Singin’ in the Buff

In the midst of all of the other projects that were ongoing this week, I had to squeeze in just one more.  My friend Michele owns Buffalo Trails Coffee House here in town and has been hosting a jam night on selected Fridays.  Jams are fairly common in this community, with sort of the same bunch of people coming out and playing.  They often sing as well, but we’ve found at Buffalo Trails that the audience is often singing along.

It usually happens that you start to hear someone humming away under their breath, afraid of intruding but unable to stop themselves.  Pretty soon someone will pass your table on the way to the Buffa-loo singing quietly to themselves, blissfully unaware that anyone is noticing.  Then one of the performers will start a song that most people know the chorus to and are suddenly surprised to find themselves  to be in possession of numerous back-up singers, whether they want them or not.  At this point, people walking along the street have started peeking in the door with little smiles on their faces.  This is what we consider Ignition Point.  The laptop comes out, song lyrics are being searched, and the poor, hapless guitar players are being ordered to “Play Halleleujah!!”, whether they know the song or not.

We noticed this phenomenon and got to talking, Michele and I.  She thought that maybe the way to go was a full-on sing-a-long….it’s what people seemed to be enjoying.  There are lots of other jams people can go to, after all.  We acknowledged that lots of people like to sing, but there’s no way they’d ever get up and sing into a microphone…certainly not in FRONT OF OTHER PEOPLE!! *gasp of horror*  But they seemed to be okay singing in a group…hmmmm……

As we sat discussing this, I was looking at her brightly decorated chalkboard that talked about the “Jam in the Buff”.  The smart-a** in me thought it was an idea that could work, especially with the right slogan, sooooooo……

And so it begins.  We’ve got binders with songs and charts, the gourmet hot-dogs and all the fixin’s are cooking, all we need now is your company.  Come on out.  Sing along.  It’s fun…and it just might make karaoke a little less scary.

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