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.

Christian Harmony singing Sat. Jan 30

nypl.digitalcollections.a8fddf30-1388-728f-e040-e00a180664b1.001.wSeven-shape devotees, here’s the plan. We’ll start about 2:00 (leaving a little time to take off boots & get a cup of tea), take a brief break around 3:15, sing some more (this might be the time to get out the Daily Books that Sam is promising), have something more serious to eat about 4:30, and sing again till six or till we’ve had enough, whichever comes first. I have six CH loaners (all I felt I could carry from Menno House); bear that in mind when deciding whether to bring your own.

If you want to bring something to share, may I suggest dessert or drinks? I could probably use more beer, right? Kind of on general principles.

My address is 96 Sackett Street #2, which is between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets on the edge of Carroll Gardens. The closest subway is the F to Carroll Street; if you’re at the back of the train (coming from Manhattan or points north) you’ll get out at Smith & President. Turn left; it’s two blocks to Sackett; turn left again and walk west. Call or text if you have questions: 347 423 2701. See ya!


Brooklyn shapenote singing, Jan. 10, 2016 — notes

nypl.digitalcollections.c42b6fbb-2e9e-b3fe-e040-e00a18063113.001.rBrooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, January 10, 2016. 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]).

A warm winter day of morning rain, afternoon sun, and a sudden fierce storm halfway through the singing, after which bright slanting sun seemed as though it should produce rainbows (and, I am told by a friend, did).  Comments and corrections welcome as always. Thanks to everyone who came out to sing. Incidentally, if you want to see previous sets of notes from New York singings, click on the “tunes called” category. (I admit earlier records are spotty: for a while I was recording not only BK, but all NYC singings I attended; then I collapsed and didn’t post any.)

‪Present:‬
Jon, Paul, Terry, Jason, James, Alice W., Nancy B., Jasmine, Gwen, Molly, nbm. Returning: Linnea (the other one; yes, there are two Linneas involved with SH in New York). New or newish: Dawn, Lynn.

Opener: 38t WINTER (“ironic”) Jon
106 ECSTASY nbm
38b WINDHAM Paul
47b IDUMEA Dawn
71 LEANDER Terry
448b THE GRIEVED SOUL Jason
ShH 420t O TURN YE Jon
CB 380t NETTIE nbm
ShH 314b TRANSPORT Paul
ShH 314t TEXAS Terry
ShH 162 ALL IS WELL Jason
ShH 154 VENUS James
ShH 38 ROME Nancy B (“classical theme”)
84 AMSTERDAM Alice, in memory of Ann Henry
85 MORNING TRUMPET Linnea
ShH 174 FAITHFUL SOLDIER nbm
268 DAVID’S LAMENTATION Jasmine
CB 174 GOSPEL MESSAGE Jon
CB 175b STAR IN THE EAST Paul
267 PARTING FRIEND Lynn
272 EXHORTATION James
ShH 242 BOULDER Terry

RECESS

CALLBACK: 176t REGAN nbm
543 THOU ART GOD Jason
CB 578 GOD’S WONDROUS LOVE Nancy (“answer to Gospel Message p 174,” but inferior to it)
CB 54t PALMETTO Gwen
ShH 344t SUFFERING SAVIOR nbm
ShH 105 PETITION Jasmine
CB 478 MARCH ON Jon
ShH 76t DOOMSDAY Paul
159 WONDROUS LOVE Lynn
CB 286b MELODY James
CB 559 WILL YOU MEET ME? Terry
CB 558b I’LL PRAISE MY MASTER Jason
ShH 29 HATFIELD Nancy B
ShH 77 COLLINS Gwen
CB 563 JESUS IS MINE Jon
155 NORTHFIELD Alice
ShH 434t FRENCH BROAD nbm
ShH 145 RIVER OF JORDAN Jasmine
319 RELIGION IS A FORTUNE Molly
ShH 264b MILLBROOK Paul
ShH 36 OUR JOURNEY HOME James
CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN Terry
CB 570 OUR KING ABOVE THE SKY Jason
Closer: ShH 403 HICK’S FAREWELL nbm

STATS & COMMENTS: Totals: 22 plus 24 for 46 songs, fairly evenly distributed: 16 Denson, 12 Cooper, 18 Shenandoah.  There was one Denson duplicate from December, 159 WONDROUS LOVE: three from the Cooper Book (559 WILL YOU MEET ME, 563 JESUS IS MINE, 380t NETTIE), and one from the Shen Harm (264b MILLBROOK). November dupes were 268 DAVID’S LAMENTATION, 155 NORTHFIELD, and 159 WONDROUS LOVE; CB 54t PALMETTO, 286b MELODY, 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN, and 559 again; and and ShH 264b MILLBROOK. CB 559 WILL YOU MEET ME? continues as champion with CB 54t PALMETTO close behind. We collected $26 for the church.


