Happy Birthday to
Christina (Mon waitress)
Day Sept. 5
(first Monday of September)
every Labour Day Monday marks the DOG & PONY
Sound Annual BBQ.
full moon will grace us on Sunday the 18th.
A great night to come out to Swizzles to howl at the
moon with Dog.
22 - 1st day of Fall
now for some unusual observances:
Safety America Month
Kind To Editors & Writers Month
Good Manners Month
Seal Campaign Kick-off Month (Sept
Gay Square Dancing Month
People Skills Month
Strategic Thinking Month
Card Sign-up Month
& Drug Addiction Recovery Month
Allergy Awareness Month
Cancer Awareness Month
Important Parents (VIP) Month
Care Awareness Month
Cord Injury Awareness Month
Cancer Awareness Month
Cancer Awareness Month
Your Mate Month
Healthy Aging Month
Gospel Music Month
Your Resume Month
Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15)
Childhood Injury Prevention
is Beautiful Days 9-11
Assisted Living 11-17
on Faith 11-18
Chronic Illness Awareness: 12-18
Bully Wk: 12-16
a Mensch Wk: 12-18
Teacher Appreciation 12-16
Center Constitution 13-23
Cancer Awareness 18-24
A Better Image 18-24
Animals Awareness 18-24
& Ranch Safety 18-24
Black Colleges & Universities 18-24
Your Files 19-28
Immunization Awareness 25-10/1
Boy's Day: 1
M. Nutt Day: 1
Carrier Day: 4
Late For Something Day 5
Moses Day: 7
The Love Day: 7
Literacy Day: 8
Weirdoes Day: 9
Be It! Day: 10
Ideas Day: 10
Freedom Day 11
Games Day: 12
Cookie Day: 13
Bradstreet Day: 16
Day & National School Celebration: 16
Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer: 16
Eat An Apple Day: 17
Up Day: 17
Coastal Cleanup 17
Appreciation Day 17
Day of Prayer & Action for lHuman
Friendship Day 18
Priest Day: 18
Like A Pirate Day 19
Day- A Day To Eat Dinner With Your Children 20
Day of Peace/Opening Genl Assembly of UN 20/21
the World Day: 21
Diary Day: 22
Amnesty Day: 24
Kids' Day: 24
Parent Family 24
Star Mother's Day: 25
Neighbor Day: 25
Wonder Day: 25
Maritime Day: 27
Tourism Day: 27
Health & Fitness28
Your Grandchild's Birthday Day: 29
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You know Heinlein's excellant term "to grok"
as in "the grok the fullness of..."? That's
the beauty of the blog; musings and daily diaries, personal
growth & sharing with others.
love these blogs. i read all of 'em. i find myself
drawn closer to various people. more interested.
more captivated. more empathetic. i may not often
respond but i see 'em, read 'em and enjoy 'em.
amazed and delighted at how well and differently
people express themselves. Some have taken to
blogging when they have something to get off their
chests. some are blogging regularily...i love
know we started our blogs a little late in life
for some of you as you likely have a blog (or
six) housed elsewhere...
but...i'd like to encourage all our members to
put a little something together here (profile,
interests, a few musings, stuff that you'd like
to share). Ours is essentially a community that
actually meets in the real world. The forum and
blogs help to break the ice with people who you
regularily see on the periphery but haven't yet
gotten to know (or might not have previously known
that you'd like to get to know better).
take a wee bit of time and put a small blog together,
maybe copy an entry or two from one of your other
blogs here to save you the time.
love to hear and see from you.
Adding your birthday to the Calendar
has never been easier. Simply add your birthday
to your profile when you join the forum
and it will automatically appear on the calendar
You can also add special events such as
your birthday party. Let us all know where and
when you will be celebrating.
is a great way to get to know the people you see
at many of the shows. It is also the 1st place
to learn about special events, parties, newest
songs and what's happening in the community.
us a line when you register so we can grant you access
to the special areas for our local singers ...
"the PALS Zone".
