“Spreading the Good Muse”
Do your ears perk up when you hear:
Bill Monroe, Hank Williams, Woody Guthrie, Rev. Gary Davis, Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash, Big Bill Broonzy, Ralph Stanley, the Carters, Old Crow Medicine Show, Louvin Brothers, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Everly Brothers, Del McCoury, Son House, Sam Bush, Memphis Minnie, Delmore Brothers, Tony Rice, Darrell Scott, Muddy, even Neil and Bob?
Then you got a hankerin’ and an appreciation for American Roots Music. From the Red, White and Blues to the Red, White and Bluegrass, we’ve been blessed with musical traditions speaking directly to our lives, joys, trials, victories, losses, and sorrows. These traditions, each unique, but drawing from common threads and inspirations speak directly to the human condition and our need to appreciate and understand all it offers.
Now is the time to step up and do your part to keep these traditions alive. Continuing from where our predecessors left off, Blue Muse Roots Jam will meet monthly to that purpose. If you’ve been craving the opportunity to meet and play acoustic music with others of like inclination this is it! No charge, no tricks or gimmicks, just bring your instrument(s), and your interest. To fully engage the experience, you should be able to play your instrument, especially if you’re sitting inside the circle. That said, all skill levels will be welcomed. Customarily, the pilgrims and newbies sit outside the circle until their skills and confidence tell them it’s time to move forward. Watch what those old-timers are doing. You’ll know soon enough when you’re ready to take the plunge.
Guitars, harps, mandolins, banjos fiddles and bass, etc., etc., all will be welcomed, even gazoos and drums (within limits). Curious listeners? All will be welcomed. In line with tradition the door is open to all who have genuine interest. Just step on through.
Full details are provided below.
We had hoped to finalize arrangements with the good folks at Tacoma Library for another year of jams and camaraderie. We had locked in the dates last spring, but unexpectedly, the locked-in dates were rescinded. There have been many changes at the library, one of which is dates/locations are now on a first-come first-serve basis, and can not be scheduled more than ninety days out. In effect, that throws our annual calendar, and plans into uncertainty. We no longer have the ability to confirm dates and locations far enough in advance to prepare a reliable schedule. As of this date, I have not been able to impact the issue, and am losing confidence it will resolve. We will move forward with the coming year’s cycle starting in September 2022. Blue Muse is no longer a recognized Tacoma Library program, and we are exploring all possible options at this time. Should there be any conflicts, we will attempt arrangements at other locations when possible. Last spring we found temporary home at Tacoma Library's Wheelock Branch. We were most fortunate. It’s a premier conference location in a beautiful setting. It is spacious and almost cathedral-like inside with high vaulted ceilings. But it won’t always be available. We are also considering the Fern Hill Branch as an alternate but not optimal venue when conflicts arise. Lastly, I have been communicating with folks in the Pierce County Library system and things are stirring.
Unless otherwise indicated, our gatherings will be at one of the addresses below:
Fern Hill Branch Tacoma Library
765 S 84th St.
Tacoma, WA 98444
Grace R. Moore Branch Tacoma Library
215 South 56th St.
Tacoma, WA 98408
University Place Branch Pierce County Library
University Place Town Center
3609 Market Pl W
University Place, WA 98466
Wheelock Branch Tacoma Library
3722 N 26th St.
Tacoma, WA 98407
Here are our planned dates from September 2022 thru June 2023:
September 17, 2022
October 15, 2022 - University Place Library
October 29, 2022 - Moore Library
November 19, 2022 - Wheelock Library
December 3, 2022 - Fern Hill Library
December 17, 2022 - Wheelock Library
January 21, 2023 - University Place Library
February 18, 2023
March 18, 2023
April 15, 2023
May 20, 2023
June 17, 2023
Participants must be fully vaccinated. No active symptoms, and no recent exposures. Honor system on these matters.
We abide by the Library's policy regarding masks, whatever the policy is on the day of the jam. You should have a mask with you just in case. The room has adequate space for social distancing, if you have that concern.
As in the past, we plan to have two floor microphones. They are available if you feel you need the volume boost. You assume any risks if you use the mics. With Covid, you may have reservations. I understand. We’ll have microphone covers freely available, if you wish to use them. If you have thoughts or preferences, let me know.
We thought we had confirmed our gathering dates from September 2022 thru June 2023. The Tacoma Library canceled those holds and informs they only guarantee dates 90 days out. We’ll just have to keep on top of the issue, but it does pose unneeded complications. As it stands, we are are no longer a formal library program, and must compete with other worthwhile programs on a first come - first serve basis. We still plan to gather on the dates listed below. There is however the possibility a date or location may have to be reset or canceled because of scheduling conflicts. We will always keep you advised by email the week of the event.
WITH THE RETURN TO IN-PERSON GATHERINGS, OUR BI-WEEKLY ONLINE SCHEDULED SESSIONS WILL CONCLUDE. IT'S BEEN AN AMAZING TWO-PLUS YEARS OF COMMUNITY AND SHARING. AFTER A ROUGH START AND LOTS OF EXPERIMENTATION, WE LEARNED AND EVOLVED TO WHERE SESSIONS BECAME STATE-OF-THE-ART AND FOR ALL PRACTICAL PURPOSES FUNCTIONED IN REAL TIME. OUR SERVER CONTINUES TO BE POPULAR WITH THE TECH-SAVVY MUSICIANS, AND I OFTEN DROP IN. GOING FORWARD THE SERVER WILL REMAIN ACTIVE 24/7 FOR ANYONE WHO WISHES TO USE IT. IF YOU WANT TO HOOK UP AND WORK ON SOME IDEAS, SIMPLY SEND OUT THE INVITES. FOR THOSE INTERESTED, THIS IS FACILITATED USING THE JAMULUS SOFTWARE PACKAGE, A FREE DOWNLOAD http://llcon.sourceforge.net/. YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN IN. FOR FULL INFORMATION ON WHAT YOU NEED TO GET GOING, CLICK HERE.
Any questions, email “Billy” at
(Ignore/delete the Z’s) ZbluemuserootsjamZ@Zgmail.com