (cover)

Here’s Yesterday by the Beatles which they wrote for us to become our theme song and life story!

A little ditty by Gregory Swain called "Sunday Morning" treelinetheband.com

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Rainbow-(Excerpt)Kasey Musgraves

It’s Thanksgiving! I’m so thankful I’m alive and can sing my heart out. I’m thankful for the wonderful family and friends that give me so much love, support and encouragement. I’m thankful for my beautiful wife. Here’s one I’ve always wanted to do. Neil Young’s After The Gold Rush. I do not own the rights to this song. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! 🇨🇦💕🎶

Two songs made to evoke a mood. One Original , One Cover Just In Love - TMC Hazy Shade of Winter - P.Simon ------------- Just in Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8q630qiDUg This is a new performance of a song I've posted before. ------------- Hazy Shade of Winter. Absolutely love this song from the first time I heard it. So dramatic and filled with perfect little images.

Another Roger Whittaker song, this time set in England during World War II. It was a modest hit in the UK when it was first released in 1969. It was rereleased in North America in the wake of the success of his biggest hit, “The Last Farewell”, and peaked at #8 on the RPM Pop Music Playlist in Canada in 1976. This is a cover of “Durham Town (The Leavin’)”.

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Hey everyone! Here's one of my songs! Love to hear what you think :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvA7uO5XKeo

Happy Thanksgiving! Times are strange but as long as we have our friends and family and community and music, online-in person-in our hearts, well then we can get through anything! Go check this great collection of music out and share! yropenmic.com "Anticipation" by Carly Simon

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Will You Love Me Tomorrow by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton.

This is a video of a song that I wrote some time ago called Sunset Blues :)

"Have you been aware, you got brothers and sisters who care, about what's gonna happen to you in a year from now." - Burton Cummings https://youtu.be/0FjfRT6ybs0

Not sure if I’ve posted “Mudcat Creek” before, but here’s a fresh recording. I wrote this one earlier this year. https://youtu.be/bm2tisAPS6A

Un’Avventura (cover)

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This is my cover of a U2 song called In God's Country :)

Found one last video I haven’t previously submitted – a little story song called “Glimpse of Sun”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOo3L4cHzbU Sorry about the audio quality. Click “Show More” to view the lyrics. Feel free to check out the full band studio version at https://open.spotify.com/track/3qs5nin6NhJJDNKZTveeRd

This is my take on "Killing Me Softly", specifically Roberta Flack's version, which blew it up, but I really respect Lori Lieberman (and the other two writers, I believe) cause the songwriting is wooh, amazing. I think this one is another back pocket song for me, and I'm definitely going to fiddle with it and make it more of my own. Nonetheless, enjoy my current take!

Can’t Buy Me Love ! We saw them at the 1964 concert! So exciting!

Roger Whittaker hosted a radio program in the UK back in 1971 where he would invite listeners to send in poems/lyrics and he would set them to music. Ron Webster, a silversmith from Birmingham, England sent in his poem “The Last Farewell” which Whittaker wrote the music for. He liked the end result so much that he recorded it in 1971. But it wasn’t until the wife of a program director of an Atlanta radio station heard this song on a trip to Canada 4 years later and asked her husband to play it that it caught on and became a hit, going on to sell 11 million singles worldwide. This is a cover of “The Last Farewell”.

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Happy Wednesday everyone. Here’s an old A Foot in Cold Water song “(Make Me Do) Anything You Want” on tenor guitar - tuned in fifths, CGDA from low to high.

Gregory Swain's "Delta Plane" was a collaboration with our good friend and fabulous bass player Dmitri Granovski! Enjoy this acoustic version :) treelinetheband.com

Two cover Songs Bad, Bad Leroy Brown - J.Croce Circle - H.Chapin. ---------------------------------------------------- These two singer songwriters both died much too early. I've been playing both of these songs for as long as I can remember. I used to love watching 'Make a Wish' and trying to figure out the songs Tom Chapin played every week. In the days before VCRs this was a real challenge for me.

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Wonderful music from a wonderful community! Go check it all out! Then think about the next songs you will be playing 🤩🎶 https://yropenmic.com/virtual-open-mic/

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Sail on Sailor by Brian Wilson

I truly love every moment of this, every time you sing, every note you play! Our first home was a little hole....1 musician, 3, 5..... and then suddenly, years later, we were many.... and sometimes we lose 1 or 2..... but our community is strong and growing and constantly in motion ♡ Share and invite and create and just be wonderful as always ♡ Yropenmic.com

Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan.

