Musicians On Call

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  1. Brians Evil Twin

    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    Did my first night as a volunteer musician on call in the ICU, oncology and transplant wards at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. My duo partner has a killer voice and I play acoustic with a ToneWood Amp on the back (my secret weapon). You have to play from the MOC approved song list, no songs about death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics (unless they ask). But it doesn't matter, the people are just so grateful. It changes their whole mindset.

    We played/sang What A Wonderful World, Moon River, Sweet Pea (Amos Lee), Amazing Grace, Melissa, and a few others for two hours on three floors. A couple of folks started to cry and I almost did too. 14 patients and 13 family members. One guy was asking about my guitar how did I get it to sound so good and we got so many sincere compliments and thanks yous, it was very, very moving.

    I'm on regular rotation now so I'll be doing this monthly. So great to use whatever minor skills I have to raise the spirits of folks in such rough shape. The hospital staff was awesome too. We get valet parking and a $7 cafeteria voucher, but no other comp. But honestly I would pay to do it, it was so damn rewarding.
     

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    Kudos to you both.
     
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    It's refreshing to learn about acts on the lightside amidst contemporary media clutter. Salute!
     
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    welp, I'm out. :laugh2:


    seriously that's great. Great you made people happy and great that you enjoyed it.
     
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    ehb Chief Discombobulator Premium Member

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    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    What, you only know religious songs Mal?

    :laugh2:
     
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    James R Premium Member

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    You done good, thanks for giving your time and talent to people who need it.
     
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    I didn't think there were songs that weren't about death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics.

    That's pretty much every Rock, Blues, Metal, Country song....right there. Even in your list you said you played Amazing Grace,..so you snuck one in. (religion)

    I am in no way knocking the good work done. Just that it seems like most music is on that forbidden list. So if someone said, "play me a song that isn't about death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics",...I'd probably play the theme song to Popeye the Sailor Man,...and be done.
     
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    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    Here's the website if you want to sign up: https://www.musiciansoncall.org/

    You will have to get a background check, so that cuts out about 90% of the membership here.

    :thumb:
     
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    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    It was requested. So was the Allman Bros song.

    That's the one exception. It would be rather awkward to play Knockin' on Heaven's Door to a terminally ill patient or Amazing Grace to an atheist.

    And we will eventually be playing in children's hospitals, so Highway To Hell is right out.
     
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    this is me thinking of songs that meet the requirements...

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    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    Here's the current MOC approved song list. It is my intention to beef this up significantly:

    JAZZ/TRADITIONAL POP
    Al Jolson - I'm Sitting on Top of the World
    Bobby Darin - Dream Lover
    Bobby Darin - Splish Splash
    Dean Martin - Mambo Italiano
    Dean Martin - That's Amore
    Duke Ellington - It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)
    Ella Fitzgerald - Begin the Beguine (change "dead" and "Heaven")
    Ella Fitzgerald - Blue Skies
    Frank Sinatra - Fly Me To the Moon
    Frank Sinatra - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter
    Frank Sinatra - New York, New York
    Hoagy Carmichael - The Nearness of You
    Jazz standard - All The Things You Are
    Jazz standard - Almost Like Being In Love
    Jazz standard - Embraceable You
    Jazz standard - For Sentimental Reasons
    Jazz standard - Georgia On My Mind
    Jazz standard - I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me
    Jazz standard - I've Got a Crush on You
    Jazz standard - I've Got the World on a String
    Jazz standard - In A Sentimental Mood
    Jazz standard - Let's Fall in Love
    Les Paul & Mary Ford - The World is Waiting for the Sunrise
    Louis Armstrong - On the Sunny Side of the Street
    Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
    Nat King Cole - On the Sidewalks of New York
    Nat King Cole - Route 66
    Nat King Cole – Unforgettable
    Nina Simone - Feeling Good
    Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago
    Ruth Etting - Shine On Harvest Moon
    The Browns - The Old Lamplighter
    Vera Lynn - The White Cliffs of Dover