We're always adding new photos
to all the venue galleries.
out the ongoing antics of various friends inspired
by our DOG & PONY Sound Logo:
And our "Masterpiece
Theatre" Dog & Pony Style:
where we applaude the creative, the inspired,
the wacky and the zany...various singers taking
songs quite literally.
summer continues to wind down (Fall begins officially
on the 22nd) we find ourselves winding up for another
Annual DOG & PONY Pal BBQ. As always, the
BBQ takes place on Labour Day Monday. [See
special events for more details].
shortly after, the kids go back to school. You'd
think that would be good enough, but no, September also
marks International Gay Square Dancers Month, Dog Week
18-24, Be late for something Day, Talk Like A Pirate
Day, Wife Appreciation Day, Farm Animals Awareness Week
18-24, Fall Hat Month and Elephant Appreciation Day
Following on the heels of another successful
DOG & PONY Sound Singer Showcase, September
marks the upcoming 2nd Annual Pump Idol Competition
with special guest host Jon Dore. Not only is this for
a great cause but there are loads of fabulous prizes
and terrific entertainment too! We're really excited
about co-hosting this event with Jon again.
[See special events for more details].
month we introduced our new PAL Cards. Wallet
sized cards to keep track of the paws you've earned.
If you have sung at 2 or more DPS shows, ask your
host for a "Pal Card" [see
Pal News for more info]
Shirt? Got Pawed? Want Shirt?
Now available: 100% cotton, Navy t-shirts with "I
got pawed" on the front and DOG & PONY Sound
on back. Shirts are available at all venues. S,M,L,XL
-$20 and XXL-$25
added another feature to our monthly newsletter: "What's
The Deal With..?" . Each month we explain
various conventions like our "Palvelopes",
what they are and how to use them effectively, understanding
our rotation system, libraries, disk numbering system,
how our song request system works and various other
is a great way to get to know the people you see at
many of the shows. Currently we have over 200 registered
The forum is
the 1st place to learn about special events, parties,
newest songs and what's happening in the community
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 PM when you register so I can adjust your
DOG & PONY SOUND SPECIAL EVENTS
Annual Pump Idol
Karaoke Competition with Jon Dore
Saturday, Sept. 17th 2005
361 Elgin St. ph. 238-2949
of Prizes for many different categories including
a DVD surround Sound Stereo System, Kayaks, and
waaaay more! We will keep you updated.
Canadian Idol's Jon Dore
Judges: Judges Cory Atkins (the New RO),
Fateema Sayani (Ottawa Citizen) and journalist
year we will be able to tell you the prizes and
categories in advance. The song library is #33
and will be updated soon. Pledge sheets will be
available at Lieutenant's Pump as well as online.
We will announce when they are ready. Pledge sheets
must be submitted the Wednesday prior to the event
and a list will be posted online and at the event
with the contestants and when they are expected
of the proceeds donated to
The Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre
Raffles, a 50/50 draw, a silent auction and contestants'
pledges helped to raise over $6000 for
The Ottawa Regional Cancer Center last year.
photos, winners & prizes from last year]
Sept. 10th - Hound fills in for Gator - VIP
Sept. 14th - Rodeo Roundup Karaoke - The LookOut
Sept. 16th - Gator fills in for Kitty - Swizzles
Sept. 17th - Coyote fills in for Gator - VIP
303 Bank St. is
fun every Monday.
Hound is joined each week by a different co-host:
Coyote (wk2), Kitty (wk3),
Gator (wk4) & Beaver
food, great service, and great fun!
every Monday! and now, Mondays
feature ½ price pizza!
501 Hazeldean Rd. features
Karaoke 2 nights a week!
Thursdays w/ Dog 9:30pm -1:30am
Fridays w/ Hound 10pm-2am
A fun room that often has more people partying
than singing so if
you like to sing lots, this is the place to
be on a Thursday or Friday night!
41 York St.
(Market) Join Dog for a great howl at the moon
You gotta love the balcony overlooking the Market...
oh the beautiful people!. Bartenders Matt &
Donnie are always upbeat,
quirky & fun. You never know what
they'll do next.
Last month they held a Karaoke
Beach Party. This month Donnie has called for
a Rodeo Roundup...hmm.we're
wondering who's gettin' hogtied.
1145 Heron Rd.
promises a rousing good ole Karaoke Party EVERY
Friday & Saturday with the Dog 9:30pm-1:30am!
BRITANNIA PUB, 1475 Richmond Rd.
absolutely rocks every Thursday with "Super"
just a crazy jumpin' hot night of music, dancing
Thursdays also feature $10 pitchers.