This is one of the original songs I did at the live open mic yesterday - “Mars and Venus” was inspired, in part, by the title of a 1990s pop psychology book I never actually read. https://youtu.be/8bnAPW5vXhg

John Waite/Missing You

Cat Stevens/Where do the children play

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Keeping with my weather related theme. This is a cover of another Lightfoot song, “Early Morning Rain”.

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Johnny be Good (cover)

Two Cover Songs of Open Mic Songwriters Broken Man - Bill W || Janis - B.Sibley Two songs by two different writers with the same first name. ----------------------------------------------- Broken Man https://www.facebook.com/blanketstealer/videos/2557101251169332/ I've turned Bill's song from a folk song to punk rock. Bill is the host of the Virtual Open Mic facebook group ---------------------------------------------- Janis https://www.facebook.com/yorkregionopenmic/posts/2617619955166940 I think pretty much everyone in the group enjoys Bill Sibley's songs. Hard grinding blues that sound like standards but are his originals. When he posted the lyrics for Janis I knew I had to take a shot at this haunting song about listening to a Janis Joplin sing on the radio during a long trip at night. PS. I just looked up at my calendar and it says that Janis died on Oct 4, 1970. I never planned to put this song out on this sad anniversary but it is a spooky coincidence.

Here’s September Song which is a great Fall song from the Classic American Song Book - Sinatra and all the greats did it - But Willie did it too !!!

Waters Fine . from Original song from 2 weeks ago. We are getting better Covid is a tough battle. so everyone stay safe.

I did a Steve Earle song with the “me and Joe band” yesterday at the YROM. Here’s another one, “Galway Girl,” a song the Irish have adopted as their own.

“Head Over Feet” -Alanis Morrisette https://youtu.be/OLF7ZFuNJMw

My favorite 8 minute song (because I know all the lyrics by heart :), sing along if you know the lyrics, this is Don McLean's classic, 'American Pie'!

Something So Right by Paul Simon

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"Wayfaring Stranger" is one of those classic songs that has been done by all the greats who bring their own style to it. Here is "Treeline, the roots" to do their acoustic Sunday night version. Check out their website for the electric one :) Gregory Swain and Jonathan Ison treelinetheband.com

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Rock this town (cover)

We have been doing Porch Piano Performances all summer, and we had a blast! 🎹🎤☀️ Now since it's dark and cold (and wet!) outside, we are bringing back the Late Night NSFW Show!! 🌃🌔🎶🕙 If you've never seen one of these, please know that there will be drinking and profanity involved.😬🤫🍻🍷😜 Hide your children!! Oh and send in your requests, we love a good challenge. #livemusic #requestbased #donavonsantisocialgathering #NSFWshow #thursday https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10164455465665145&id=531810144

Here’s You Made Me Love You ! Gail I made you Love Me !

I'm partial to the madness.😉

Last time it was here comes the sun. ☀️ Now I’m looking at the rain. 🌧 Blame it on the weatherman! This is a cover of Gordon Lightfoot’s “Looking at the Rain”.

School work is piling up but I shoved it all aside. Here is today's song to suit the sad mood, this is in my opinion one of the most beautiful musical theater songs "She Used To Be Mine" from "Waitress".

I havent posted anything for a while, however i am extremely proud of the direction my song writing is going in and delving into more and more old country is only improving my sound and style even more. This is called Two Steppin, enjoy and thank you for listening

Gregory Swain with his cover of "Mother of a Miner's Child" by Gordon Lightfoot treelinetheband.com

Thanks to this community for constantly ignoring their butterflies and trying things they might not have, especially in front of a camera! But you all know that there is no judgment, just support from some uber talented musicians and great all around humans! And that's why I will share this, my first real try at a cover of a song by our amazing friend Louisa Barbosa! "Let's Pretend" was my first favorite of hers. I believe she was 12? When she wrote it. Now at the ripe old age of 17 she has a bunch more I love 💘 Go support and watch and share and enjoy!!!! yropenmic.com

Here’s Steve Goodman’s “Somebody Else’s Troubles” - it’s the title cut on an album that also includes his version of “The Dutchman.”

A Lou Reed song, from his second post-Velvet Underground album Transformer - “Vicious” - just having some fun!

Mr. Bojangles by Jerry Jeff Walker.

On The Road to Find Out by Cat Stevens

Two Cover songs about Existence One has a positive spin, the other, a negative spin Instant Karma! - J.Lennon The I Don't Know Where I'm Going but I'm Goin' Nowhere in a Hurry Blues - S.Goodman ---------------------------------- If you want to teach someone how to play rhythm guitar, teach them Instant Karma!. ---------------------------------- Nowhere in a Hurry Blues is just a lot of fun to sing.

