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You are invited to a May Party!!
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Grab your fiddles and play any song having to do with May. I was going to open with a recording of a tune, but time got away from me. I personally have a lot of things to celebrate in May, my birthday, anniversary, Mothers Day and towards the middle of May one year playing the violin!!

All of us can celebrate the Special and Wacky Days of May:
1 May Day
1 Loyalty Day
1 Mother Goose Day
1 Save the Rhino Day
2 Baby Day
2 Brothers and Sisters Day
2 International Tuba Day - first Friday in May
2 Space Day - first Friday in May
3 Lumpy Rug Day
3 World Press Freedom Day
4 Bird Day
4 National Candied Orange Peel Day
4 Renewal Day
4 Star Wars Day
5 Cinco de Mayo
5 National Hoagie Day
5 Oyster Day
6 Beverage Day
6 National Tourist Appreciation Day
6 National Nurses Day
6 National Teachers Day (Tuesday of the first full week of May)
6 No Diet Day
7 School Nurses Day the Wednesday during Nurse's Week
7 National Tourism Day
8 Iris Day
8 No Socks Day
8 V-E Day
8 World Red Cross Day / World Red Crescent Day
9 Lost Sock Memorial Day
9 Military Spouses Day the Friday before Mother's Day
10 Birth Mother's Day - Saturday before Mother's Day
10 Clean up Your Room Day
10 International Migratory Bird Day the second Saturday in May
10 National Train Day- date may vary
11 Eat What You Want Day
11 Mother's Day - second Sunday
11 Twilight Zone Day
12 Fatigue Syndrome Day
12 International Nurses Day
12 Limerick Day
13 Frog Jumping Day
13 Leprechaun Day
14 Dance Like a Chicken Day
14 National Receptionist Day the second Wednesday in May
15 National Chocolate Chip Day
15 Police Officer's Memorial Day
16 Love a Tree Day
16 National Bike to Work Day - third Friday of month
16 National Sea Monkey Day
16 Wear Purple for Peace Day
17 Armed Forces Day - third Saturday of month
17 Pack Rat Day
18 International Museum Day
18 No Dirty Dishes Day
18 Visit Your Relatives Day
19 Boy's Club Day
20 Be a Millionaire Day - now we all can go for that
20 Pick Strawberries Day
21 National Memo Day
21 National Waiters and Waitresses Day
22 Buy a Musical Instrument Day
23 Lucky Penny Day
24 International Jazz Day - Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.
24 National Escargot Day
25 National Missing Children's Day
25 Tap Dance Day
26 Memorial Day
26 Sally Ride Day
27 Sun Screen Day
28 Amnesty International Day
29 Learn About Composting Day
30 Water a Flower Day
31 National Macaroon Day
31 Save Your Hearing Day
31 World No Tobacco Day

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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There is no shame in playing twinkle, youre playing Mozart

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Great idea.

Very cool Barry. Never heard that tune before. I like it.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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May 10 "Birth Mother's Day". (Not telling my mom it's also 'Clean your room day')
My birth mother is Chinese, so I figured why not? Chinese song: Dream Pursuer.
(Kinda short. Gets repetitive without lyrics.)

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Very nice Panda, can tell by the way you played it you knew the piece very well

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Yay for May! I was just thinking on the way home tonight...I wonder if @Schaick is going to start that May party she was talking about on the chat. :)

I'm in. I've had my tune picked out since we chatted about it but I don't know when I'll have time to record. With any luck I can squeeze it in this weekend.

Great list of May days, Patty, but you missed one VERY important one: World Fiddle Day, Saturday, May 17th. http://www.worldfiddleday.com/
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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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@Barry If ever I need a pick-me-up I'm coming to your place, got it? XD

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Great song @Panda-P.

Great songs @Barry. LOL!! Glad you explained the Cluck Old Hen was a song. My first thought was how dare he call me an old hen, my second thought, well I do resemble that remark!!

@KindaScratchy How could I have missed such an important day?! That might actually be the very day I started playing the violin last year.

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Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Love it @Barry! I swear every time I see you post something it is a song I like to play as well. Wish we lived close together, I'd be jamming with you everyday. Here's my inspiration when I play Cluck Ol' Hen.

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May 4th is Star Wars day. Where are all the Star Wars theme songs?!?!
May the 4th be with you...

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Panda-P said

@Barry If ever I need a pick-me-up I'm coming to your place, got it? XD

no problem thumbs-up

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did to, would love a jammin partner

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I think I might try recording this starting on another string. When I record the high strings it sounds so harsh.

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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It may not have May in the title, but I thought "The Flowers of Edinburgh" fit with the May theme, with all the lovely flowers that bloom this time of year. Here's my rendition, such as it is, which is inspired by Mark O'Connor's version on the "Liberty! The American Revolution" soundtrack.

This brings to mind one of my favorite jokes/riddles: If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

(BTW, this is not the tune I originally wanted to do for this party, but the other one isn't quite ready for prime time. If I can polish it up before the end of the month, I might make a second contribution.)

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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@KindaScratchy That was great!! Yep, May is all about the flowers! My garden is starting to burst with flowers.

June weddings?

Every girlfriend my husband had, before we met, that he gave cut flowers to broke up with him. He has NEVER given me cut flowers, but since I am a gardener he has bought truck loads of flowers for me to plant!! It will be 38 years on May 7th.

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Nice tune. -- Pilgrims.

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright

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EXCELLENT !! nicely done Diane. though you did scare me a bit with how close to the tip you play. Im guilty of the same thing at times and have even got the tip hung up before
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I so loved the performances ... Thank you. I want to do one...

Thanks @Schaick!!! Great list!!!!

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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Thanks, folks. Good guess, @Schaick, but @Uzi wins. Mayflowers bring pilgrims. http://fiddlerman.com/wp-content/forum-smileys/rofl.gif

Yeah, Barry. I know I play too close to the tip a lot of the time. Don't know why. I've run out of bow on a few occasions. Gotta work on that.

Speaking of bowing, my self-critique is that I don't use enough bow on the introduction (which, by the way, is the B part played slowly). My excuse is that I was tense while recording, tension leads to bow bounce and I subconsciously minimize that by shortening my bow strokes. Gotta get over that.

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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And I meant to say, great job @Barry and @Schaick!

I like Cluck Old Hen a lot. I play that, too, though not nearly as well. It's one tune, though, where I'm able to throw in a few bluegrassy slides.

I've never heard that May Song before. Call me crazy, but doesn't it sound like a slightly more complex variation on Twinkle?

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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