Gigi & Mike (Gigi Johnson and Mike Salas)

Gigi & Mike (Gigi Johnson and Mike Salas)

 Monrovia, California, USA
BandFolkChildren's Music

Gigi & Mike concerts get kids from 2 to 70 to sing, clap, shout, flap their arms, spin in circles, play simple instruments, and make up lyrics. They get the room, the car on trips, the school room -- no matter where their listeners are -- to sing and move along with old folk standards, fun kids' songs, and quirky tunes.

Biography

Winner -- 1st Place, Traditional Singing -- 2006 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival

Gigi and Mike make quite a pair. And, no, Gigi Johnson and Mike Salas aren't related, and they aren't married. They just like to give each other funny grief on stage, playing along the whole time.

Mike has been playing the guitar since he was 8, and is still a kid at heart. He has been working with pre-schoolers for more than a decade, as well as teaching teachers how to sing and share with their students.

Gigi, who has been singing since she was 12, is actually "Dr. Gigi," with a doctorate in education and a day-job of teaching college students how to understand the digital and the media worlds.

Together, they laugh, sing, occasionally cry, and share music with anyone who can tap their toes.

Lyrics

Speedbump

Written By: Gigi Johnson & Mike Salas

A speed bump in my life
Slowing me down
Jolting my calm
You fell into my path
And brought me nearly to a halt
And wasn’t that a halt.

I was streaming ahead
Looking only down
The long straight road
And suddenly, you were there
And caught me swiftly when I fell
And stumbling, what a fall.
And caught me swiftly when I fell
And stumbling, what a fall.

You made me look around
Made me pour the dust off
My scraped and shielded heart
And the minutes caught fire
And burned with the light of fresh new days
And those were some nights.
And burned with the light of fresh new days
And those were some nights.

Can I capture that time in a bottle
And make sense of my own restless ways?
If I hurt you, please don’t take it personal.
I’m packing up my heart – heading for the road.

I started up again
Can’t stop speeding up,
Flying past and fading away
You fell back like yesterday.
But I’ll relive those days on fire
And baby, what fire.
But I’ll relive those days on fire
And baby, what fire.

Copyright © 2006 Maremel Media, LLC

Wipe That Smile

Written By: Gigi Johnson & Mike Salas

[Her] Wipe that smile off your face
Yes, I’m back for more
But I’m back for me
You were right – I can’t find anyone better than you

Wipe that smile, I say again
I don’t want to pretend to even be friends
Just give me love and company
Leave the rest -- dirty laundry, in the hamper, tucked away.

[Him} I knew it – back again
I didn’t have to try
But when I reach for you
I hear a quiet sigh

Having you again
Makes me shiver without heat
Is it easier to love like this
Or admit my own defeat?


[Her] Wipe that smile, I say once more
I’m not here to love you back
Just to be safe and sane
Between your arms – staring at the shadows on the wall.

Wipe that smile, one last time.
Don’t fool yourself, I’m not here for you
I’m here to keep fooling me.
You were right – I can’t find anyone better than you.

[Him} I knew it – back again
I didn’t have to try
But when I reach for you
I hear a quiet sigh

Having you again
Makes me shiver without heat
Is it easier to love like this
Or admit my own defeat?

[Her] Wipe that smile off your face
Yes, I’m back for more
But I’m back for me
[Together] You were right – I can’t find anyone better than you.
You were right – I can’t find anyone better than you

Mountaineer's Courtship

Written By: Traditional

[Him] An old song about…a man courting a woman, right?
[Her] If you want to put it that way…
[Him] Kind of courtin’ her. She askin’, “are you going to court me�?
[Her] She’s not asking the right questions early enough, evidently…
[Him] Well, let’s find out why…I mean, let’s see how that is.

[Her] When you comin’ to see me, to see me, to see me?
When you comin’ to see me, my dear old mountain boy?

[Him] I guess I’ll come next Sunday, next Sunday, next Sunday,
I guess I’ll come next Sunday, if the weather is good

[Her] How long do you think you’ll court me, you’ll court me, you’ll court me?
How long do you think you’ll court me, my dear old mountain boy?

[Him] I think I’ll court you all night, all night, all night.
I think I’ll court you all night, if the weather is good.

[Her] When you think we’ll marry, we’ll marry, we’ll marry?
When you think we’ll marry, my dear old mountain boy?

[Him] Well, I think we’ll marry in a week, in a week, in a week.
I think we’ll marry in a week, if the weather is good.

[Her] What you going to ride to the wedding in, to the wedding in, to the wedding in?
What you going to ride to the wedding in, my dear old mountain boy?

[Him] Well, I think I’ll bring I’ll ride my log sled, my log sled, my log sled.
I think I’ll bring I’ll ride my log sled, if the weather is good.

[Her] Why not bring your buggy, your buggy, your buggy?
Why not bring your buggy, my dear old mountain boy?

[Him] My ox won’t work to the buggy, to the buggy, to the buggy.
My ox won’t work to the buggy, though I’ve never seen him try.

[Her] Who you bring to the wedding, to the wedding, to the wedding?
Who you gonna bring to the wedding, my dear old mountain boy?

[Him] Well, I think I’ll bring my children, my children, my children.
I think I’ll bring my children, if the weather is good, of course.

[Her] Well, I didn’t know you had any children, any children, any children!
I didn’t know you had any children …my dear old mountain boy!

[Him] Oh, yes, I have six children, six children, six children.
My own dear old mountain girl, Joe, Jim, Bob, Sally and the baby.

[Her] There ain't a gonna be no weddin', no weddin', no weddin'!
There ain't a gonna be no weddin', not even if the weather be good!

[Him] Ok.
[Her] Six children! Where the heck did you get six children from!
I know, that’s kind of obvious…

[Him] Do I need to explain that, explain that, explain that…?

Discography

Crunchy PartyMix (2005), with 21 folk music tracks on iTunes, MSN, AOL, and many other online sources, as well as CD Baby and BestBuy.com

Half-hour episodes of cable show, "Let's Sing Together" -- "Best of" and Holiday show can be enjoyed on Google Video (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=345747166668395451#) and www.gigiandmike.com.

Set List

The usual set list is 16-20 songs, ranging from the 1830s to today. They also perform other types of shows, depending on the venue, audience, and time of year.

Examples:
Old MacDonald had a . . . Zoo?
I've Been Working On The Railroad
The Turning Song
She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Waddeley Achee
The Pirate Song