Hey all, I am super pumped to see many of you in just one week in San Diego. I adore the IA Summit more than any other conference I’ve attended, and I am excited to tell you a bit about this year’s acoustic jam.
Update: Fakebook available!
We have so many AWESOME songs to sing and play tonight. Thank you to everyone who made this collection possible:
- Amy Silvers @ A_Silvers
- Andrea Resmini @resmini
- Christian Crumlish @mediajunkie
- Nathaniel Davis @iatheory
- Wendy AFG Stengel @ wendywoowho
Do me a favor, and focus on the awesomeness of the songs. If you’re curious about the weirdness of the presentation, I’d be glad to tell you a deliverable war story to add to your collection.
See and hear you all soon!
Last year in Baltimore, a number of us very nearly drummed up an impromptu acoustic jam, but we didn’t end up fitting it in.
Thinking of that a few months ago, I sent a note asking this year’s chairs about whether they could supply a room where we could meet. And they greeted the idea with open arms! San Diego will, as in select past years, include an informal gathering of IAs who also happen to play and sing.
How to participate
If you want to participate, all you have to do is show up on Friday at 8pm in Nautilus 5. Bring your acoustic instrument of choice.
If you’ve got some planning in you, I also welcome you to recommend songs for the fakebook that I’m putting together, so folks can sing along without memorizing the words.
How to watch
Well, officially, jams aren’t for watching. They’re informal gatherings of musicians (even beginners), where everyone present is participating. We want this jam to have a fun, welcoming feel, which might mean kicking out observers.
You have been warned!
But don’t despair—if you love watching music without participating, we highly recommend attending karaoke on Saturday night. Of course, we also recommend attending karaoke if you do like to sing!
See you soon!
Don’t forget to submit song recommendations and bring along your ukulele, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, melodica, or whatever other instrument you would like to play.