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John Gorka 'Corona' sessions
On April 2, 2020 John wrote: I don't know when I'll be doing shows again. I'm hoping to put up some recordings from home in the coming days. I'm also checking on the possibility of livestreaming a show from time to time but we have slow wifi here and that may not be possible. We are all healthy at the moment and that is the main thing! Stay safe and healthy out there!



 

April 5 - July 5, 2020 (scroll down)

- Red River Valley (April 5, 2020)
- Better times Will Come
(April 12, 2020)
- Polly Wally
(April 19, 2020)
- Soap Opera
(April 26, 2020)
- Maya May I, (May 1, 2020)
- My Creole Belle (May 10, 2020)
- Careless Love (May 17, 2020)
- You Can Run (May 24, 2020)

- Muting the Sea (May 31,2020)
- Ignorance and Privilege (June 7, 2020)
- The Mercy of the Wheels. (June 14, 2020)
- If I Could Forget To Breathe (June 21, 2020)
- Let them in (June 28. 2020)
- Unblindfold The Referee (July 5, 2020)




 



Red River Valley



On April 5, 2020 John wrote: Here is my 1st homemade video. Itís not perfect but I hope you like it.

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Better Times Will Come

On April 12, 2020 John wrote: "Better Times Will Come" is a new song by Janis Ian. She sent this out yesterday (April 11, 2020) for people to sing and this is my version from last night. Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

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..Polly Wally

On April 19, 2020 John wrote: "An old song with a new verse. There's some John Prine phrasing and a Cliff Eberhardt type guitar run in there. We miss you John! And Cliff stay with us!"


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..soap opera

On April 26, 2020 John wrote:
Hello All, Home Made Video #4 is a new original song that is called ďsoap operaĒ. I hope you like it.

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..My Creole Belle

On May 10, 2020 John wrote: Homemade Video # 6 - A Mississippi John Hurt song that you may know well, here played on the fretless tack head banjo. (I feel better than I look.) I hope you like it. Happy Motherís Day


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..Maya, May I

On May 1, 2020 John wrote: Home Video # 5. I hope you like it!

For May Day 2020. Inspired by seeing Maya Angelou at Lehigh University many years ago. I wish she was still with us! Thanks to the Grunewald Guild Song School for their inspiring company.

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..Careless Love

On May 17, 2020 John wrote: Homemade Video # 7 is my take on the folk song Careless Love. This is a folk song with a couple of new lines, played on a fretless tackhead banjo made by Jeff Menzies.

Iím still experimenting with the technology but I hope you like it!

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..You Can Run

On May 24, 2020 John wrote: Home Video # 8 is a song by my friend Doug Anderson from our Razzy Dazzy Spasm Band days. Doug is making a lot of music presently under the name Olí Moose. I hope live music comes back some day. Iíd love to hear him and maybe play together again..


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. Muting the Sea

On May 21, 2020 John wrote: Home Video # 9 is a new banjo tune in Open C tuning with a mute on the bridge. Iím playing without fingerpicks. I hope you like it!


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..Ignorance and Privilege

On June 7, 2020 John wrote:
Home Video # 10 - Ignorance & Privilege appeared on my CD So Dark You See. I think this is my first homemade video at 1080 p.

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..The Mercy of the wheels

On June 14, 2020 John wrote:
Home Video # 11 is a new performance of a song from my 1991 CD Jackís Crows: The Mercy of the Wheels. I hope you like it! I hope to integrate some viewers comments in the next episode of my Home Videos.

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..If I Could Forget To Breathe

On June 21, 2020 John wrote
: Home Video # 12 - If I Could Forget To Breathe is a love song from my Temporary Road CD released in 1992. There is not enough love in this world. I hope you like it!

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..Let them in

On June 28, 2020 John wrote: Home Video # 13 - Based on a WWII era poem by Elma Dean, this is a song that goes out to all the ones who didnít come home, and to those who remember - Let Them In. .


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..Unblindfold The Referee

On July 5, 2020 John wrote: Home Video # 14 ó Unblindfold The Referee is a song from my 2006 CD Writing In The Margins. I hope you like it!


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