BYU Reading Day Hootenanny event

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A Reading Day Sing-Along Hootenanny will be hosted by students in the courtyard of the Joseph F. Smith Building April 17 at 12:30 p.m.

“I was sitting studying for finals and listening to some Bob Dylan and thinking about how I’d much rather be playing music than studying for finals,” said Stephen Nothum, the Hootenanny’s creator.

All are invited to bring instruments to play and sing along together. The event will include popular hits like “Some Nights” by Fun, “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake and “Radioactive” by Image Dragons.

The Hootenanny is an event for the students by the students! Photo courtesy of Steven Nothum.
The Hootenanny is an event for students by students on the Thursday reading day. (Photo courtesy Steven Nothum)

A complete list of songs that will be played can be found on the event’s Facebook page, “BYU Reading Day Sing-Along Hootenanny.” The event page includes the song chords so participants can practice beforehand. The selections have fairly simple chord progressions for all skill levels.  

“Take a break from studying, and celebrate the end of school and the start of the summer by bringing a guitar, ukulele, banjo, percussion instrument, spoon, hands for clapping, or whatever else makes a noise — and especially bring your voice as we mass together a giant play-along and sing-along hootenanny,” the event page says. “Come watch if you don’t sing!”

Students can join the fun in front of the fountain in the JFSB courtyard at 12:30 p.m. 

“I hope we get a big turnout,” Nothum said. “I just want to hear BYU scream these songs as we all share our musical talents with one another.”

The event is advertised with a Facebook page and ads written in chalk on the sidewalks around campus.
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