Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, June 14, 2015. At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York. Singing from THE SACRED HARP, 1991 Denson edition and 2012 Cooper Book Edition [CB], and the Shenandoah Harmony [ShH]). The calls go round the room in this singing.
Present: Paul, Sarah L., Jon, Patrick, Mary Ellen, Sam, Zoe S., Molly, Ann, Carol. Visiting from Bristol: Sue, Charlie. Friend of Charlie’s: Katie. Visiting from North Carolina: Steve & Betsy Walker. New: Alice
Alice was chasing a particular text, as you’ll see below, though it was never clear if we had found the Platonic tune she had in mind. Molly led maybe her first fuging tune. (Autocorrect wants “fudging” tune. I’m sure many of us were doing some fudging, but that’s not the goal.)
Jon pitched the Cooper book and I did most of the rest. Quiz: What song below might be represented by this famous painting?
Opener: 56t COLUMBIANA nbm
31t NINETY THIRD PSALM Charlie
49t OLD HUNDRED Sue
49b MEAR Paul
61 SWEET RIVERS Sarah
128 THE PROMISED LAND Steve
48b KEDRON Patrick
ShH 307 JOLLY SOLDIER Sam
CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN Mary Ellen
480 RESURRECTION Betsy
114 SAINT’S DELIGHT Alice
ShH 13t BOURBON Nancy
53 JERUSALEM Charlie
CB 571 NOT MADE WITH HANDS Jon
388 HAPPY SAILOR Sue
CB 572 WE WILL SING W/THE ANGELS Paul
ShH 124 GONE TO REST Sarah
565b THE HILL OF ZION Steve
47b IDUMEA Zoe S
112 LAST WORDS OF COPERNICUS Patrick
ShH 239 VOICE TO THE SHEPHERDS Sam
ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN Mary Ellen
288 WHITE Molly
Callback: 82t BOUND FOR CANAAN nbm
43 PRIMROSE HILL Alice
ShH 15 CONVERSE Ann
ShH 174 FAITHFUL SOLDIER nbm
ShH 175 CHANGING SEASONS Katie
335 RETURN AGAIN Charlie
CB 174 GOSPEL MESSAGE Jon
111b TO DIE NO MORE Sue
ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST Ann
CB 133 JOHN 4:14 Carol
ShH 22b PSALM 30 Sarah
107 RUSSIA Steve
86 POLAND Patrick
ShH 104t TIME IS WINGING US AWAY Sam
276 BRIDGEWATER Molly
36 NINETY-FIFTH Alice
203 FLORIDA nbm
39t DETROIT Katie
217 BALLSTOWN Charlie
CB 336t HESTER Jon
122 ALL IS WELL Sue
124 LOVER OF THE LORD Carol
Closer, selected by the Bristolians: 282 I’M GOING HOME
Totals: 23 plus 23 for 46 songs; 29 Denson, 6 Cooper, 11 Shen Harm. The Denson book dominated, unusually. Only three (RIVER OF JORDAN and CONVERSE from the ShH and CLEANSING FOUNTAIN from the CB) duplicate choices from last month, and only two (WHITE and ShH 22b PSALM 30) from April.
We’ll sing from three books in Brooklyn as usual on Second Sunday, June 14, 2:00 at St Paul’s, Clinton and Carroll Streets. I have to be uptown at 7:00 so let’s patronize our favorite backyard beer bar in the neighborhood, Strong Place on Court Street, afterwards. Third Sunday UES singing is off for the summer, but we will sing as part of the Porch Stomp sub-festival during Make Music New York on Sunday, June 21, the summer solstice. We’ll probably sing two sets interspersed with some light explanation, at least some of it under Liggett Arch, between noon and 3:00. To be there for the whole thing, take an early ferry (11 or 11:30) from the Battery or the foot of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. (It’s all explained here.)
Fourth Saturday Christian Harmony should go forward as usual. More to come.
Not a single hand went up when the group at singing last night was polled for those planning to attend Sunday’s EVil singing, so it was determined that we’d do best to cancel for this month.
Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, May 10, 2015. At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York. Singing from THE SACRED HARP, 1991 Denson edition, the Cooper Book, 2012 Edition [CB], and the Shenandoah Harmony [ShH]). The calls go round the room in this singing.
Present: Dick, Jordan, Patrick, Sam, Solon, Chris C., Nancy B., Sarah L., Mary Ellen, Ezra, Jon, nbm, Ann, Paul, Anna, Molly, Evan.
