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February
2008
Volume 8 Issue 02
 

straight from the pony's mouth

PAL OF THE MONTH

Ronda
rockin' ronda


our pal
of the month


Each month we feature a different Pal as a thank you to those special people who have shared their support and friendship not only with us, but with the entire community.

check your pal status
update your pal status
past pals of the month

You can also update your pal status at any of our shows. See your host for a -We Don't Wanna Miss A Pal- form.

BIRTHDAYS

Happy Birthday to our
February Pals!
  6 Bruce
(Boo)
  6 Steve (Gizmo)
  7 Amy
(Minicrow)
  9 Petey
10 Liam
(Dingo)
10 Les
13 Andrew
(Puppy)
16 Caitlyn
(divalite)
17 Marcel
(poohbear)
18 Mikem
(marmot)
21 Josh (direwolf)

24 Sylvie
(sweetbabypuff)
26 Adam
(gecko)


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OBSERVANCES

...and now for some unusual February observances:
-Marfan Syndrome Awareness
-African American History
-Bird Feeding
-Black History
-Cherry Pie
-Children's Dental Health
-Get To Know and Independent Real Estate Broker
-Hot Breakfast
-Parent Leadership
-Pet Dental Health
-Time Management
-Weddings
-North Carolina Sweet Potato
-Plant the Seeds of Greatness
-Relationship Wellness
-Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket
-Wise Health Care Consumer
-Youth Leadership

Weekly Observances:
-AMD/Low Vision Awareness
-American Heart
-Bake for Family Fun
-IBoost Self Esteem
-IExpect Success
-Library Lovers
-Patient Recognition 1-7
-Publicity for Profit 1-7
-Solo Diners Eat Out Weekend: 1-7
-Women's Heart 1-7
-Children's Authors and Illustrators 5-11
-Get Paid to Shop 5-11
-InterCoaching 5-11
-Consumer Protection 5-11
-Leadership 5-11
-Funeral Service Education 6-10
-Just Say No to Powerpoints 6-10
-School Counseling 6-10
-Freelance Writers Appreciation 6-10
-Love a Mench 6-12
-Congenital Heart Defect Awareness 7-14
-Rejection Awareness 7-14
-Love Makes the World Go Round; But, Laughter Keeps Us From Getting Dizzy 8-14
-Boy Scout Anniversary 8-14 Link
-Winter Olympics XX: 10-26
-Jell-O 12-18
-Celebration of Love 12-18
-Heart Failure Awareness 13-19
-InterFlirting 13-19
-Condom 14-21
-Random Acts of Kindness 14-20
-Great Backyard Bird Count 17-21
-Second Honeymoon Weekend: 17-19
-InterFriendship 19-25
-Engineers 19-25
-Eating Disorders Awareness 2/26 -3/4
-Pancake 2/26 - 3/4
-Telecommuter Appreciation 2/26-3/4

Daily Observances:
-Girls & Women in Sports 1
-Robinson Crusoe 1
-Women's Heart Health 1
-African American Coaches 2
-Groundhog 2
-Groundhog Job Shadow 2
-Hedgehog 2
-Self Renewal 2
-Four Chaplains Memorial 3
-Wear Red 3
-USO 4
-Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA 5
-Super Bowl XL: 5
-Weatherman's 5
-Pay A Compliment 6
-Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbor's 7
-Dump Your Significant Jerk 7
-Leadership Success 7
-Boy Scout Anniversary 8
-Laugh and Get Rich 8
-Plimsoll 10
-Be Electrific 11
-Shut-in Visitation 11
-Pro Sports Wives 11
-Satisfied Staying Single 11
-White Shirt 11
-Darwin 12
-Lost Penny 12
-Man 12
-Oglethorpe 12
-World Marriage 12
-Black Love 13
-Get a Different Name 13
-Ferris Wheel 14
-Call In Single 14
-Have a Heart 14
-Race Relations 14
-Quirky Alone 14 Link
-Susan B. Anthony 15
-Gum Drop 15 Link
-My Way 17
-PTA Founders 17
-World Human Spirit 17
-Chocolate Mint 19
-Northern Hemisphere Hoodie Hoo 20
-Presidents 20
-InterMother Language 21
-Single Tasking 21
-Inconvenience Yourself 22
-Curling is Cool 23
-Introduce A Girl to Engineering 23
-Chili 23
-For Pete's Sake 26
-Spay Day USA: 28
-Floral Design 28
-InterPancake 28
-Tooth Fairy 28
-Paczki 28

