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2020 started out great. By mid-February, B-Cubed music already had 53 bookings throughout the year. Jack Moose was excited to visit his friends around Linoln.
And then came COVID-19.
Barb and Jack Moose's last "live" gig was early March, and then, due to precautions and concerns for residents of retirement homes, assisted living and memory care centers, all visits stopped.
So, the idea of weekly music videos was hatched, and the Jack Moose Sessions made their debut on March 27, 2020. Of course, it's not the same as being there in person (we REALLY MISS seeing you all), but the Activity Directors report that they are using the videos and the residents (and staff) are indeed singing along and having fun with the music. Perfect!
Viewers are invited to have fun, reminisce via songs of their youth, and join in with singing, clapping or even some foot stomping. Jack Moose usually sleeps through the Sessions.
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Songs from the 18th, 19th & 20th Centuries!
And you'll note on Shady Grove, that after building up a certain verse, I didn't sing it! Whoops! LOL
5 songs - 20 minutes
Bill Morgan's Gal; Comin' Through the Rye; Shady Grove; The Chivalrous Shark; Hard Times Come Again No More
Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Stay safe, and enjoy the music from Me and Jack Moose to YOU!
4 songs - 18 1/2 minutes
1800's Medley; Erie Canal; Down in the River to Pray; Goodnight Ladies
It's been cold and dreary here most of the week, so I've delved into my old songs for today's setlist, and Jack Moose and I hope to liven things up a bit for you!
Let's have some harmonies here!
5 songs - 20 minutes
Yankee Doodle; Drill Ye Tarriers, Drill; Red River Valley; Molly Malone (In Dublin's Fair City); Lewiston Factory Girl
To me, Music is Magic, so we hope you enjoy the "magical" appearance in the first second of this video. LOL Are you ready to sing, clap, stomp your feet, hoot and holler and have a good time?
Well, you are in the right place. Let's go!
5 songs - 20 minutes
Polly Wolly Doodle; Five Foot Two; Git Along Little Dogies; Billy Boy; Old Dan Tucker
I would love for you to believe that I intentionally used the camera technique called "Dutch Angle", like in the old 1949 film noir, "The Third Man"...you know, that's where the camera is canted just a bit to make you feel a wee bit off balance.
But the truth is that I used a different holder for my smart phone. I tested it twice, and it and it looked fine, but somehow it shifted slightly off kilter after I'd set it and started to video in earnest.
So, you know what...after looking at it, I left it that way. Why?
I left it in because in a review of that 1949 camera technique it said, "...the style evokes the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical post-war Vienna at the start of the Cold War." And it did!
So, extrapolating that to 2020...My camera style of Session #6 must therefore evoke the atmosphere of an exhausted, cynical, post-healthy America at the start of the Coronavirus War. Works for me.
6 songs - 26 minutes
The Ballad of Buddy the Cat (Original by Barb); Go Tell Aunt Rhody; Froggy Went a Courtin'; The Pesky Serpent; The Drunkard and the Pig; Why Can't I Put My Smartphone Down (Lyrics by Barb, set to a tune by Levon Helm)
Photo of Buddy the Cat, the subject of the first song, and a photo of Barb wearing the same beanie as she is in this week's video!
I'm calling this the "Headless Jack Moose Session".
That's because a little way in, he decided to stretch out with his head out of the camera shot.
But his body is there, and you just know his head is attached at the correct end. Use your imaginations!
Enjoy, and don't forget to sing along. Let's hear some harmonies!
PS...don't worry about the cough...it's allergy season!
5 songs - 22 minutes
Oh, My Darling Clementine; Hush Little Baby; Little Brown Jug; Colonoscopy Song (original by Barb); Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Screw up your courage and sing along or stomp your feet and clap. Release your inner child. We have a little under 20 minutes of fun for you!
6 songs -19 minutes
April Showers; Buffalo Gal; Oh, Susanna; The Potato Song; Silly Medley; There is No Place Like Nebraska (pre Virtual Spring Game)
Part 1 of 2
NOTE: Two Videos for this Week - Jack Moose took a hiatus midway through, so I had to edit out that 2 minute wait, and it was easier to just divide up the video rather than learn my new video editing software "on the fly".
And yes, we brought out the Nose Flute today!!! Woohoo! Now gather round and sing along!
Part 1 - 3 songs - 11 minutes
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean; A Little Bit More; All Through the Night
Part 2 of 2
Hooray! We got Jack Moose back in the picture. And with Bunny Ears!
Part 2 - 3 songs - 9 minutes
I've Been Working on the Railroad; I'm in Love With a Big Blue Frog; Here Comes Peter Cottontail
DISCLAIMER: Until I watched the video I had no idea Jack Moose had misinterpreted his job as my "sidekick". He thought I said "side lick", apparently, and thus he has made the fourth song...how shall I say...slightly "R" rated.
And he doesn't seem at all sorry. That's our Boy! Yes, I left in...avert your eyes if you must.
5 songs - 14 minutes
You Are My Sunshine; Home on the Range; Mouse on the Barroom Floor; Take Me Out to the Ballgame; How Much is that Doggie in the Window
No special mic or sound equipment...just me and Jack Moose sharing some tunes. Shot with my Samsung 7 phone.
The banjo was a little loud at first so I stuffed one of Jack's bunny rabbit toys in the back and redid the set. It's a learning experience, but so far, so good.
3 Songs -10 minutes
She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain; Sioux City Sue; Sacred Small (Original by Barb)