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.

September 2016 NYC singings

Coming up this week, the Brooklyn singing (Sept. 11 at 2, St Paul’s Carroll Gardens) — bring your blue and tan books if you have them, as we sometimes are a loaner or two short. Help me carry the loaners back to my house afterwards and be rewarded by the sangria promised last month but deferred because of the heat (please, please let it be less hot this month!). Of course we need the loaners for —

THE NEW YORK CITY ALL-DAY SINGING on Saturday, September 17. 9:30 to 3:30 at Middle Collegiate Church on East Seventh Street (enter just off Second Avenue). See the NYC Sacred Harp website or the Facebook event for more details. New York singers, please plan to bring something tasty  for Dinner on the Grounds; see what others have planned here.

The monthly Third Sunday Manhattan singing returns from summer hiatus and will be hosted upstairs at the same location on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2:00.


Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, August 14, 2016

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Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 and Cooper 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH), and from other four-shape sources.

We collected $36. It was far too hot to ­­brew and drink tea. It was so hot, in fact, that I wondered if we’d get more than three or four people: we had 19 and a fine-sounding singing, with a particularly excellent bass section including Myles and Ben, mid-travels.

Why isn’t CB 272 MARTHASVILLE set in 6/4? (Presumed answer: Because the composer didn’t want it that fast. But I’d like it that way, swingy.) And on behalf of the trebles, I apologize for missing that SO in ShH 294 (but in our defense, it’s hard!).

Present: Terry, Sam, Myles, Ben S-H, Gary, Chris; Stuart, Solon, Andre, Paul, Molly; Nancy B., Mary Ellen, Sara, Rebecca W.; Jasmine, Alice W., nbm. New: Ellen Resnick.

Lesson    nbm
56t COLUMBIANA    nbm
56b VILLULIA    Jasmine
49t OLD HUNDRED    Paul
36b NINETY FIFTH    Andre
CB 30t ROCHESTER    Terry
ShH 1b ROCKBRIDGE    Sam
569t EMMAUS    Sara
50b HUMILITY    Nancy B
ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN    Mary Ellen
ShH 57 NEW ORLEANS    nbm
354b HAPPY LAND    Alice
31t NINETY-THIRD PSALM    Paul
ShH 431 NORTH PROVIDENCE    Andre
CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN    Molly
CB 408 WEEPING MARY    Terry
ShH 403 HICKS’ FAREWELL    Sam
ShH 124 GONE TO REST    Solon
ShH 260t CONFLICT    Sara
ShH 346t WARREN    Nancy B
CB 486 NO NIGHT ON THAT
GOLDEN SHORE    Mary Ellen
CB 273 MARTHASVILLE    nbm
84 AMSTERDAM    Alice
ShH 7b WINCHESTER    Stuart
CB 312 SING TO ME OF
HEAVEN     Paul
ShH 181 THE GOOD PHYSICIAN    Andre
ShH 22b PSALM 30    Jordan
230 CONVERTING GRACE    Myles  }
38t WINTER    Ben                                } topical!

BREAK

Callback: 82t BOUND FOR
CANAAN    nbm­
385b CAN I LEAVE YOU    Gary
ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST    Sam
ShH 61 WABASH    Terry
ShH 81 THE SHEPHERD’S STAR    Chris
57 CHRISTIAN SOLDIER    Sara
ShH 248b TRIUMPH    Nancy B
CB 515 WHEN THE LORD SHALL
COME FOR ME    Mary Ellen
100 BOWER OF PRAYER    Rebecca
ShH 109 ZION’S WALLS    nbm
128 THE PROMISED LAND    Alice
ShH 404t PARADISE    Stuart
CB 376 HELP ME TO SING    Paul
CB 571 NOT MADE WITH
HANDS    Andre
501 O’LEARY    Molly
400 STRUGGLE ON    Solon
179 CHRISTIAN WARFARE    Jordan
ShH 243 BALM IN GILEAD    Gary
ShH 140b TEN THOUSAND
CHARMS    Terry
ShH 306 BUONAPARTE    Sam
SH 5b BREAKER    Chris
ShH 294 AN ANTHEM FROM
ISAIAH    Myles
ShH 114 YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS     Ben
ShH 18b A SONG OF TEXAS    Sara
ShH 136 PERFECT LOVE    Nancy B
CB 96 MERCY SEAT    Mary Ellen
ShH 158b THE APPLETREE    Rebecca
Closer: 267 PARTING FRIENDS    Myles & Ben