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 IN THIS ISSUE:


l Special Events: Valentine's Day Loveroke Parties, Dog Day 2008 & Hair of the Dog Day 2008
 
l Pal News: News from and for our Pals
l Venue News: 2nd show at GoGo's coming soon - stay tuned
l Staff News: Who's doing what where and with who?
 
l Pal Birthdays: Pals don't get older they just have more fun
l Holiday Origins: Everything you never wanted to know about Valentines Day and while we're at it...why not learn a bit about Groundhog Day too.
   
l Singing Tips: "Play Me Like A Larynx"
l Library News: New 2008 songbooks printed
   
l Show Schedule: February 2008  [Print Monthly Calendar]

Spring is almost in sight. Come on out and join us in song and merriment at any of our regular weekly venues to help beat down those nasty winter blahs.

I know! You can celebrate Valentine's Day on Thursday February 14th. This year at an extra special "Loveroke" bonus karaoke night at Swizzles as well as singing and dancing and partying and carrying on at our regular Thursday shows at the Cock & Lion and Royal Britannia Pub.

Dog Day 2008, the annual celebration of (and with) the canine half of DOG & PONY Sound will be held this year at The LookOut on Wednesday January 30th. Hound & Coyote will host the show so Dog can frolick and play and at the stroke of midnight, he'll earn yet another 7 naughty years. Happy Birthday Dog! RSVP Dog Day 2008 on Facebook

and then...there's always Hair of the Dog Day Thursday, January 31 at the Cock & Lion. Come out & laugh at one very hungover doggie.

Will the Real St. Valentine please stand up? In this newsletter we also shed some light on the origins of Valentine's Day and a refresher on our wee friend the groundhog.

February also marks "Pay A Compliment Day" on the 6th, "Darwin Day on the 12th, Valentines Day on the 14th, Gum Drop Day on the 15th and, would you believe, is also Cherry Pie Month? [more]

Speaking of groundhogs, Groundhog Day is February 2nd but did you know this observance, also known as Candlemas goes way back in history to biblical times when The Law of Moses stated that parents were obligated to bring their first born son to the church and make an offering to God on his behalf? This typically took place after the baby was 40 days old. Based on the belief that Jesus was born on December 25 it is thought that Mary presented Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem on February 2nd, following his 40-day period of purification after he was born .

So what does this have to do with groundhogs and shadows you ask? You did ask right?

Well, you see, there was a medieval superstition that all hibernating animals (not just the groundhog) came out of their dens on Candlemas to check on the weather.  If they could see their shadow, it meant that winter would go on for another 6 weeks (and they could go back to sleep.)  A cloudy day indicated that spring was just around the corner. 

In England, France and Canada, the farmers used to watch for the stirring of the "Candlemas Bear" as a sign that springtime was coming.  In Ireland, it was the hedgehog. In Germany it was the badger.  The return of hibernating animals meant nature was giving them a sign. A change in seasons was being announced!  And, anyone whose livelihood or survival depended depended on the changing of seasons paid very close attention to all signs.

The early German settlers, known as the Pennsylvania Dutch, brought this custom to the United States and gave rise to the legend of Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog in Pennsylvania believed to be a century old.

Phil is loved so much, that U.S. troops were actually assigned to guard him as of February 2, 2002.

Professional weather researchers have determined that the groundhog has been correct only 28% of the time. Nevertheless, i think I'll slip our little friend a juicy tip this year for a favorable outcome.

SPECIAL EVENTS



Celebrate
DOG DAY 2008
Wednesday
Jan. 30th
at
The Lookout


LOVEROKE
THURSDAY FEB. 14th
Bring or find your sweetie at
Swizzles, 246 Queen St.

VENUE NEWS

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BYTOWN TAVERN
292 Elgin St.
(Ottawa Center)

Wednesdays w/Ocelot
9:30pm-1:30am

...an awesome lot of fun!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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COCK & LION
202 Sparks St.
(Ottawa Center)

Thursdays
w/Dog 9pm-1am

...and the fun just keeps getting funnier!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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GoGo's
349 Dalhousie St.
(Ottawa Market)

Sundays
w/Stray 9pm-2am

...the late late show

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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THE LOOKOUT
41 York St.
(Ottawa Market)

Wednesdays
w/Dog 9:30pm-1:30am

...more bias free fun in the market!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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O'BRIEN'S
1145 Heron Rd.
(Ottawa South)

Fridays -
w/Hound & Pony

Saturdays - w/Dog
9:30pm-1:30am

...the party never sleeps

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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ROYAL BRITANNIA PUB
1475 Richmond Rd. (Ottawa West)


Mondays
w/Stray 9pm-1am
Thursdays w/Hound 9pm-1am
...how the west was sung

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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PUZZLES
344 Richmond Rd.
(Ottawa West)

'
Fridays
9pm-1am w/Stray
...because Westboro Rocks!