246 Queen Street
features Karaoke Tuesdays & Fridays with
Kitty 9:30-1:30 and and Sundays 8:30pm -12:30
the Dusty Owl Poetry Group the 3rd Sunday
of every month for a special featured
reader & open stage 5pm before karaoke.
Last month we hosted a Pride Benefit "Kinky
Karaoke" w/ Kitty
313 Bank St.
is the original little pub with the big heart.
VIP continues its deliciously naughty karaoke
nights every Wednesday & Saturday
w/ Gator 9:30-1:30
your own pal status online
Paw Pals have
sung at 2 (or more) of our venues and have
earned the paws for each venue
Paw Pals support our singers by coming
out to 2 or more venues to enjoy the
Special Thanks to all of you for supporting
our shows, our hosts and our company. We're proud
to have been named Ottawa's
4 years in a row! But we
couldn't have done it without your support!
Story Submission Via Website:
Biny the Beaver Shares
remember clearly the first time becoming a musician
appealed to me.
I was in Grade 2, and I was visiting a friend who
had just started taking accordion lessons. Cool. It
wasn't long before I hit my first musical hurdle -
how to play both hands together - the left pumping
out a basic pattern and the right holding simple notes.
My Mother sat with me for (what seemed like) hours
counting and coaching while I sweated through "Over
the Waves. She had taken piano when a child, and understood
that sometime you just need to work at it. I went
on to plunge headlong into music - guitar, keyboards
and composition. I started singing, and my family
cheerfully bore the brunt of yet another learning
curve inflicted on the household. They thoughtfully
provided blunt constructive kitchen criticism. It
helped me improve.
first became committed to the central tenant of my
musical philosophy, "music is not a spectator
sport!" when I was running my first church choir.
People wouldn't join because they "couldn't sing."
My comeback became a mantra - "You show up. Getting
you to sing is my problem. I think everyone
should sing, and sing often. Singing somehow connects
us to ourselves, each other and our collective journey.
Ultimately, it isn't about how you sing, it's about
how you live - and singing makes you feel more alive.
Last and least, of course, singing is how you get
to be a better singer.
remember how I found Karaoke. My first wife and I
had split - and pretending neon signs were interesting
while I looked awkward in a single's bar was just
wrong. Hanging out at Karaoke was the cure. I had
something to do - I could read the song book. Cheer
people on. Show off sometimes, and laugh at myself
when I bombed. It was fun, and friendships formed
My daughters loved to sing, and it became a favorite
outing, and a source of fond memories. My oldest,
Beth, bringing down the house at eleven years old
nailing Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On."
Beth and Rachael winning a duet contest singing "Goodbye
Earl."My daughter Brenda, who has cerebral palsy
and faces many daily challenges, singing her favorite
Shania Twain tunes at a kids afternoon hosted at Obrien's,
grinning with delight and oblivious to all else.
our first date, Wendy wanted to hear me sing, so I
sang my heart out and we danced the late night away.
Somehow, through a long line of Karaoke outings, we
got married. Go figure.
Dog and Pony was like Jim Belushi hearing James Brown
in the Blues Brothers. They weren't my first Karaoke
venue - far from it. By February 2002 I had 'done'
Karaoke worldwide on business trips, not to mention
taking in plenty of local shows. I had observed a
wide range of quality and fun factor in Karaoke -
so I decided to search out the best. Google turned
up a review that gave them top marks, so I headed
out to Obrien's to check them out, and have never
looked back. I've admired their professionalism and
wit, fun loving charm and enjoyed their genuine ability
to make an honest connection. Years ago I wrote this
put, the most fun, professional, put together Karaoke
service I have ever encountered. Great sound. Professional
handling of the rotation. Great selection. Warm relations
with the patrons. Willing to go the extra mile. Best
kit packaging of their 'book' for the singers. Great
online support in their web page. 10.0 from six judges,
and no media second guessing."
even better now! Being asked to be a Dog and Pony
host is a wonderful compliment, and a challenging
responsibility. It means I need to be as good at serving
up a good time as they are. Man, do I have my work
cut out for me!
