First observe of how many Notes compass the Tune is. Next, the place of your first Note; and how many Notes above & below that: so as you may begin the Tune of your first Note as the rest may be sung in the compass of your and the peoples voices, without Squeaking above, or Grumbling below.

Thanksgiving Eve yes, Christmas Eve no

Midweek singing will go ahead on Wednesday, November 26 — Thanksgiving eve — at our regular Greenwich Village spot, St. John’s Lutheran, and we will have some over-the-river-and-through-the-woods travelers with us.  But we won’t meet on December 24.


Midweek singing at St. Peter’s Chelsea, Nov. 19, 2014

The Wednesday night singing will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal, Chelsea (20th Street between 8th and 9th), rather than St. John’s this week.  Bring your own book and any extras you may have — we could be low on loaners.


Weekend events, Nov 15 & 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, Jimmy’s #43 (our First Sunday host) has invited us singers to participate in their Slow Food event, The Art of Whole Hog Butchery, from 2 to 5.  We’ll be fed — dunno if Jimmy’s excellent beer is also thrown in.  Apparently Sacred Harp has previously drawn the attention of Slow Food movement leader Carlo Petrino; Jimmy’s says,  “their colonial era sacred harp singing was a highlight of Carlo’s last visit; he remarked how Jimmy’s No. 43 is a pleasant change from all the NYC bars with TVs).”  (I guess I missed that; does anyone remember?).  And we sing on Sunday as usual on the Upper East Side.  I won’t be able to make either event, but I hope to hear good reports from them both.


Singing for our St Peter’s hosts, All Souls’ Day

We have been invited to participate in the All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) ten a.m. service at St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea, our summer home.  Don’t know the details yet but I’m sure I’m not the only one anticipating blowing their little episcopalian minds with our weird songs of death and joy.  We’ll also have our regular First Sunday singing at Jimmy’s #43 at 3:00 (although I will be singing with my Renaissance chorus in Grand Central from two to four and can hope only to get downtown for the last hour or so.)  I wish I could claim I’m also going to fit in running a marathon, but that would be a dead lie.  Turn back the clocks!


New York City All-Day Singing 2014 is nearly upon us!

It’s a full plate of shapenote pleasures in New York this weekend.

Tonight, Friday September 19: Open house at my place (96 Sackett Street, #2, between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets on the west coast of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn). 5:30 to 8:30, drinks and snacks and a chance for locals and early arrivers to mingle. No singing is scheduled, but I do have three colors of loaners, so there’s no saying what might happen. Sam’s planning dinner afterwards at Calexico, two blocks away; there’s also Alma, the Mexican place with the great view, two blocks in the other direction, and Pok Pok, the regional Thai place with the super-long lines two blocks further north, and several other options. Shows at Jalopy at 8:30, 9:30, and 10:30.

Tomorrow, Saturday September 20: ALL-DAY SINGING, Plymouth Church (Orange and Henry Streets, Brooklyn Heights). Singing 9:30 to 3:30 (about); come for part or all. Dinner on the Grounds at midday.   Composium following at 4:00 and social at Taperia, 132 Montague Street, starting about 4:30.  See the FB post linked above for all details.

Sunday, September 21, the Equinox: Upper East Side singing from 2 to 5:30 at the Church of the Epiphany, 74th Street and York, Manhattan.


Sacred Harp in the era of social media

This is what it’s like singing Sacred Harp in the twenty-first century. I wake at six outside of Philadelphia, check my Twitter feed, and find this:

And I respond:

(The answer is yes, they do, and I’m asked to pass on regards to friends.)

And now I hear that coffee is ready. I bet they have that in London too.


New York City All-Day Singing 2014 — Saturday, Sept. 20, Plymouth Church

It’s less than a month away! New York City’s All-Day singing returns to Brooklyn this year. We’ll start at 9:30 on Saturday and sing till 3:30, not forgetting the all-important Dinner on the Grounds, with a composers’ forum following to sing some brand new tunes. Plymouth Church is on Orange Street between Hicks and Henry in beautiful Brooklyn Heights. NYCADS was there in earlier years and always enjoyed the location, but this year we will sing in the reception room, smaller but far better acoustically. See the FB event here for details and let us know if you will be there.

We’ll also sing on Sunday from 2 to 5:30 at our regular Third Sunday site, Church of the Epiphany on 74th Street and York Avenue on the Upper East Side. This small, handsome side chapel is perhaps our best regular singing site, so if you can stick around, I’m certain you’ll enjoy the singing.

Watch this space and Facebook for associated events to be announced shortly. (Hint: 117.)


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