    FOLK/SINGER-SONGWRITER
    Alyssa Bonagura - I Make My Own Sunshine
    Amos Lee - Sweet Pea
    Audrey Hepburn - Moon River
    Ben Harper - Steal My Kisses
    Brandi Carlile - Have You Ever
    Buddy Holly – Everyday
    Cat Stevens - If You Want to Sing Out, Sing
    Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling in Love
    Jack Johnson - Banana Pancakes
    Jack Johnson - Better Together
    James Morrison - Precious Love
    James Taylor - Carolina In My Mind (Change "cryin'" and "dyin'" to "sighin'")
    James Taylor - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
    James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
    James Taylor - You've Got a Friend
    Jeremy Passion - Lemonade (suggested change: "Tylenol" to "comfort")
    Jim Croce - I Got a Name
    Jim Sturgess - I've Just Seen a Face
    John Denver - Calypso
    Lead Belly - Cotton Fields
    Melanie Safka - Brand New Key
    Norah Jones - Come Away With Me
    Pete Seeger and Lee Hays - If I Had a Hammer
    Peter, Paul and Mary - Somos El Barco
    Rachel Sermanni - Breathe Easy
    Simon & Garfunkel - 59th Street Bridge (Feelin' Groovy)
    Steve Goodman - City of New Orleans
    The Brothers Four - Frog Went a Courtin' (change "horny toad" to "big ole toad")
    The Hollies - Bus Stop (change "quite insane" to "had some fame")
    The Wood Brothers - Luckiest Man (change "the devil" to "my friend")
    Traditional African American Folk - Crawdad
    Woody Guthrie - This Land is Your Land

    R & B
    Al Green - Let's Stay Together
    Aretha Franklin - Chain of Fools
    Aretha Franklin – RESPECT
    Bill Withers - Lovely Day
    Chaka Khan - Tell Me Something Good
    Charles Wright - Express Yourself
    Corinne Bailey Rae - Put Your Records On
    Creedence Clearwater Revival / Tina Turner - Proud Mary
    Etta James - At Last
    Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
    Grand Funk Railroad - Some Kind of Wonderful
    Jackson 5 - A -B -C
    Jackson 5 - I want you back
    Kool & The Gang - Hollywood Swingin
    Lionel Richie - Stuck On You
    Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street
    McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now
    Miracles - Shop Around
    Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) the Dock of the Bay
    Otis Redding - Johnny Be Goode
    Rose Royce - Car Wash
    Sam Cooke - Honest You Do
    Sam Cooke - Twistin The Night Away
    Sam Cooke - What a Wonderful World This Would Be
    Sister Sledge - We Are Family [substitute "upset" for "depressed"]
    Sly & The Family Stone - Dance to the Music
    Stevie Wonder - Isn't She Lovely
    Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amor
    Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke
    The Drifters - This Magic Moment
    The Drifters - Under the Boardwalk
    The Fifth Dimension - Up, Up and Away
    The Ronettes - Be My Baby
    The Temptations - My Girl
    The Temptations - The Way You Do The Things You Do

    BROADWAY
    Gypsy - Everything's Coming Up Roses
    Judy Garland - The Trolley Song ("scared me half to death" change to "took my breath away")
    Julie Andrews - The Sound of Music
    My Fair Lady - I Could Have Danced All Night
    My Fair Lady - On the Street Where You Live
    My Fair Lady - Wouldn't It Be Loverly
    Oklahoma - Oh What A Beautiful Morning
    Singin' in the Rain - Singin' in the Rain
    The Music Man - Til There Was You
    The Sound of Music - Edelweiss

    ROCK
    Billy Joel - New York State of Mind
    Billy Joel - Uptown Girl
    Bobby Day - Rockin' Robbin
    Chicago - Saturday in the Park
    Coldplay - Green Eyes
    Counting Crows - Mr. Jones
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Down on the Corner
    Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin' Out My Back Door
    Dave Matthews Band - Satellite
    Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music
    Elton John - Crocodile Rock [substitute jived for died]
    Elton John - Your Song
    Elvis Presley - Good Luck Charm
    Eric Clapton - Wonderful Tonight
    Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill
    Firefall - You are the Woman
    First Class - Beach Baby
    Fleetwood Mac - Don't Stop
    Foo Fighters - Times Like These
    Grand Funk Railroad - The Loco-Motion
    Herman's Hermits - Can't You Hear My Heartbeat
    Herman's Hermits - I'm Henry VIII
    John Fogerty - Centerfield
    Johnny Otis - Willie and the Hand Jive
    Kenny Loggins – Footloose
    Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman
    Roy Orbison - You Got It
    Scorpions - Wind of Change
    Steve Miller Band - Swingtown
    Sting - Fields of Gold
    The Archies - Sugar Sugar
    The Beach Boys - Surfin' USA
    The Beatles - Here Comes the Sun
    The Crickets - It's So Easy
    The Eagles - Peaceful Easy Feeling [Change "I may never see you" to "I can't wait to see you"]
    The Eagles - Take It Easy
    The Marshall Tucker Band - Virginia
    The Pretenders - Don't Get Me Wrong
    The Romantics - What I Like About You
    The Troggs - Love is All Around
    The Turtles - Happy Together
    Tommy Roe - Sweet Pea
     
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    Way THANKS for posting that list!
     
