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Karaoke & Sing-along around Campfires

Yosemite_Sam1
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When we were tent camping, there will be several campsites with someone playing the guitar and other campers will mill around, uninvited, watching or singing along.

Now that we are into RVing, it seems protocol changed. We would hear a couple or more doing karaoke (with their karaoke systems) singing inside their RVs.

What changed? Of course, those in the tent camping are mostly young folks out to hit on someone pretty who comes along -- and I assume those in the RVs are rich old fogies. of the cranky "get off my lawn" kinds, LOL.:h
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SpeakEasy wrote:
I always travel with my guitar. I'm always trying to improve my playing, which means I have to "practice" every day. When camping, I generally bring the guitar outside.

Years ago, I was playing next to a campfire at Yellowstone, in the Norris Basin campground. At a minute past 8:00PM the host came over and told me to knock it off, because it was now "quiet hours." Sheesh.

Last spring, at a campsite in Fort DeSoto Park Campground near St. Petersburg FL, the neighbor's dog howled (inside their RV) every time I was playing. Again - sheesh.

I'm a pretty good guitarist, although the evidence in these two stories would suggest otherwise.

I'm always happy when someone stops by and enjoys the music or joins in.

-Speak


I'd join in too but I can't carry a tune. but I'd stop by with a couple of cold beers as I am a good listener! :C

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winniman wrote:
B.O. Plenty wrote:
We were at a campground parked next to the Rec building. On Friday nights they had Karoke. Some of the worst singers I ever heard. I couldn't wait til it was over. There are enough bad singers that are professionals, this bunch was just awful. One of those things I will never understand.
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Posted By: Gulfcoast on 01/31/20 07:10pm
I like quiet camping.... people like different things.
* This post was edited 01/31/20 07:33pm by Gulfcoast *


I have played guitar for close to 40 years, and my ex was a professional country singer. If we were boondock camping we would jam it up. Too many people like the posts above at campgrounds to make any kind of noise, so we seldom ever did.


I hope you'll do it too in regular campgrounds. As long as you don't spill into quiet time, those who likes quiet camping has no right to complain.

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B.O. Plenty wrote:
We were at a campground parked next to the Rec building. On Friday nights they had Karoke. Some of the worst singers I ever heard. I couldn't wait til it was over. There are enough bad singers that are professionals, this bunch was just awful. One of those things I will never understand.
B.O.


Posted By: Gulfcoast on 01/31/20 07:10pm
I like quiet camping.... people like different things.
* This post was edited 01/31/20 07:33pm by Gulfcoast *


I have played guitar for close to 40 years, and my ex was a professional country singer. If we were boondock camping we would jam it up. Too many people like the posts above at campgrounds to make any kind of noise, so we seldom ever did.

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BobsYourUncle wrote:
Yosemite Sam1 wrote:
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Dogs are the worst critics....
:B


Mine would how on my Don McLean, bark on John Denver and cover his ears on Simon & Garfunkle.

Some day I'll hit the right note -- or singer.

Don't try Metallica....
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He'll probably go completely nuts -- or suicidal. :E

On one hand, he might think it's just my wife screaming on me to take out the garbage for the nth time.

Yosemite Sam1 wrote:
BobsYourUncle wrote:
Dogs are the worst critics....
:B


Mine would how on my Don McLean, bark on John Denver and cover his ears on Simon & Garfunkle.

Some day I'll hit the right note -- or singer.

Don't try Metallica....
:B
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Yosemite_Sam1
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BobsYourUncle wrote:
Dogs are the worst critics....
:B


Mine would how on my Don McLean, bark on John Denver and cover his ears on Simon & Garfunkle.

Some day I'll hit the right note -- or singer.

Yosemite_Sam1
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SpeakEasy wrote:
I always travel with my guitar. I'm always trying to improve my playing, which means I have to "practice" every day. When camping, I generally bring the guitar outside.

Years ago, I was playing next to a campfire at Yellowstone, in the Norris Basin campground. At a minute past 8:00PM the host came over and told me to knock it off, because it was now "quiet hours." Sheesh.

Last spring, at a campsite in Fort DeSoto Park Campground near St. Petersburg FL, the neighbor's dog howled (inside their RV) every time I was playing. Again - sheesh.