Third Sunday update

I forgot, so I’m reminding you as well as myself, that the timing of Third Sunday UES singing has been changed; we meet earlier, at 1:30.

As it happens, I’m going to sing in Lawrenceville, NJ, this Sunday.


Brooklyn shapenote singing Dec. 13, 2015 – notes

Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday,
December 13, 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]).

In part to take advantage of the Advent and Nativity songs in the Shen Harm, there was an unusually high proportion of songs from the ShH. Also, we yakked a lot and didn’t sing as many songs as usual. Holiday spirits continued after the singing with a latke party and lighting of Hanukkah candles.

‪Present:‬

Jon, Sarah L, Nancy B, Gwen, Alice W, Sam, Stina, Carol, Terry, Charles, Jasmine, Julie B., Marguerite, nbm. New: Karin

(Xmastide songs noted with an asterisk.)

Opener: 34b ST THOMAS nbm
ShH 10 SOMETHING NEW    Gwen
CB 100 BOWER OF PRAYER Jon
ShH 134t  PLEASANT FOREST Nancy B
ShH 40 ROAD’S TOWN Sarah
*ShH 62 RAPTUROUS SCENE nbm
*ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST Gwen
CB 269 NIGHTFALL Jon
CB 210 MINNESOTA Sam
ShH 56 MARYVILLE Nancy
ShH 108 AMAZING GRACE Sarah
*186 SHERBURNE Alice
*ShH 103 BABE OF BETHLEHEM nbm
*ShH 332 BONNIE DOON Gwen
CB 563 JESUS IS MINE Jon
CB 96 MERCY SEAT Charles
CB 573 TRUSTING JESUS Terry
CB 380t NETTIE Carol

RECESS

CALLBACK: ShH 204 WAKE UP nbm
ShH 198 NEWPORT Terry
ShH 290 HARMONY Sam
105 JEWETT Molly
*ShH 262 CHARLESTON Nancy
67 COLUMBUS Stina
*461 SHINING STAR Alice
*ShH 408t BENNINGTON nbm
CB 497 THE BITTER CUP Jon
ShH 264b MILLBROOK (for Mary Stoddy) Gwen
413 THE LOVED ONES (for Mary Stoddy) Carol
159 WONDROUS LOVE Marguerite
CB 322 SOON WE SHALL LAND Charles
CB 496t WE SHALL MEET AGAIN Molly
CB 559 WILL YOU MEET ME? Terry
*ShH 239 VOICE TO THE SHEPHERDS Sam
CB 137 LIBERTY Julie
384 PANTING FOR HEAVEN Stina
*81b COOKHAM Alice
ShH 404t PARADISE nbm
CB 587 NEARER MY GOD TO THEE Jon
ShH 112 BETTER DAYS COMING Gwen
Closer: CB 392 LITTLE PILGRIM Carol

STATS & COMMENTS: Totals: 18 plus 23 for 41 songs. 9 Denson, 14 Cooper, 18 Shenandoah.  There were no Denson duplicates from November, one from the Cooper Book (559 WILL YOU MEET ME), and one from the Shen Harm (56 MARYVILLE). October dupes were 81B COOKHAM and 159 WONDROUS LOVE, CB 559, and ShH 108 AMAZING GRACE,112 BETTER DAYS COMING and 264b MILLBROOK. Apparently WILL YOU MEET ME? is our favorite song.


New York City shapenote singing schedule, December UPDATED2015

ALERT: We will NOT sing at St. John’s this evening, Wednesday, December 23. A drinking-and-singing gathering at McSorley’s on East Seventh Street will take place instead at 7:00.

So far as I know, we’ll sing every Wednesday night through the month; on Dec. 2 we’ll be at St Peter’s, Chelsea (20th Street between 8th & 9th) instead of St. John’s. I’ll update if there are any changes.