Jon pitched the Cooper book, Chris pitched the Denson book, and I pitched the Shenandoah, aside from the singers who keyed their own. Other singers were helpful in adjusting pitches where needed.
Defying predictions, we sang few “mother” songs, though Jon contributed the charmingly ghastly CB 363 (“She’s gone from earth to heaven, I have no mother now”). We really liked Ann’s early CB pick, CB 273 MARTHASVILLE, and I believe the altos enjoyed their line in CB 361. Nancy Britton, as is her wont, found us some less-sung Shen songs. Sarah chose to omit the bird’s-eyes in the A section of ShH 162, which worked well once we figured it out, but the fermata quota was more than filled by our CB songs. We had trouble with ShH 86, SONG OF MOSES, with its tricksy little intervals from that Mr. Ingalls, and also with Timothy Swan’s characteristically strange BONDAGE, ShH 167. But we were modestly proud of our rests in ShH 254, PENNSYLVANIA. Heaven rejoices, modestly.
Opener: 31b WEBSTER nbm
CB 426b THE TIME IS ROLLING ON Jon
CB 273 MARTHASVILLE Ann
ShH 260t CONFLICT Paul
ShH 48 CAPTAIN KIDD Jordan Read the rest of this entry »
*We’ll sing on Mother’s Day this weekend in Brooklyn (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Carroll Gardens, at Carroll and Clinton Streets, 2 p.m.). Anyone willing to come by my place at 1:00 to help put covers on the new Cooper books and a few others, please let me know. Entertainment chez moi after singing — if it’s nice enough, we could move out to the Urban Meadow around the corner.
*Next Friday night and Saturday, May 15 and 16, is the Garden State Singing Convention. Friday night will use the three books we sing from in Brooklyn (Denson and Cooper Sacred Harps and Shenandoah Harmony); Sunday is all Denson. I plan to take the train out Friday night; looks like there’s a 6:10 that arrives at Watchung Avenue, a five minute walk away, at 6:52.
*Summer Wednesday singings will stay at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Christopher Street rather than moving to St. Peter’s in Chelsea, by slim majority of two classes of singers.
*Big news for the fall is that our 2015 All-Day Singing, Saturday before the third Sunday in September, will be at Marble Collegiate Church on Second Avenue and Seventh Street. Congratulations to Carol and Aldo for obtaining the use of this admirably suited space for the All-Day and also our regular Sunday singing on the following day. (That’s September 19 and 20.)
It’s been a year, just about, but here are some nice fresh minutes of our lively spring singing on Sunday.
Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, April 12, 2015. At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York. Singing from THE SACRED HARP, 1991 Denson edition, the Cooper Book, 2012 Edition [CB], and the Shenandoah Harmony [ShH]). The calls go round the room in this singing.
Present: Solon, Greg, Gwen, Nancy B., Sarah L., Andre, Paul, Anna, Kris, Leon, Liora, Molly, Chris C., Sarah H., Eric, Evan, nbm. New: Jen, Becca (friends of Solon). Listening: Christina.
For whatever reason, we got off to a Shenandoah start and stayed there much of the day, though Terry, Chris, and I made sure the CB had some representation and of course a thread of Denson songs ran through the afternoon. Gwen pitched the Denson songs, I pitched the Shen songs till late in the day, when I asked Chris to take over, and he pitched the Cooper songs, while a number of singers (including Andre, Jordan, and Leon) pitched for themselves. Andre sat with the treble, alto, and tenor over the course of the day, outdoing Gwen and Eric who only sat with two lines each, if I remember correctly. It was a lovely afternoon and I am grateful to everyone who was willing to spend it inside, singing.
Among the songs that really impressed us was ShH 432t, NEW MONMOUTH. What a beauty.
Opener: ShH 264t ANIMATION nbm
ShH 264b MILLBROOK Greg
ShH 112 BETTER DAYS COMING Gwen
ShH 260t CONFLICT Paul
159 WONDROUS LOVE Solon
ShH 22b PSALM 30 Jordan Read the rest of this entry »
Elene Stovall, lively personality and super singer with lots of knowledge from Alabama, will be visiting the Midweek singing at St. John’s this Wednesday, April 15, at 7:00. Celebrate Tax Day by buying Elene a drink with your refund — the stories will be worth it.