Your Personal Story for Publication. Let
us know what karaoke and community has meant to you.
add new songs to all our libraries regularly.
month we added new songs to all libraries on August
3rd, 18th and 22nd plus over 100
new French Titles to library #42.
to Library #42
to Library #9¾
to Library #33.3
more new additions here]
board to keep up on the latest news,
weather & sports...uh...songs, shows & events.
Find Your Favorite Library:
use at: Swizzles,
use at: Brig
What's The Deal With...
Palvelopes?We keep boxes of our singer's envelopes
at every show:
envelopes bear the names of our regular singers and
are filled with their personal selection of songs they
sing as well as would like to sing.
it saves you time. You don't have to look up & write
numbers out each time (which also helps to get your
songs submitted quicker).
it saves important information such as the version
of the song you prefer, as well as pitch settings
that work for you.
you can save your "someday I'm gonna try this
one" songs for that someday.
maybe - we'll save a tree in the process.
it's a little more work for us - but we feel you're
to get the most out of your palvelope:
Find your palvelope when you arrive at the venue.
2. Choose 1-3 songs you'd like to do
your songslips AND your envelope to the host. That
way, when the songs have been sung, the slips can be
put back into your envelope for next time.
When you're ready to leave, retrieve your envelope and
songslips from your host and file it back in the box.
is very important! The host now knows of your departure
and can plan the rotation accordingly and you
ensure you get your songslips back in your envelope
for next time. This is a commonly missed step which
results in one of the most common questions [see
Where's my envelope? I looked and it's not there.
A. Check again, this time check that the flap is
not folded down. Many people unconsciously fold their
flap down when they tuck their envelope away.
Where are my songslips? There are a bunch missing.
Remember steps #3 and #4. It's important to retrieve
your palvelope & song slips to put back into your
* Remember it's your personal
envelope filled with your
personal songs. If you
leave your envelope in
a puddle of beer or fail to retrieve your
songslips you'll find things missing.
month: what's the deal with...the
"Un-training - Improve
by Mark Baxter
all know of someone who has an incredible voice
and never had a bit of instruction.
people just open their mouths and it comes out great.
Lucky for them. However, the common belief that
some people are born to sing doesnt mean that
the rest of us have to sit on the sidelines. Anyone
can improve the sound of their voice. My advice
is to think of it as un-training.
to sing is a lot like strapping on a pair of roller
blades for the first time. Some people are fearless,
or maybe reckless is a better word, and fly off
with little regard to the laws of gravity. They
immediately fall flat on their butt, laugh, and
get right back up to try again. Most of us, though,
would rather not spend the day bouncing on the pavement.
We approach the challenge with one agenda: do not
fall. This mind set dominates muscle behavior. As
soon as we are hoisted onto a set of wheels, we
forget how to bend at the joints. We shuffle along
stiff-legged, clinging desperately to any lamp post,
tree or person within reach. The irony is that we
still end up on the ground. A rigid body, which
reflects our fear of falling, causes a loss of balance.
The inability to loosen up also prevents us from
developing a feel for shifting body weight from
skate to skate. So at the end of the day, both personality
types have sore backsides, but the carefree people
have at least learned how to roller blade.
a visit to a maternity ward and its obvious
that we are all born with the ability to produce
sound. Crying is reflex behavior. Singing is crying
-- minus the tears. Within a short time after birth,
our personalities emerge and influence this basic
instinct. Some babies cry louder and more often.
As toddlers, we begin to experiment with different
vocal tones and the responses they provoke. When
two year-olds whine enough, they will either get
another cookie or be sent to their room. By the
time we reach six, the results of these experiments
have heavily influenced our personalities. We establish
core traits which stay with us a lifetime. If you
doubt this, visit a senior's center and notice how
much a bingo game looks like a kindergarten class.
Its not that the seniors are acting childish,
its that they are being themselves, again.