Saturday, Dec. 5, is the Lehigh Valley All-Day Singing, at the UU Church in Bethlehem, PA, with a social at Hunter Hill Farm (and I trust a baby-viewing and -worshipping session). Our First Sunday singing follows on Dec. 6 at Jimmy’s No. 43. Second Sunday in Brooklyn should be vigorous, with the lure of latke party at my house following (what? It’s Hanukkah!).  Third Sunday at Ch.of the Epiphany as usual. No Christian Harmony this month, as it falls on the Christmas holiday weekend. Keep your ears and eyes open for house singing opportunities.


Brooklyn shapenote singing, November 8, 2015 — notes

Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, November 8, 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.  I couldn’t be there (busy collecting animal crackers at my dear cousin D’s baby shower), but I hear that a fine time was had. Thanks to Aldo for managing the singing, including all the toting of books up and down stairs. With his help, the take came to $20. Thanks also to Molly for taking the minutes (a kindness I did not expect). Please let me know if any corrections are needed to this (or any other) song list.

‪Present:‬

Aldo Thomas Ceresa, Molly Herron, Nancy Britton, Patrick Paglen, Terry Ryan, Marguerite Koehler, Alice Whealey, *Stephen Dyck, John Dyck, Evan Druce, Jason Steidl, Will Robin, Stina Soderling, Mary Ellen Schrock

*=new singer

39T DETROIT Aldo
268 DAVID’S LAMENTATION Will
38B WINDHAM Patrick
38T WINTER Terry
ShH 104B POWER Nancy
CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN Mary Ellen
ShH 139 HULL Marguerite
313T CONCORD Molly
312T SING TO ME OF HEAVEN Aldo
178 AFRICA Will
479 CHESTER Patrick
CB 30T ROCHESTER Terry
ShH 56 MARYVILLE Nancy
CB 500 SWEET BY & BY Mary Ellen
ShH 175 CHANGING SEASONS Marguerite
155 NORTHFIELD Alice
CB 54t PALMETTO (or b?) Molly
CB 378B EUREKA Aldo
CB 408 WEEPING MARY Will
ShH 195 HUDSON VALLEY Patrick
ShH 161 HARVEST HYMN Terry
CB 594 NATIONAL BLESSINGS Nancy
CB 501 THAT BEAUTIFUL LAND Mary Ellen
ShH 177 COROMANDEL Marguerite
84 AMSTERDAM Alice
114 SAINT’S DELIGHT Molly

RECESS

CALLBACK: CB 98 GLORY SHONE AROUND Aldo
CB 300 CALVARY Will
168 COWPER Patrick
ShH 57 NEW ORLEANS Terry
82T BOUND FOR CANAAN Stina
CB 571 NOT MADE WITH HANDS Mary Ellen
CB 569 HE LEADS ME ALL THE WAY Marguerite
93 FROZEN HEART Molly
162 PLENARY Alice
CB 286(B?) MELODY Aldo
CB 347B IT IS A WONDER IF I AM SAVED Jason
224 SAVE LORD OR WE PERISH Patrick
312B RESTORATION John
CB 559 WILL YOU MEET ME Terry
157 ESSAY Stina
284 GARDEN HYMN Marguerite
285B LAND OF REST Molly
107 RUSSIA Alice
CB 504B NORTH JERSEY Aldo
CB 510 MILLER Jason
142 STRATFIELD Patrick
182 NEWBURGH Terry
481 NOVAKOSKI Stina
480 REDEMPTION Marguerite
183 GREENWICH Alice
CB 511 (t?) BROWN Evan
CLOSER: 323t MULLINS Aldo

STATS & COMMENTS: Totals: 26 plus 27 for 53 songs, a high total. 27 Denson, 18 Cooper, 8 Shenandoah — clearly some Shen fans were absent. Denson duplicates from October include DETROIT, DAVID’S LAMENTATION, NORTHFIELD, AMSTERDAM, CHESTER, and AFRICA. Cooper dupes were 54t PALMETTO (if it was the top piece) and 559 WILL YOU MEET ME. (PALMETTO and AFRICA continue to be top favorites, with AMSTERDAM, ROCHESTER, and a few others close behind.) The lone Shenandoah dupe was 161 HARVEST HYMN.  Going back to September, we see  Denson 157, 268, 155, 178, 82t; Cooper 30t, 559, 54t, 595, 504b, and 286b (if that’s correct), and no Shen dupes.


