My guitar, Sophia, and I perform at local coffee houses.  The response has been favorable. I can’t believe it took me so long to just get out there and do it. I’ve wanted to do this since I was twelve years old, for heaven’s sake. 

My tips from coffee shop gigs are donated to Aim at Melanoma.  Many thanks to all my friends who come out to hear me. 

I also have been blessed to lead worship at several spiritual events/retreats.

I sing a variety of folk, light rock, country, standards, traditionals, hymns, and contemporary Christian tunes…. oh, and a few originals (Well, I said “variety,” didn’t I?) I also lead music at religious events like healing conferences and retreats.

 Here’s a partial set list from my recent gigs:

  • Wild World
  • Those Words we Said
  • If Wishes Were Changes
  • Me and Bobby McGee
  • Desperado
  • Ground Control to Major Tom
  • Amazing Love
  • Til I Get Over You (original)
  • The Water is Wide
  • When You Say Nothing At All
  • There’s a Kind of Hush
  • Crazy Love
  • Another Saturday Night
  • In My Life
  • Wayfaring Stranger
  • I’ve Been Trying to Get Over you
  • Where Have All the Flowers Gone
  • Once in a Very Blue Moon
  • Turkey Pepperoni (original)
  • What a Wonderful World

Recent and Upcoming Gigs

  • February 28, 7-9:30 at Java Dave’s Coffeehouse in Midlothian, TX
  • March 7, 7:30-8:00 at Crossroads Showcase at Varsity Club Grille in Plano, TX
  • March 29, 6:30 at Wildstock, Grace Bible Church
  • April 3-4, Healing Conference “Becoming a Habitat for God” at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas
  • April 6, Soaking Prayer at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Dallas

Please sign up to be a “fan” on  my Facebook Music page (search for Jackie Doss Music on Facebook). That way I can keep you informed of upcoming gigs.


8 Responses to “Gigs”

  1. “Sophia”, huh? Where’d that come from? Did you just see the guitar, know you had to have it, and name it Sophia, or what? Do you have a favorite artist or group? I hope that you, and “Sophia” keep at it long enough for me to hear you perform “When You Say Nothing At Al”l, as it’s one of my all time favorites…, and “Lucky One”, of theirs. I like Joni Mitchell, too, but I don’t recognize any of these as being hers – am I missing something, or do you not do any of hers?

  2. My last guitar before Sophia was Sylvia, named after Sylvia Plath. Yes, I’ve had her THAT long…. since college, when I was enamored with suicidal poets. I’ve grown wiser since then. So I decided to name this guitar “wisdom” because “I’ve come a long way, baby.”

    I can’t say that I have a favorite artist or group. There are SO many good ones. And frankly, I don’t keep up with any of the new ones. I can’t say that I’ve learned many Joni Mitchell songs of late. I know a few, but haven’t practiced them enough to perform yet. However, I’m working on Joan Baez’s Diamonds and Rust. Many people tell me that my voice is similar to hers.

  3. Sylvia was complicated – the poet, not the guitar, to my knowledge. Sophia is one of my favortie names – given to pets, and intended for a child, though my son would likely have never forgiven me, despite its country music trade value – hey there’s a parody opportunity, if I’ve ever heard one! Wisdom is the proper companion of Love, thus I offer myself as Philo.

    Another great name is Theodore/a and other variants, though again, as I recall Alvin and The Chipminks, I can envision a hostile name-bearer out there in the world. I was always happy to learn that the keeper of Vincent Van Gogh’s soul, his brother, was named some variant of Theodore (Theodorus) and refered to as Theo, which, on second thought, may fly down in the schoolyard, after all, but alas, it is a bit late to be planning an addition to the family – but there may be room for one more pet, or maybe a little ukelele friend for Sophia…? Let me know, I have a lonely little uke lying around, somewhere.

    Keep up the playing and writing – someday, I’ll show up to see/hear you. Think about Joni – try the albums Hejira, or Court and Spark – she’s been a bit too angry, since then. Also, I am quite fond of Phoebe Snow’s Poetry Man and Janis Ian’s At Seventeen, they are fabulous relics of our youth.

  4. One of the characters in my novel-in-progress is Father Theophilos Brennan, lovingly called Fr. Theo. My understanding is that the name means friend of God. I patterned him after an Episcopal priest I used to know whose middle name was Theophilos.

  5. Lover of God, is the interpretation I prefer. For instance, I like to believe that the great Cuban heavyweight boxer, Teofilo Stevenson, 3 time olympic gold medalist, was great because of the obligation imposed by his name, but what do silly romantics lke me know, anyway.

    I look forward to reading your novel.

  6. Getting back to Sylvia . . . I always loved her… the guitar much more than the poet. Reminiscent of her namesake, she jumped off of her guitar stand . . . I suspect in an effort to hurt herself. And she did. It wasn’t major, but I cried and cried and cried about it. It was only a tuning peg, but it kept me from playing her.

    My dear husband was touched by my tears and told me to buy myself a new guitar (keeping within a small budget of course), because I deserved one, and it made me happy to play. After that, he bought me a P.A. system and a microphone stand… and thus began my coffee-shop career.

    I still have my beloved Sylvia. I even ordered a tuning peg to repair her, and I’m hoping it fits and that I’ll be able to do it myself rather than sending her to a lutier.

  7. I am happy to hear that she survived – sounds like she was essential, in some way. Best of good fortune with fixing her, as you can’t trust anyone who has name or a job you can’t pronounce…

  8. The next gig: May 29th at Saxby’s. I have a few songs to add to the repertoire! I’ll be there from 6:00-8:30, with a break 7:00-7:30.

    For the record, I didn’t get many laughs when I first debuted my song about menopause, “Hot Flashes or Global Warming,” at Dunn Bros. I suspected that it was because most of the people there were men, and they just didn’t “get it.” Sure enough, I sang it to my girlfriends on a retreat, and they laughed all the way through it. So perhaps there’s hope for it after all.

    I’m sorry to announce that the Coffee Beanery in Colleyville had to shut down. My best wishes to Barbara, the owner.

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