When it comes time to lead the sing-along, you need some easy acoustic guitar songs that are known and loved by all.
Here are a few that will get the crowd going and make you look like a genius…even if they only are three chords!
- Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
This has always been a favorite of mine. Probably because of my own brown eyes.
And why not. It’s got an easy, breezy sensibility and a walk-in-the-sunshine vibe.
- Down on the Corner – Creedance Clearwater Revival
Be sure to have a tambourine on hand for this one. The song chronicles the tale of the fictional band Willy and the Poor Boys, and how they play on street corners to cheer people up and ask for nickels.
You might want to pass the hat while you’re jamming out on this one. Or at least jangle a couple of nickels in a cup.
- Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
There are boatloads of diehard Buffett fans out there, and I’m betting you’ll find plenty of folks ready to raise a glass to this one.
“Margaritaville” was released in 1977 on the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.
This song was written about a drink Buffett discovered at Lung’s Cocina del Sur restaurant on Anderson Lane in Austin, Texas, and the first huge surge of tourists who descended on Key West, Florida around that time. He wrote most of the song that night in Austin and finished it while spending time in Key West. It remains Buffett’s highest charting solo single.
Has Buffett contributed to the popularity of the Margarita? We may never know, but I say HELL YEAH!
- Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da – The Beatles
If there ever was a song written for singing along, this is it!
The iconic syllabic chorus is a crowd-pleaser for sure!
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” is a song credited to Lennon–McCartney, but written by Paul McCartney, and released by the Beatles on their 1968 album The Beatles (commonly called The White Album).
It was released as a single that same year in many countries, but not in the United Kingdom, nor in the United States until 1976.
It’s reported that John Lennon was never particular enchanted with it, but you must admit, its carefree happy-go-lucky vibe is perfect for a by-the-fire sing-along!
- Stir It Up – Bob Marley
“Stir It Up” is a song by Bob Marley in 1967, written for his wife Rita, and first made popular by Johnny Nash.
“Stir It Up” was Bob Marley’s first successful song outside Jamaica.
I particularly like that it opens with the chorus. The sing-along begins right off the top!
- Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd
This iconic song proves you don’t have to be from the south to love southern rock.
Released by Lynyrd Skynyrd, it first appeared in 1974 on their second album, Second Helping.
It reached Number 8 on the US charts in 1974 and was the band’s second hit single. So crank it up, or at least strum louder!
- Free Falling – Tom Petty
Capo 3 frets then play as written
This laid back tune has an iconic chordal strum that runs through the entire song.
Easy and cool!
- Come On Get Higher – Matt Nathanson
I admit it. I’m partial to the songs of Matt Nathanson.
He’s just hits the lyrics on the head and writes ultimately singable melodies.
“Come On Get Higher” was co-written by and Mark Weinberg and released as the second single from his album Some Mad Hope in 2008.
- Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
This minimalist song is simply brilliant.
It’s second single from Snow Patrol’s fourth album.
- Wonderwall – Oasis
I have personally played this around a campfire and I bet some of you have too!
It’s the song everyone loves to sing along too. What is a “wonderwall?” Who cares!
From farmer to Glamper
There is one place we can go to get a very good idea of what people are looking for as their next vacation, as well as discovering other new and emerging trends. This place is the most popular online search engine in the world…Google. When we study data Google provides about its users, it shows that the term ‘camping’ has strong seasonal fluctuations and is on a very gradual decline. This demonstrates that users of Google are starting to use different search terms, which in turn can indicate a change of behaviour.
However, when we study the term ‘glamping’ we discover that it is performing extremely well by growing rapidly on a strong incremental line, while still demonstrating seasonal fluctuations.
Google can also give us more clues about how our habits as tourists are changing, as new ways to book our holidays are becoming more common. For example, the hospitality booking system Airbnb is rapidly increasing in popularity and showing no signs of slowing down. This online system gives owners of unique glamping stays the opportunity to easily and cheaply list their structures and generate healthy annual bookings and financial returns.
An interesting aspect of glamping is how it is attracting an entirely new group of customers into the outdoor hospitality market. People who have never before considered traditional camping – and never will – are exploring the possibilities of glamping. This is helping the market grow while opening up opportunities and prospects for the future.
Unsurprisingly, as the glamping trend increases, the popularity of starting a glamping business increases too as it offers an exciting, new opportunity for lifestyle entrepreneurs and landowners. One of the best kept secrets in this industry is that some glamping business models can achieve a return on investment and pay for setup costs within the first two years, and sometimes even before. This is quite an achievement for a new business.
Glamping is also a diversification option for farmers and landowners wanting to broaden income achieved from a plot of land and spread their earning portfolio to cushion fluctuations throughout the year. Previously this may have been bed and breakfast, but the impact on everyday life with strangers wandering around the family home can prove to be difficult. It may also have been possible to develop self-contained holiday accommodation within an unused space, but for many the early development costs can prove to be too much. As a result, the low cost and high income benefits of starting a glamping business are being explored.
In addition, glamping provision is rapidly becoming a ‘lifestyle business’ choice for entrepreneurs who have become increasingly disillusioned with the day job and turn to it as a way of improving their quality of life. New owners are able to use their time being creative and in charge of their future, while spending much more time outside. It’s an empowering shift from the conventional 9 to 5 existence and is another reason a glamping business is proving to be so popular.
From my experience as an independent industry expert, helping new businesses launch into this market, I have identified many key areas that lead to success. However, it’s particularly important to focus on a degree of uniqueness, but then our Woodytents are just irresistible for anyone.
The idea of camping speaks to you, but saying goodbye to all the luxuries you are used too is probably too big of a step. Glamping is the perfect solution. But what exactly is it and how do you do that?
A course on glamping for beginners
What is glamping?
It is a literal combination of glamor and camping. Camping with a touch of glamor. You have to see it like this: you enjoy nature and freedom like camping, but doing so in a glamorous setting. The word has been around a while, some people think that the hype is already over, but nothing is less true. Glamping is no hype or trend, is celebrating a new way of vacationing that will remain many, many years. It is the alternative to an expensive rv payment or beach holiday. In this day and age, when most our time is spent behind screens, we can use some fresh air in nature.
Is Glamping for you?
No form fits all, but Glamping can be done with your lover, with children, groups of friends and even for a honeymoon. That should just about appeal to everyone. Win win situation.
Getting started: How and where do you find the right spot?
Decide where you want to go: stay close to home or venture out to new horizons. And determine the budget, what you want to spend it. Remember that part of the price is also a lot about the experience, the location : you are one with nature, spend the whole day outside and sleep in a comfortable bed in a beautiful tent.
What to bring ?
Remember that you are going camping. Although luxury, but it’s still camping. So bring, a pair of boots or shoes that can get dirty and are waterproof (well, rain is part of the deal), some good books, some cold ones and good friends.
What to expect?
Birds that sing, the wind in the trees, wildlife close by and the warmth of the sun are still part of it. It’s all part of the whole, you enjoy being outdoors, be one with nature, good conversations and a bonfire. Only this time in a good bed with sheets and your own private bathroom! It’s an experience you will not forget!