Brooklyn singing October 11, 2015 — notes

Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, October 11, 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.

We had a few more singers than last month’s small group, including four all-new and one nearly-new singer. (Wow, that sounds like a listing on Ebay, doesn’t it?) I’m hopeful that we’ll see at least a couple of them again. The nearly-new is my Twitter buddy (whom I’d never met), Will Robin, a music writer (follow him at @seatedovation if you are interested).  Basses felt that their part in the CB version of FINEST FLOWER was better than the Shen Harm version (it looks to me like the contrary is true about the alto line — any altos care to comment?). And the altos said that their line in CB 74t INQUIRER was more fun than SH 74t ENQUIRER, which is a great song no matter how you spell it.

Present: Locals: Solon, Sam, Nancy B., Sarah L., Ellen, Alice X., Jasmine, Ann, Darryl, Ezra, Maggie, Gwen, me. Visitors: Leon, Paula.  New: Flannery, Nilou, Lucia, Anna X, Will.  We collected $28, making $65 for the quarter; I’ll make it up to $75 and deliver it to St. Paul’s in the next week or two.

I pitched most of the singing, except where leaders keyed their own; Gwen took over the Denson songs in the second half. Looking back, I seem to have been on a D.H. Mansfield kick. Whereas Ezra was feeling very hymn-y.

Opener:     48t    DEVOTION    nbm
39t    DETROIT        Ann
77t    CHILD OF GRACE    Paul
81b    COOKHAM        Paula
448b    THE GRIEVED SOUL    Solon
ShH 204    WAKE UP    Sam
CB 380b    HUMBLE PLEADINGS    Nancy B
CB 411    THE FINEST FLOWER    Ellen
CB 38t    SESSIONS    nbm
155        NORTHFIELD    Alice
84        AMSTERDAM    Ann
317b        JACKSON    Paul
47b        IDUMEA    Flannery
159        WONDROUS LOVE    Darryl
CB 559    WILL YOU MEET ME?    Gwen
CB 74t    INQUIRER    Paula
89        CHURCH’S DESOLATION    Leon
ShH 1b    ROCKBRIDGE    Solon
ShH 22b    PSALM 30    Sam

BREAK

Callback:  ShH 162    ALL IS WELL    nbm
ShH 285    ETERNITY    Nancy B
300        CALVARY    Paula
479        CHESTER    Alice
504        WOOD STREET    Jasmine
ShH 21    TENDER THOUGHT    nbm
ShH 161    HARVEST HYMN    Ezra
ShH 15    CONVERSE    Ann
59        HOLY MANNA    Paul
45t        NEW BRITAIN    Lucia and Anna (h/t Paula)
ShH 109    ZION’S WALLS    Ellen
268        DAVID’S LAMENTATION    Darryl
ShH 241t    SINNER CAN YOU HATE THE SVR    Gwen
48b        KEDRON    Will
ShH 112    BETTER DAYS COMING    Leon
ShH 326t    WE’VE NO ABIDING CITY HERE    Solon
ShH 254    PENNSYLVANIA    Sam
24b        YOUNG CONVERT    Nancy B
ShH 264b    MILLBROOK    Sarah
172        HARMONY    Paula
178        AFRICA    Alice
ShH 108    AMAZING GRACE    nbm
ShH 389    ANGEL’S HYMN    Ezra
87        SWEET CANAAN    Ann
CB 54t    PALMETTO    Ellen
189        MONTGOMERY    Darryl
ShH 226    THORNY DESERT    Gwen

Closer: 472 AKIN        Paula

STATS & COMMENTS:

Totals: 19 plus 27 for 47 songs; 24 Denson, 6 Cooper, 17 Shen Harm. (With Jon and Mary Ellen both away, the CB was a little underrepresented.) 48t DEVOTION was called as an opener by Nancy B way back in May of last year (but note there’s a eleven-month gap in the records). There were four Denson duplicates from September (NORTHFIELD, WONDROUS LOVE, GRIEVED SOUL, and AFRICA), three Cooper (SESSIONS, PALMETTO, WILL YOU MEET ME);  and no ShH.  Denson duplicates from August were 47b, 84, 178, and 24b; Cooper duplicates from August, 559, 54t; and Shen duplicates from August, 15, 108, and 162, with a near-double of ShH 41/CB 411, [FINEST] FLOWER. Our most insistent tunes over the last several months seem to have been SH 178 and CB 54t.


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