[map] [photos] [schedule]


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SWIZZLES
246 Queen St.
(Ottawa Center)

Sundays 9:00-1:00 w/Dog
Tuesdays 9:00-1:00 w/Stray
Fridays 9:30-1:30 w/Dog

...enjoy a threesome every week

The Dusty Owl Poetry Group gathers the 3rd Sunday of every month for a special featured reader & open stage 5pm before karaoke. Everyone welcome!

[map] [photos] [schedule]

STAFF NEWS

...live & direct from the stables
(all our hosts are guaranteed to be 100% alive at all times,
except for richie, we make no promises on his behalf)

 

Dog gets frisky Wednesdays at The LookOut, Thursdays at The Cock & Lion, Fridays at Swizzles, Saturdays at O'Brien's. and Sundays at Swizzles.

Stray hosts the party every Monday at the Royal Britannia, Tuesday at Swizzles, Friday at Puzzles and Sundays at GoGo's.

Hound hosts the fun at the Royal Britannia every Thursday and O'Brien's with Pony every Friday.

Carly, our adorable
Ocelot, is the newest of our party animals. She now hosts her own show at Bytown on Wednesdays and soon Mondays at GoGo's as well.

It would be impossible to tell you when I figured out I loved to sing. I've always be that person who randomly bursts into song, which is sometimes a little startling for the person next to me! I grew up singing along to Oldies 1310 in my parents' car on our way to some hockey or soccer tournament in the middle of nowhere. To this day I still enjoy going for a cruise for no better reason than to roll down the windows and turn up the tunes, and look out when me and my girls get together with a deck of cards and a couple of Zep CD's!

Imagine my delight the first time I got to sing with amicrophone in my hand! I wandered into the Brig a couple years ago and fell face first into a pile of Dog and Pony awesomeness. I was fortunate enough to have Dog as our resident KJ on Thursday nights, and it wasn't long before you could find me there every week. Strangely enough, for those of you who've already met me, my first karaoke performance ever was Angel…. Yes, the Sarah McLaughlin song. With time though, I started choosing songs that helped to expand my vocal range. I discovered that not only could I sing on key (sometimes), but that I could really project!
And then one fateful day, I thought to myself… maybe I could do Dazed and Confused. I did. I loved it, and since then I've been exploring my love of classic rock from a whole new perspective. Karaoke is a rush. It's a great time on more levels than I could express in only three paragraphs, and its ideal for crazy cats like me who love being in the spotlight. Thanks for making me part of the family!

~Carly (a.k.a. Ocelot}

PAL NEWS

DOG & PONY PALS

Kibbles 'n Bits:

Stay in touch with pals through our message forum. There are over 300 registered members

or join the 400+ Pals on Facebook.

Our forum is the 1st place to learn about special events, parties, newest songs and what's happening in the community
the same day we do. I post the newest songs on the forum the day they arrive (although it may take several more days to get the information on the website or printed in the new additions songbooks).

Some areas of the forum are specifically for local patrons and are only accessible to registered users. Drop me a quick message when you register so I can adjust your access.

See our permanently "pawed" pals here.

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LET US KNOW!


Puppy Paw Pals have sung at 2 (or more) of our venues and have earned a paw for each venue.

Pony Paw Pals support our singers by coming out to 2 or more venues to enjoy the show.
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(collect the whole set)

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pal cards & punches
(if you've attended 2 or more D&P shows ask your host for a card)

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DOG & PONY Pals enjoy friendship,camaraderie and so much more including special pal pricing for private home and office parties & weddings.
Green Pal Card
2 - 9 paws


Receive a $25 discount on private party bookings.

Blue Pal Card
10-19 paws

Receive a $50 discount on private party
bookings.

Red Pal Card
20-29 paws


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Platinum Pal Card
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LIBRARY NEWS 

The New Songbooks are here! The New songbooks are here!
We reprinted all the libraries for your perusing enjoyment.