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here's my cover of Rocking in the Free World (Neil Young) ..less than a month before the big show south of us ..

Hi Everyone, here's a vocal cover of Billy Joel's "Just the way you are". Cut short at the end because of the long instrumental part. Thx for watching!

A classic folk song today, this is "Where Have All The Flowers Gone", originally by Pete Seeger. I first heard the Kingston Trio's version. Everyone adds their own twist, so here is mine.

Let’s all Keep on Smiling and enjoy all the good things!

Original song. { Janis}

Two Cover Songs about jealousy One from a man's point of view, the other from a woman's Jolene - D. Parton Jealous Guy - J. Lennon ------------------------------ I made the video montage from the Jolene episode of Dolly Parton's Netflix series, Heartstrings. If you like a Hallmark Channel movie , you will love Heartstrings. Everything Dolly touches is gold.

A cover of “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles’ George Harrison.

Here's my cover of Love In Mind (Neil Young) ..enjoy ..

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Beautiful music on this beautiful Sunday on the last weekend in September! Keep interacting and sharing and creating! yropenmic.com Gregory Swain and I singing his original song "Everything". And yes we planned our shirts to match the guitars and the walls and each other 🤣✌🎵

“Jambalaya” - in my own defence, Lamont made me do it!

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I am being lazy and tired from last night singing and playing at the open mic at Turtle Jacks and loving it! New friends/new ideas to improve my music making...big thanks to Steffi and right hand man...(forgot his name! 😖) So sending this little clip from a song I adlibbed while kayaking last week on Wilcox Lake in Grey Highlands area. 🥰

Greg Shields did a Utah Phillips song, so here’s another, “Hallelujah, I’m a Bum.” This song has a lot of verses and dates back to the 1890s.

The Green Rolling Hills of West Virginia - the classic Utah Phillips sad coal miner tale, but a fun pickin’ song. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl25s9kahOo

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Return to Sender (cover)

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April Wine’s “You Could Have Been a Lady” - just fooling around with a looper, guitar, mandolin, doumbek and a bundle of BBQ skewers.

Here’s Smile ! Music by Charlie Chaplin the silent movie Star ! Please listen and SMILE!

I wrote most of this song about ten years ago, but I never considered it finished and to be honest I kinda forgot about it. When I rediscovered it earlier this summer I realized that it included a similar line to one of my recent songs, “Broken Roads & Wrong Turns.” Not wanting to rip myself off, one of the lyrics had to change, so I have been looking for a word that I recently found in the Jack Kerouac novel “On the Road.” The song was unrelentingly dark, so I also added a bridge to brighten it up just a bit - but just a bit, it’s still pretty dark. To me, it sounds like one of the dark gospel songs from the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? Turned out the word I was looking for is “woesome” and I think I’ll call the song “Woesome Highway.” Isn’t woesome a great word? It’s basically a less common variation of “woeful.” I’m continuing my project of saving some of my originals to YouTube- supposed to sound better and it seems like a good place to save my songs in one place. Maybe I won’t lose this one again! https://youtu.be/Legy7ihYUqU

A pop tune today about confidence and image. A simple song, but a deeper meaning and message. This is "Pretty's on the Inside" by Chloe Adams.

I finally said f it and tried singing. I’m starting a vocal music AQ for teaching and figured I might as well. I did a “what would teacher-Dan say to a student” and just went for it. Again, I have NO idea how to sing so it’s very quiet. This is from a Swedish band called Mando Diao and the song is How We Walk. Check out their version. Much easier on the ears and eyes https://youtu.be/Y6kYhm6byts Be kind 😅 stay safe everyone

'Farmer's Song' Time to crop out 🍀🍁🍀

Original mini song (again)

One of my older tunes from pre-Late Fakirs days. In Your Dark Hotel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK0ey7XfpCg

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Hallelujah (cover) instrumental

This is an original from 1996. It’s based on the children’s book “Love You Forever” by Robert Munsch, which I used to read to our daughters when they were young. I haven’t played it for a long time: I thought it was a bit too “mushy” and long. But now that I’m older and a grandfather, I’m feeling kind of sentimental and “mushy”, so I thought I’d dust it off and give it a go. This is “I’ll Love You Forever”.