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    Stevie Wonder - My Cherie Amor
    Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke

    great songs
     
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    No songs about religion, but you played 'Amazing Grace"?

    Now, THAT'S "Rock-n-Roll"!

    Seriously, though, you guys are doing an awesome thing.:thumb:
     
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    That's really an awesome thing man! My dad was admitted to a nursing home out of state from me and by the time I got there he had the whole place waiting for full on shindig. I played there for the days I visited but plan on moving back to be around him and making a point to play on a regular basis.
    They might be up in years and in not that great a shape but they still know how to have fun.
     
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    Some others that I may try to get them to accept:

    93 Million Miles - Jason Mraz
    A Song For You - Leon Russell
    Any Major Dude Will Tell You - Steely Dan
    Arms of A Woman - Amos Lee
    Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
    Born On The Bayou - CCR
    Come On Up To The House - Tom Waits
    Daydream - The Lovin' Spoonful
    Doctor My Eyes - Jackson Browne
    Everything's Made For Love - Diana Krall
    Falling Slowly - Hansard/Irglova
    Get Together - The Youngbloods
    Green River - CCR
    I Would Never - The Blue Nile
    If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crowe
    If It's Magic - Stevie Wonder
    Lead The Way - Lizz Wright
    Life Is Beautiful - Keb' Mo'
    Listen To The Music - Doobie Bors
    Love Potion #9 - The Zombies
    My Guy - Smokey Robinson/Mary Wells
    Nature Boy - Eden Ahbez
    Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues
    One Lonely Night - Amos Lee
    Open Arms - Patty Larkin
    Our House - CSN&Y
    Rainbow Connection - Kermit The Frog
    Rikki Don't Lose That Number - Steely Dan
    Rivers & Roads - The Head and the Heart
    Sail Away - David Gray
    Spooky Stormy Mashup - The Classics Five
    Stand By Me - Ben E. King
    Summertime - Gershwin
    Take It Easy - Eagles
    Tennessee Whiskey - Chris Stapleton
    The Letter - Boxtops
    Up On Cripple Creek - The Band
    Wildflowers - Tom Petty
    Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da - Beatles
    Two Of Us - Beatles
    When I'm Sixty-Four - Beatles
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles
    Your Mother Should Know - Beatles
    Maybe I'm Amazed - Beatles
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles
    Forever Young - Dylan
    Girl From The North Country - Dylan
    Mr. Tambourine Man - Dylan
    Wagon Wheel - Dylan
    You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Dylan
    Acony Bell - Gillian Welch
    Down Along The Dixie Line - Gillian Welch
    One More Dollar - Gillian Welch
    Red Clay Halo - Gillian Welch
    500 Miles - Roseanne Cash Version
    Miss The Mississippi - Roseanne Cash Version
    Days Like This - Van Morrison
    Moondance - Van Morrison
    And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison
    Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison
     
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    Well we did our second gig as a MOC duo on Tuesday night at the local VA hospital community center. It's where the house vets who are too sick for home care, but not sick enough for the ICU. Most of the guys (and a few women) are bed-bound and in rough shape. We played for 21 vets and 9 family members going room to room. It seems every time we play "It's A Wonderful World" people start to cry. Here are the lyrics:

    I see trees of green, red roses too
    I see them bloom for me and you
    And I think to myself what a wonderful world

    I see skies of blue and clouds of white
    The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
    And I think to myself what a wonderful world

    The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky
    Are also on the faces of people going by
    I see friends shaking hands saying how do you do
    They're really saying I love you

    I hear babies crying, I watch them grow
    They'll learn much more than I'll never know
    And I think to myself what a wonderful world
    Yes I think to myself what a wonderful world
     
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    Mal, old school Country songs. Pickup trucks, hound dogs, and cheating wives.
     
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    Cheating Wives that got killed, and hound dogs that died.

    :laugh2: " death, heaven, hell, drugs, sex, religion or politics."
     
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