Total songs:  28 + 28 = 56
SH: 20
CB: 10
ShH: 26

Personal favorites: As in previous months, Mary Ellen called RIVER OF JORDAN, Sara called CONFLICT, Terry called ROCHESTER. Other duplicates from July include SH 49, 56b,  and 267; CB 505; and ShH 158b and 124.


Brooklyn shapenote singing, July 2016 — notes

igloo ice creamSinging from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 and Cooper 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH), and from other four-shape sources.

We collected $46.  I had bought Earl Grey and what turned out to be MORE peppermint tea  with last month’s reserved funds, leaving $3 with which I will get some chamomile, unless someone has a different preference.  Thanks to Solon for calling BUNKER HILL and Jordan for BOULDER, with their sadly timely, terrifying texts of “blood and carnage.”

I was delighted to have a nice group back to my place for ice cream and mojitos afterwards, capped off with a lounge and sing on my upstairs neighbor’s roof deck, featuring commercial cranes (yes, they work from time to time), other roofs, and the Statue of Liberty like a rubber toy floating far off on the harbor. Let’s not forget the Miracle of the Mint appearing just when it was needed to make those mojitos possible. Marshmallow Fluff is ridiculously sticky.

Present: Bruce, Solon, Terry, Jordan; Nancy B., Sara, Sarah, Mary Ellen, Rebecca, Julie; Paul, Lynn, Gideon, Gwen, Jacob, Charles; Alice W., Jasmine, me.  New: Jacob’s friends Isaac and Gabriel.

48t DEVOTION    nbm
Lesson    nbm
354b HAPPY LAND    Alice
49t OLD HUNDRED    Paul
56b VILLULIA    Gwen
63 CORONATION    Jacob
37b LIVERPOOL     Solon
CB 30t ROCHESTER    Terry
ShH 260t CONFLICT    Sara
324 NORTH PORT    Rebecca
ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN    Mary Ellen
ShH 7b WINCHESTER    Nancy B.
504 WOOD STREET    Sarah
ShH 77 COLLINS    nbm
367 CONSOLATION    Jasmine
ShH 158b THE APPLETREE    Alice
ShH 264b MILLBROOK    Paul
312b RESTORATION (1st)    Lynn
ShH 226 THORNY DESERT    Gwen
59 HOLY MANNA    Gabriel
131t MESSIAH    Gideon
313t CONCORD    Charles
ShH 373b WEEPING MARY    Jacob
ShH 440 ARINELLO    Isaac
89 CHURCH’S DESOLATION    Jordan

BREAK

Callback: 67 COLUMBUS    nbm­
ShH 106 BUNKER HILL    Solon
CB 581b WELLS SECOND    Terry
ShH 444t YE OBJECTS OF SENSE    Julie
545 THE PILGRIM’S WAY    Sarah
430 ARBACOOCHEE    Rebecca
CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN    Mary Ellen
ShH 124 GONE TO REST    Nancy B.
ShH 10 SOMETHING NEW    nbm
ShH 103 BABE OF BETHELEHEM    Alice
ShH 104t TIME IS WINGING US AWAY    Gideon
267 PARTING FRIENDS    Lynn
CB 411 FINEST FLOWER    Gwen (for Jon, who asked for a CB song)
81t BEACH SPRING    Charles
159 WONDROUS LOVE    Jacob
80b SERVICE OF THE LORD    Isaac
CB 587 NEARER MY GOD TO THEE    Solon
CB 559 WILL YOU MEET ME    Terry
ShH 242 BOULDER    Jordan
CB 116 I WILL SHOUT & SING IN GLORY    Julie
384 PANTING FOR HEAVEN    Sara
106 ECSTASY    Rebecca
CB 515 WHEN THE LORD SHALL COME FOR ME    Mary Ellen
ShH 15 CONVERSE    Nancy B
Closer: ShH 403 HICKS’ FAREWELL nbm