Libraries Online
Online master database:

3 libraries at a glance (the wholy trinity)
Library #42 by Artist
Library #42 by Title
Library #9¾ by Artist
Library #9¾ by Title
Library #33.3 by Artist
Library #33.3 by Title
French songs
Guide to understanding our song codes
Children's songs

easy popup & print: [weekly calendar] [monthly calendar]

SINGER TIPS 

"Play Me Like A Larynx"
(. . . because I'm not a horn, guitar or drum!)

by Mark Baxter

Hello there. Allow me to introduce myself. I'm your larynx and, although I've been with you all your life, chances are you don't know me very well. I work all day automatically protecting your lungs from food or fluid getting in and coughing up whatever junk needs to get out. I also make lifting easier by holding air in your lungs which lets your body stiffen up. While these things are very important, my biggest claim to fame is that I can make sounds. Mostly I get used for speech, but with a little coordination you can turn my sounds into something melodic. If the sounds I make are important to your music, it would be a good idea to take some time and explore what it takes to play me.

Although I can be as loud as a trumpet, I'm not made of metal. So it's not a good idea to blow as hard as you can in me; I have some delicate parts. Just because I can move around a pitch like a slide trombone doesn't mean I'm one of those either. As you know, I come in different sizes with names like Soprano, Alto and Tenor but that doesn't mean I'm played like a saxophone. Although there are no strings inside me, my vibrators can be stretched just like the strings on a guitar. In fact, I don't belong to any of the three categories of musical instruments: wind, string or percussion. This is why there's a completely separate category for what I do; it's called singing.

It's simple. You don't blow on guitar strings to play a song or strum a drum to keep a beat. Every instrument has a particular set of physical requirements. Yet when it comes to the voice people tend to play it with principles that apply to other instruments. There are four components to almost every instrument. Each has an actuator (something to trigger the sound), a vibrator (something that wiggles to make a sound), a resonator (something to enhance the original vibration) and an articulator to shape things on the way out. Actuators are guitar picks, violin bows, drum sticks, hands and wind power. Vibrators are things like strings, drum heads, mouth pieces, reeds and vocal folds. Sound resonates in the enclosed space of an acoustic guitar, a drum, a saxophone or in your throat, mouth and nose. Articulators are anything from wah-wah pedals to the plunger used at the end of a trumpet to your lips and tongue.

Most vocal problems are caused by over compensating the actuator (sending me too much breath pressure). This is typical behavior for beginners on any instrument. Music stores are always filled with kids sitting there squeezing their guitar picks and bearing down on the strings as they show their friends how awesome they play. When people first attempt to sing they also squeeze the pick (neck tension) and bear down too hard on the vibrator (drive the air). The difference is that, over time, kids will relax their death grip on the guitar and develop the necessary touch whereas singers tend to go in the opposite direction. In search of control, singers tend to push more, as if they're blowing into a trumpet. The problem is that a trumpet is an inanimate object and requires additional pressure for high notes. I am a part of your anatomy and respond in unmusical ways when overloaded.

You can learn a lot about singing by studying the differences between playing an instrument and using a part of your body to make music. First, though, it's important to remember that the laws of sound are the same for everything. Instruments come already designed to agree with these laws. To maximize tone, most instruments have vibrators (that's me!) which float in or around a resonator. The strings on a guitar, for example, are suspended over the sound hole and barely touch the body at all. In the same way, if you let me float freely in your throat I'll sound as rich as I possibly can. I know it's not easy to keep me hanging loose when you're pouring your heart out, but the laws of sound don't care what's easy!


Singing accurate pitches also requires an agreement with simple science. A pitch is nothing more than something vibrating a steady number of wiggles per second. Scientists call it a frequency. To sing high notes, you've got to stretch my folds just like you would tune a guitar. The tighter you stretch something, the faster it wiggles, the higher the pitch it produces. At the same time, everything gets thinner when stretched. This means my folds need to get thin to make high notes and will thicken to make low notes. Again, just like the strings on a guitar. Now hold on, because here's where I assert my independence from all these guitar comparisons. You can also sing higher notes by feeding me more air pressure -- like a trumpet. The problem with singing high notes this way is that extra air pressure makes my folds thicken up and become rigid whereas the mouthpiece on a trumpet stays the same. Since nothing can be thick and thin at the same time, I don't always give you the pitch you were expecting. Sorry about that!

