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Tues. Bluegrass Jam - State College, PA

Max 21 Jan 09 - 05:46 PM
katlaughing 21 Jan 09 - 05:51 PM
MMario 21 Jan 09 - 06:37 PM
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Subject: Tues. Bluegrass Jam State College, PA
From: Max
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 05:46 PM

Thought I'd tell you all about something wonderful that happened to me last week. As many of you know I just moved to State College, Pennsylvania. I had been in town just a few days, but was already missing home, family and friends. I'm staying temporarily over an hour away from my job, so even the comforts on my temporary home were at a reach.

Well, I stumbled upon a web site that had just a few words written about a Bluegrass Jam. It said:

Tuesday Night Bluegrass, Old Time and Gospel Jam. Every Tuesday night at the Pine Hall Lutheran Church, 1760 West College Avenue, State College, 7-10 p.m. Open to the public. Everyone is welcome to join in--or just to listen.

Well that's all I needed to hear.

So I went. I entered right on time, and noticed a bunch of folks kind of eyeing me up, wondering what I was doing there. It was clear that they all knew eachother very well, so as a stranger, I stuck out a bit. One fella even asked my what kind of music I expected to hear. I told him that I was sure I'm here for exactly the kind of music they are all about to play.

Well, long story short, I met about 30 of the finest folks around. They welcomed me with open arms and made me feel right at home. When I explained my situation of being new in town, new job, long commute and so on, they offered me comfort and any help they could give.

I told them about mudcat, and I know for a fact they'd all fit in. For I have seen this song circle before. Not these people, mind you, but the ritual of a sing or a jam or whatever folks want to call it, and the friendship and kindness.

So I just wanted to post a big thank you to the fine gentlemen and ladies at the Tuesday Night Bluegrass, Old Time and Gospel Jam at Pine Hall Lutheran Church. They may never know how much they helped my spirit and how grateful I am to them.

So once again, the love of old time music has made me some fine friends.


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Subject: RE: Tues. Bluegrass Jam - State College, PA
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 05:51 PM

Your home away from home, eh? That's wonderful, Max. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving and talented guy!


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Subject: RE: Tues. Bluegrass Jam - State College, PA
From: MMario
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 06:37 PM

Godd to hear that Max !


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Subject: RE: Tues. Bluegrass Jam - State College, PA
From: PoppaGator
Date: 22 Jan 09 - 09:15 AM

Great story, and glad to hear you stumbled upon such a nice surprise so soon after relocating.

I wonder if you brought an intrument along for that first encounter. (I'm pretty sure you'll have one with you for the second visit!) I'm not sure whether I would have brought my guitar or not, showing up unannounced llike that.

I probably would not have done so. They specifically invited "listeners," and if as a newcomer I found myself feeling at home sooner rather than latger, well, one can always sing, right?


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Subject: RE: Tues. Bluegrass Jam - State College, PA
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 01:05 AM

Hi Max,
       Contact Jim Colbert. He is the head honcho of the folk music scene in State College. He is the local folk DJ, a singer-songwriter and a very fine performing musician. Besides being a personal friend of mine he is the nicest guy you would ever want to meet.

His e-mail address is jimcolbert@aol.com    Tell him that Sol Zeller from The Borderline Folk Music Club told you to contact him. He will welcome you with open arms to your new home.


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Subject: RE: Tues. Bluegrass Jam - State College, PA
From: open mike
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 01:33 AM

yay--always good to hear about the power of music
to bring people together.


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Subject: RE: Tues. Bluegrass Jam - State College, PA
From: Max
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 06:03 PM

Yes, I took a guitar and I did play.

Kind of funny. I happened to sit on the short side of the circle, so within a minute or two I could tell it was going to be my turn pretty soon. I was thinking, "Ok, all the songs so far have been in C with no bridges or refrains, should I play something simple like that or something different to shake it up?"

I ended up playing something different. Oh Glory How Happy I Am by Gary Davis. They seemed to like it.

I looked around and realized I was about half the age of the average of the room, that this circle has been going on for 6 years, and these folks have known eachother for a long time. I thought the least I could do was to be New Blood. I feel like we did that with the FSGW with what I hope is considered a success. So, its my bag.

My 2nd song was in C and had no bridge or refrain.


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