What this means to potential singers is that, from
a very early age, we have trained our muscles to
produce sound in a particular way. Your particular
way may, or may not, interfere with singing. If
it does, then youve got some un-training to
often brace in anticipation of singing a bad note
as if it will hurt our bodies. It wont. A
bruise to the ego and a bruise to the vocal folds
are completely different things. Like fearful skaters,
its the singers who fear a vocal slip that
cause themselves the most problems. Perfectionists,introverts
and people who pride themselves on having good pitch
are usually the worst offenders. Ironically, tone,
pitch, emotion and longevity all suffer due to the
over involvement of protective muscles like the
tongue, jaw and neck. A cautious attitude doesnt
even insure that you will avoid vocal strain. Like
falling, stiffening your muscles because you fear
injury often causes more damage than if the body
is a balancing act. The expectation that notes should
always roll perfectly out of our mouths, especially
when were just learning, is absurd. But dont
be too hard on yourself if youre finding it
difficult to let go. Its not your fault. Pressure
is placed on us the moment we start to explore our
voices. For some reason, children are allowed to
be clueless on every instrument except the voice.
Nobody rips the violin out of little Suzys
hands as she saws her way through, Three Blind
Mice, but heaven forbid if shes out
of tune when she sings the same song. Kids that
struggle with singing in grade school are usually
detoured into sports programs or given a tambourine.
Wouldnt it have been great if they did that
with math? Later in life, the stigma of falling
off pitch or hitting a crack silences many would-be
vocal problems can be traced back to speech. As
kids, were taught the meanings of words and
how to pronounce them, but not how to efficiently
use our muscles when speaking. This is expected
to happen naturally. It usually doesnt. Normally,
emotions dominate our motor reflexes and shape the
way we talk. Speech becomes an extension of our
personality. You can tell a lot about someone by
the way they talk, not what they say. There is a
difference, though, between normal and natural.
Natural is efficient; normal is what we are used
to. Unfortunately, we are so accustomed to the way
we speak that our trained-in tensions go unnoticed
until we start to sing.
at a piano or pick up a guitar and the instrument
is ready to play. Musicians tend to take this for
granted, but starting with a pre-balanced, consistent,
instrument is a huge advantage when learning to
play. Open your mouth to sing and any number of
obstacles can compromise range, tone, volume and
flexibility. In other words, in order to learn to
sing, you have to build an instrument first. Most
instruments we play today are the result of many
years of refinement. As techniques for making pianos
and guitars improve, their sound and ease of play
improves as well. Instruments basically stay the
same from day to day. This provides a great foundation
for developing the skills need to play. We dont
have that advantage with our voices. Many things
can interfere with the playability of
our voices, from talking all day to tension held
in the jaw. Since most of these are not genetic
or natural limitations, they are removable.
is vital that you allow yourself to sound bad as
you work to improve your voice. Find a private place
where no one can hear you; its hard enough
to tune out your internal critic let alone opinionated
roommates and family members. Your goal when vocalizing
is to minimize muscle involvement -- no matter how
bad it sounds at first. For this reason, it is important
to distinguish the difference between sound and
feel. We often say a note feels bad when it actually
just sounds bad. Sounding bad is okay, feeling bad
is not. Some people will put up with tremendous
discomfort in order to make something sound better.
should feel like nothing, like rolling down a stretch
of smooth pavement. Correct notes are just as easy
to sing as incorrect notes, so dont add any
effort when you want to sing something better. Cracks
are simply a momentary loss of balance. They do
not hurt you physically, so try not to wince if
one zings out unexpectedly. To gain control of your
voice, you need to learn to release your face, jaw,
tongue and neck. Just like relaxing your arms and
legs when skating, this usually creates a short
term loss of control. Re-visit this slippery feeling
until its trusted and you will be rewarded
with effortless singing. The only difference between
singing and roller blading is that you wont
have to sit funny while youre learning. Think
of it as un-training and youll have a big
head-start on the process
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
with the kind permission of Singer
your singing fix 7
glorious nights a week!
Biddy Mulligan's, 303 Bank St. 9:30-1:30am w/Hound
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Kitty
The LookOut, 41 York St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Dog
Village Inn Pub, 313 Bank St. 9:30pm-1:30am
Royal Britannia,1475 Richmond Rd. 9pm-1am w/Hound
Brig Pub, 501 Hazeldean Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
O'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 9:30pm-1:30am w/Kitty
Brig Pub, 501 Hazeldean Rd. 10pm-2am w/Hound
O'Brien's, 1145 Heron Rd. 9:30-1:30 w/Dog
Village Inn Pub, 313 Bank St. 9:30pm-1:30am
Swizzles, 246 Queen St. 8:30pm-12:30am w/Dog