"The Dutchman" is a song written by Michael Peter Smith in 1968 and popularized by Steve Goodman. Here is Gregory Swain's version 🎶 treelinetheband.com

Here is an original song called The Spiderweb, please consider subscribing if it speaks to you. https://youtu.be/-eTPFp0MANg

Four Covers of YROM group members songs Oil and Saltwater - J Loucks ||| Stand Your Ground - V. Wang You're Not There - M. Howitt ||| Sitting on a Curb - D. Switek ------------------------------------------- Oil And Saltwater. https://www.facebook.com/yorkregionopenmic/posts/2592512151011054 When I first heard Oil and Saltwater it really reminded me of my first long term relationship. During our time together we lived in Calgary for a little over 9 months. We both knew that we were going to have a lot of fun but that we weren't long term compatible. John's song hit me in the right spot. --------------------------------------------- Stand Your Ground https://www.facebook.com/yorkregionopenmic/posts/2546250715637198 Vanessa is a songwriter with a style that's very upbeat. She writes catchy songs that make you want to dance. When I asked her for a song she suggested this one. A happy anthem with some soul and grit under the beat. The song of someone who's looking forward to the fight. Don't forget to wear a mask as you dance, 'cause this beat's infectious. --------------------------------------------- You're Not There https://www.facebook.com/michael.howitt.109/videos/10223403550586645 Ok.. So I slipped Mike's song in here too.. You've seen it before but how could I leave him out ? This song is Michael's homage to his father. Many cultures believe that the Aurora are the spirits of our ancestors watching over us so I set his song against some video of them. --------------------------------------------- Sitting on A Curb https://www.facebook.com/yorkregionopenmic/posts/2598725263723076 When Dale posted "Sitting on A Curb" I was just blown away by the imagery in it. First line.. "riding my bicycle to the bank". For me, it brought forth an evocative image of someone on a bike beside the big brown Bank of Nova Scotia building at King and Bay. Man against monolith in one scene. The song goes on from there filling my head with piercing images. How can anyone resist a line like "dirty dishes, dirty laundry and the neighbour's dirty looks." ? Each verse is a little movie about how a person can become homeless. He also provided the art that is in the video I couldn't play it Dale's way so I had to find my own way to the song. I changed a lot of the arrangement and tempo quite a bit. --------------------------------------------- I tried to honour the spirit of each song so I hope you like them.

Songwriters appreciate Songwriters. Who better to know how difficult it is to create, thats why we need to watch it all and like and say hey. yropenmic.com .....and then it was 2:45am and the steel string ukulele felt like it needed more strength than I had (ah the spoiled nylon string player) but finally a take I could, well, take. And no one needs to know why the abrupt ending (what the heck was i trying to play?). My cover of Joan Baez's cover of "Forever Young" by Bob Dylan ☮🧡😻

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When I heard the two Stompin’ Tom covers that Lamont Cranston did last time, I thought there was one missing. And, since the Stanley Cup finals are taking place right now (in September!) I thought I’d give it a shot (without the stompin’). This is a cover of The Hockey Song.

Recorded by Buddy Holly, written by Canadian legend Paul Anka - It Doesn’t Matter Anymore. I’m singing this like I feel it has to be sung...

I was listening to some older pop songs the other day and came across this tune. Man, back when Miley was still Hannah Montana... This is my favorite of her oldies (other than everyone's secret favorite Wrecking Ball) here is my spin on 'The Climb'!

Here’s Singing in the Rain from the 1952 musical with Gene Kelly who sang the song and Debbie Reynolds and Donald Occoner! We couldn’t get a lyric sheet for the middle section of the song so Mike just plays it.

I tried to make a list of the songs I have posted on YROM - takes forever! Turns out I have posted a lot more songs than I thought I had! I think I may have posted this one before, but I can’t find it and in any event it’s a great song. “No Change in Me” was cowritten by the great Newfoundland songwriter Ron Hynes and Murray McLaughlin.

Stellar day of music thanks to you all! When we started this we had no idea how long it would be for or what the response would be. It's quite the challenge to keep posting new songs, especially for a novice like me who didn't know that I knew that many songs, let alone had the ability to kinda play them. I am trying to grab those that I was told couldn't be done on uke or by me 🙃 well I do my best to drown out the naysayers, and what better place to give them a try but here among friends 🤩 and really I am not assuming I will play things exactly as they were recorded, because I am me, not them. You dig? "All I Wanna Be" by Peter Frampton - in sepia.

I had to share one more song! I miss singing and sharing soooo much! Here is Madeline’s song...

Diamonds. Original song.

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Born to be wild (cover)

Two Cover songs Follow Your Arrow - Kacey Musgraves I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor ------------------------------------- Two ladies who've looked at empowerment from different angles but come up with the same answer. Don't put up with other people's BS.

A song from the Summer-Ma Earth’s heart beat . 🥰

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Gregory Swain is a songwriter stories that lead to the creation of each of his songs, they only have to make sense to him 😎 but who cares when the songs produced come out like this one! "Shooting for the Moon" treelinetheband.com

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