I'm a pretty good guitarist, although the evidence in these two stories would suggest otherwise.

I'm always happy when someone stops by and enjoys the music or joins in.

-Speak


I will stop around if I see you playing. Promise, I won't bark or howl. I'll just hum along if you don't mind.

Dogs are the worst critics....
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SpeakEasy
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I always travel with my guitar. I'm always trying to improve my playing, which means I have to "practice" every day. When camping, I generally bring the guitar outside.

Years ago, I was playing next to a campfire at Yellowstone, in the Norris Basin campground. At a minute past 8:00PM the host came over and told me to knock it off, because it was now "quiet hours." Sheesh.

Last spring, at a campsite in Fort DeSoto Park Campground near St. Petersburg FL, the neighbor's dog howled (inside their RV) every time I was playing. Again - sheesh.

I'm a pretty good guitarist, although the evidence in these two stories would suggest otherwise.

I'm always happy when someone stops by and enjoys the music or joins in.

-Speak
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I don't feel like anything is lost from the experience just because this isn't a common thing anymore. There are still those who practice it and others who don't, it's normal, it's not necessarily a matter of being comfier inside, but rather for some it seems not that safe to just sit with complete strangers. And they're not to blame for this mentality, honestly.

Yosemite_Sam1
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Campfire Time wrote:
I've never heard anyone doing karaoke. But back when we tented there was often someone with a guitar, sometimes 2, playing and having sing alongs. Tenting is just different. You spend almost all of your time outside, even if it's raining.

With an RV you have another option. We still spend a lot of time outside. We do most of our cooking over a campfire. But also don't mind going inside if it's really cold out and watching a movie.


Yeah, there seems to be more of the guitar singing around the campfire on tent sites.

Hear a few inside their RVs and some so good I wish they go out so we can gawk, lol.

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Dutch_12078 wrote:
My favorite campground sing along occurred many years ago at a Connecticut State Park campground. One Friday afternoon, a local RV dealer hauled a high end bumper pull TT in and set it up on a site near the community fire ring. We didn't see anyone come in to occupy it, but late at night there were lights on and there was luxury rental car parked by it in the morning. Right after dinner time on Saturday, the park folks lit up the large central fire as usual and a few folks brought over lawn chairs to sit and chat. The next thing we knew, a couple came from the new TT and sat down with an acoustic guitar. After strumming a few notes the fellow began to sing, and it didn't take long for us to figure out that he didn't just kind of look like John Denver, it was in fact John Denver along with his then wife Annie! It wasn't long before practically everyone in the park was joining in singing along. Quiet time came and went without a single complaint that I heard about. We finally broke up about midnight, and early the next morning they were gone and the dealer was packing up the TT. I have some pictures taken well before digital cameras, but they're not among the ones I've scanned yet...


Wow, just wow!!!:C:C:C

That's the ultimate in sing-a-along and certainly a experience of a lifetime.

You are so lucky and it can only happen to very few others.

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I've never heard anyone doing karaoke. But back when we tented there was often someone with a guitar, sometimes 2, playing and having sing alongs. Tenting is just different. You spend almost all of your time outside, even if it's raining.

With an RV you have another option. We still spend a lot of time outside. We do most of our cooking over a campfire. But also don't mind going inside if it's really cold out and watching a movie.
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My favorite campground sing along occurred many years ago at a Connecticut State Park campground. One Friday afternoon, a local RV dealer hauled a high end bumper pull TT in and set it up on a site near the community fire ring. We didn't see anyone come in to occupy it, but late at night there were lights on and there was luxury rental car parked by it in the morning. Right after dinner time on Saturday, the park folks lit up the large central fire as usual and a few folks brought over lawn chairs to sit and chat. The next thing we knew, a couple came from the new TT and sat down with an acoustic guitar. After strumming a few notes the fellow began to sing, and it didn't take long for us to figure out that he didn't just kind of look like John Denver, it was in fact John Denver along with his then wife Annie! It wasn't long before practically everyone in the park was joining in singing along. Quiet time came and went without a single complaint that I heard about. We finally broke up about midnight, and early the next morning they were gone and the dealer was packing up the TT. I have some pictures taken well before digital cameras, but they're not among the ones I've scanned yet...
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