A song I co-wrote with Jan Garrett (what a thrill that was) is on the new Jan Garrett and JD Martin CD “Falling in Love Again.”
I’m so proud that I had a part in writing Genius in Disguise. You’ll agree Jan and JD’s arrangement and recording are amazing, with Jan singing in top form. I’m on cloud nine over this, you can’t imagine.
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Audience members at our gig last weekend were treated to Halloween goodie bags. Throughout the night, we asked music trivia questions and gave treats to the winners. By the end virtually everyone had a goodie bag filled with candy, a 3 song Soulpajamas EP, and miscellaneous stickers and things for the kids. Thanks again to all who showed up at Potomac Grill.
The Illustrated History of Soulpajamas (abridged)
600 AD Pope Gregory the Great codifies & collects the chant, used in Roman Catholic services. Names it Gregorian Chant in his honor
850 Western music starts to move from monotony, no, monophony to polyphony with vocal parts in church music moving in parallel intervals
1180 Troubadours, the original singer/songwriters, appear in Germany and call themselves minnesingers, "singers about love." So Paul McCartney's Silly Love Songs had a historical precedent.
1430 The Renaissance begins and some other stuff happens.
1565 In Italian music, castration emerges as a way of preserving the tone and high range of young male singing voices. Bad news for males.
1565 St. Paul's dictum prohibited women from singing on stage and in churches. Bad news for everybody.
1599 Dick Clark was born
1631 Erin heaves a sigh of relief when professional female singers appear for the first time on the English stage.
1866 Invention of the radio by Al Gore.
1888 Thomas Edison introduces an electric motor-driven phonograph.
1936 Electric guitars debut
1948 The microgroove 33 1/3 rpm long-play vinyl record (LP) is introduced by Columbia Records
1959 A young Erin starts the Kumquats, a small and sour a folk trio, in which she sings and plays auto harp.
1960 Dan gets his first (toy) guitar and takes a bow
1961 Erin takes her first classical organ lesson
1963 Philips introduces the Compact Cassette tape format, spelling doom for 8 tracks
1964 Dan gets his first real guitar with S&H Green Stamps.
1965 Family visits rellies in Kansas and Dan gets his first guitar lesson from uncle: classic C&W songs.
1966 Erin starts weekly commute to NYC for voice lessons
1967 Dan returns to Kansas for his second guitar lesson and Erin auditions for the Broadway production of Hair! in NYC (for real)
1969 While studying theatre at Ithaca College, Erin sings with jazz bands in clubs
1970 Dan starts writing songs with Bob Camp and they form a duo called Nightwing
1973 Nightwing on haitus
1974 Nightwing reunites and morphs into Taxi with added members Don, Denny and Rod
1976 Taxi opens for Steve Martin at Penn State University
1977 Saturday Night Fever ignites the dreaded disco craze. Taxi adds Al Seligson on drums and renames itself as Hatdance.
1979 Hatdance dissolves and the Student Nurses jam band is born. Skylab falls to earth. Dan joins the Phyrst Phamly, a long running tradition at the Phyrst bar in State College, PA.
1980 SONY introduces a palm-sized stereo cassette tape player called the Walkman. Dan successfully auditions for the Buffalo Chipkickers, a quirky, non-traditional bluegrass band and retires from the Phyrst Phamily.
1981 Buffalo Chipkickers do a short tour of Europe
1982 SONY releases the first CD player. Buffalo Chipkickers return to Europe for another tour.
1982 Dan sings and plays in a variety of wedding bands.
1982 Erin sings in a variety of wedding bands
1988 CDs outsell vinyl records for the first time. Joe Loftus & Sacred Ground is born. Dan and Robert Cote help Joe finish the album and it's released on cassette.
1996 Dan and Erin meet. It's 'like' at first site. At their honeymoon, Dan hears Erin sing for the first time and sparks fly. Erin hears Dan sing and tries to annul.
1996 Dan and Erin start the duo Spa Mamas which plays a few gigs and changes name to Soulpajamas.
2000 Soulpajamas releases 3 song EP.
2001 Apple introduces the first iPod.
2003 Apple launches iTunes Music Store.
2007 iPhone launched. Soulpajamas releases first full length CD entitled Dreaming a New Reality.
2009 Dan joins forces with Chapter Three
2011 Soulpajamas releases Reaching for the Sun, their 2nd full length CD.
2011 Dan, John Robbins and Jeff Halverson start a trio called Mandolin Rain.
2012 Mandolin Rain merged with Soulpajamas.
2013 The new and improved Soulpajamas plays it first gigs.