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EJ-Kisz
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Hey Everyone!

I'm in need of some song suggestions!  I have just been asked to play for the grand re-opening of the Whiting Community center!  It's a huge honor as the building itself is over 150 years old an hosted 4 presidential speeches!

They've asked me to play about an hour worth of material w/ 20 minutes dedicated to a stage performance in the auditorium! I'm REALLY nervous about this one! I'll be the first performance on that stage in over 25 years! .....not to mention, it's one of the top 10 haunted locations in Indiana! LOL

They're looking for some lively, upbeat songs that are simple & not necessarily classical.  I know a bunch, but I think I need some more to meet the time requirement.

I may not be that good at fiddling, but the songs I do know, are! ...if that makes any sense... LOL I'm used to playing Civil War era stuff and I can do that in my sleep!

What songs do you guys like that are simple enough to learn by March 30th?

Thanks everyone!

~EJ 

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Hey EJ...

You know Ashokan right?   How about Tennesse Waltz.  (popular)  Scarborough Fair seems to be widely popular.  Would any patriotic songs work such as America The Beautiful.  That on is pretty and easy.  On Top of Old Smokey, Home on the Range, Red River Valley (that one is controversial these days), Tom Dooley, Bicycle Built for two, Buffalo Girls, Deep in the Heart of Texas.

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I know that pressure. The pressure to choose the right stuff and enough of it. It's not easy but hopefully you'll get some great advice. I'll give it some thought.

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There is always this oldie but goodie -

Civil War songs?  Have you ever heard of Southern Soldier Boy one of my new favorites.

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Those are some great suggestions, Toni!!  Thanks!

I know Ashokan VERY well! I've really go all out with that one and throw in 5-note rolls and chords/double stops!

TN Waltz should be a good one too, I'll have to find the music or clear video of it.  Scarborough is definitely on the list!

Back Home Again (In Indiana) completely slipped my mind!  I haven't played that one in a while, but it's perfect!  There are going to be some big donors & politicians there, so it is definitely fitting! 

I absolutely love Southern Soldier Boy!  Did you know that it's actually an older song? It was written to the melody of Star of The County Down! .....which will go well in that set list of mine! 

Great idea's so far!!  Keep 'em coming!!

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There are tons of fiddle tunes that are great:

Fishers Hornpipe

Cherokee Shuffle

Blackberry Blossom

Squirrel hunters

Beuamont Rag

Black Mountain Rag

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Black Berry Blossom & Fisher's Hornpipe are going in! I know a ton of songs like that, but I keep on forgetting that I know them!

They recently informed me that they want me to play something on piano with one of their singers, so, more added stress! LOL

One of the last musical performances before the auditorium was shut down was John Lennon & Yoko Ono, so we decided to play Imagine. The pressure is on my friend to sing it, I can play that one in my sleep! :D  But I think it's really cool that one of the last songs played there will be one of the first in the new age! .....and  that I will be on the same stage as John Lennon once was!! surprisedfainting-1344dancing

After that performance, I learned that the theater was only used for public debates, speeches and plays, but not another musical performance.  I am going to have access to it the day before to get a feel for the acoustics, but it's going to be at night.....and it's in the top ten Indiana haunted locations! dazedfacepalmdunnobeg

Wish me luck!!! 

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EJ!!! so very very cool that you will be on the same stage as John Lennon.  I have sheet for Imagine for Violin... I haven't put too much into it yet.  

Haunted... oooooh... exciting.. maybe John will come out to listen.. ooooooo eeee oooooovampire8  

I am so excited for you.  Keep us posted. 

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Oh wow, hope you have someone do a GOOD job of shooting the video of your part and get it up on youtube so we all can see it.

How cool, John Lennon then you! Wow again

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I can't believe how fast it went by!  I had to take several days to recover because that day was so intense! 

In the main auditorium, I played 5 songs (3 violin, 2 piano)....and had a MAJOR plan for it! I wanted to leave a little piece of "me" reverberating through the walls just as those who performed there before me! ......speaking of reverberation and sound, my FM Soloist sounded SO amazing, more on that in a few! :D

The 1st song was "Danny Boy" by request of the mayor....couldn't turn that one down! It's one of my fav to play on violin to really show emotion.  I followed it up with Ashokan Farewell, another favorite.  Then I unveiled my plan.  I played a song I wrote called "The Long Farewell." It has an Irish waltz feel to it.  It. Sounded. Amazing. 

I really think my violin & the sound in the auditorium covered all of my deficiencies, at least for that day! 

And yes, there should be video! By the middle of Danny Boy, I noticed people started to pull out their camera phones and record! ....no flashes, but video! The director is currently asking for links to the videos to share on their page as well! When I get 'em, I'll share 'em here too! 

Then, part two of my plan unfolded.  I turned to piano and played a song I wrote called, "Beautiful Shadows" on the baby grand piano there! Simply stunning!  After that, my friend came on and we finished with Imagine.  At that point, everything seemed surreal! No crowd, no other noise, not even back pain. It was just me and the piano and I just kept hearing birds chirping in my head! ....and no, I didn't hit my head, thank you very much. ;-) I had watched the video for Imagine over and over the week leading up to it which starts with Lennon & Ono on a nature walk! :D

It wasn't till Mehgan put her hand on my shoulder at the end of the song that I noticed the crowd again! They were standing and clapping! She helped me up and we took our bows! It was so amazing! .......but it wasn't over!

I was immediately approached by the event coordinator with an "emergency."  The musician they had asked to play the Star Spangled Banner didn't show for the ribbon cutting ceremony.  They asked if I could play it.  I explained that I never tried it on violin before, but knew where I could get the music for it (yes, I got it from this site! LOL).  I took 20 minutes to learn & memorize it and played it in front of the media & guests! .....I felt every ounce of pressure on that one! Apparently I did well as I was complimented afterwards!

After that, I was given free reign to play where ever I wanted to in the building for the rest of the event! So, I chose one of the meeting halls near the entrance.  Nothing but marble and hard tiling!! Again, my FM soloist shined!  It felt like I could hear every note expand all the way across the room and then return to me with the same intensity & sweetness! And every time I finished a song, the room had the feeling that I was still playing! Simply amazing! 

Granted, I couldn't move for the next few days, but it was so worth it! 

I tried to do a little research on when John Lennon was there, but there was a fire near the main hallway to the auditorium which destroyed most of the pictures of famous performances.  There were so many back in its day!  I'm researching it further and should find something.  After all, the building was built by the Rockefeller's back during the height of the industrial revolution! The building has so much history!

On a side note, we did have a bit of an "experience" the night before in the auditorium!  We kept hearing voices from the balcony all night and even had the security guard check it out! ......kinda creepy! LOL  

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Sounds great EJ. Thanks for sharing the story.

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Oh man Eric.. that is so cool.. The whole event sounds cool and rewarding.

I can feel your super good vibes and how wonderful that was for you.  I think I got a little dizzy reading it.. :)

spooky sounds in the Halls .....ooooo eeee oooo.... so cool.

Good Job... thank you so much for sharing.

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