Providing me with a consistent environment that aligns with the laws of sound will allow me to serve you much better. In short, the list of problems caused by approaching me the wrong way is everything you don't like about your voice. That's good news. It means that your sound is based on misguided beliefs and dysfunctional behaviors that can change. Learning what an instrument requires is what lessons are all about. How you apply that information is what defines you as an artist. There's nothing wrong with pounding on a guitar like it's a drum, but the instrument certainly has more to offer when played traditionally. In the same way, I can be blown like a horn, stretched like a guitar and smacked like a bongo. You'll get the most out of me, though, if you play me like a larynx.

Mark Baxter is a vocal therapist who offers private and video lessons. To contact him, call: (800)659-6002. Visit his website at: www.voicelesson.com

HOLIDAY ORIGINS

The Origins of Valentine's Day
(Will the real St. Valentine please stand up?)

Valentine's Day has been celebrated as a romantic holiday since the 14th century, although mid-February has been a traditional time to celebrate love and fertility for much longer. The exact origins of Valentine's Day are actually somewhat unclear, and the situation is made more complicated by the fact that there are no less than three Saint Valentines, none of whom can be easily associated with love. The most accepted explanation for the origins of Valentine's Day is that it has its roots in pagan fertility festivals, which often took place at the close of winter.

In ancient times, many cultures celebrated a fertility festival in mid-February. In Rome, the festival came to be known as Lupercalia, and it included festive parades through the streets with an assortment of pagan symbols. During Lupercalia, men and women would draw tokens with random names on each of them to pair off for games and exchanges of gifts.

The Christian church frowned on the pagan and erotic nature of Lupercalia, and tried to institute a more staid festival to celebrate St. Valentine, although since all three Valentines were martyred on 14 February, it's unclear which one was meant to be celebrated. The practice of instituting a Saint's Day on a popular pagan holiday was quite common, so that converts could celebrate their new faith on traditional festival days. The question of which St. Valentine is meant to be celebrated cannot be resolved. One of the men cured the sick, another was imprisoned and tortured for his Christian beliefs, and the history of the third Saint Valentine is not known. Some scholars suspect that the first two are actually the same man, and in later years the myth that St. Valentine secretly married couples who were ineligible for matrimony was added.

Citizens were not terribly enthused about celebrating yet another Saint's Day, and Valentine's Day began to evolve into a celebration of love and marriage. The tradition of exchanging cards and tokens was continued, and during the height of courtly love, people began to select their own Valentine's mates. Couples exchanged Valentine's cards and gifts with each other, and Valentine's Day began to appear frequently in love poetry. The first written link of Valentine's Day and love was provided by Chaucer, who wrote a love poem to commemorate the engagement of Richard II and Anne of Bohemia which linked the pairing off of birds with the royal engagement and Valentine's Day.

The elaborate exchanges of poetry, cards, and gifts on Valentine's Day cemented it as a holiday for the celebration of love in European popular culture. Valentine's Day has since spread all over the world, and many nations celebrate love on the 14th of February with flowers, gifts, and cards. It is one of the largest selling days for greeting card companies, as most lovers no longer make their own cards. In nations such as India where relationships between unmarried men and women are not encouraged, lovers often celebrate Valentine's Day secretly with stealthy meetings and gift exchanges.

In Ottawa, of course, one attends Karaoke of Love at Swizzles.

SHOW SCHEDULES

Weekly DOG & PONY sound Shows for February 2008

SunGoGo's, 349 Dahousie St. 9:00-2:00 w/Stray
Sun
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:00-1:00 w/Dog
MonRoyal Britannia,
1475 Richmond Rd. 9:00-1:00 w/Stray
TuesSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:00-1:00 w/Stray
WedBytown, 292 Elgin St. 9:30-1:30 w/Ocelot
WedLookOut, 41 York St. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
ThursCock & Lion, 202 Sparks St. 9:00-1:00 w/Dog
ThursRoyal Britannia, 1475 Richmond Rd. 9:00-1:00 w/Hound
FriO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Hound
FriPuzzles,
344 Richmond Rd. 9:00-1:00 w/Stray
FriSwizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
SatO'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog

Library #42(Blue Library) 
Library #9¾(Red Library) 
Library #33.3(Green Library)   [ click to see all Libraries ]


We do chicken right!
Okay, well, maybe not chicken...but karaoke, yes, yes, we know from karaoke!

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