Total songs:  23 + 25 = 48
SH: 22
CB: 8
ShH: 18

Distribution not too dissimilar from last month, just a touch heavier on the ShH and lighter on the CB side.  Some personal favorites reappeared from June (and perhaps months before): Paul called MILLBROOK, Mary Ellen called RIVER OF JORDAN, Lynn called RESTORATION (1st), Sara called CONFLICT, Jacob called WEEPING MARY from the Shen Harm.


Weds singings STAY IN GREENWICH VILLAGE this summer, 2016

There’s an old post that may be confusing people. We’re staying at St. John’s, Christopher Street, through the summer, not moving to St Peter’s, Chelsea (we use that air-conditioned room).


TODAY, JULY 10: July singing and ice cream social

igloo ice cream

if I lived in an igloo*, would that be cool enough for you, Jon?

I may have omitted mention of the actual singing. 2 to 5 pm at St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Clinton & Carroll Streets, Brooklyn. Beware, the southbound F train isn’t stopping at Carroll St., so go past and loop back, or take the 2, 3, or 4 to Borough Hall, or the A or C to Jay St. and walk (or catch the 57 bus along Court St, or the 61 to Columbia St and walk across the highway).

This weekend, in fact, July 10, 2016. I thought we’d have three suggested “sundaes” (of course, mix and match as you like):

AFFOGATO: Over ladyfingers, coffee or vanilla ice cream; coffee; crushed chocolate espresso beans; whipped cream; coffee liqueur

S’MORES: Over graham crackers, vanilla or chocolate ice cream; Marshmallow Fluff; chopped milk chocolate; chocolate sauce. Possibly actual marshmallows, but no open flames, sorry.

TROPICALIA: Over bananas, citrus or berry sorbet; chopped dried pineapple, dried coconut, mango; spiced rum.

Details are subject to change, as the shopping’s not done yet. Please feel free to invite non-singing friends with a fondness for frozen treats to meet us at my place after 5.

*Image from the Los Angeles Public Library: the Igloo Ice Cream Parlor, complete with iceberg and stranded ship; 4302 W. Pico St., 1927.


Brooklyn singing, June 2016 — notes

whirly ride

Summer fun on the Whirly Ride

Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 and Cooper 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH), and from other four-shape sources.

Big turnout this month! Thanks, everyone. We collected $37, of which I added $30 to the gift I delivered to the church that day and reserved $7 to buy new tea, since our tea box has gone missing in the church’s closet cleanout. I was thinking Earl Grey or Irish Breakfast for a black tea, and peppermint or chamomile for herbal; any requests?
Present: Paul, Lynn, Stuart, Patrick, Scott, Nancy B., Leon, Sarah L., Sara L., Molly, Alice W., Alice B., Jacob, Jamie, Jon, Jasmine, Lisa D., Mary Ellen, Chris, Carol, Terry, Brian (visiting), nbm. New: Kevin, Eleanor, Matt (Brian’s friend), Jonathan, Luke

ShH 300t HARMONY GROVE    nbm
ShH 265 MILLBROOK    Paul
312b RESTORATION    Lynn
ShH 161 HARVEST HYMN    Stuart
49t OLD HUNDRED    Molly
ShH 373b WEEPING MARY    Jacob
28b WELLS    Leon
39t DETROIT    Patrick
CB 408 WEEPING MARY    Terry
ShH 260t CONFLICT    Sara L
ShH 13t BOURBON    Nancy
ShH 22b PSALM 30    Sarah L
ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN    Mary Ellen
82t BOUND FOR CANAAN    Alice B
83b DYING MINISTER    Jamie
CB 38t ROAD TO LIFE & DEATH    Jon
“JONAH”    Scott
83t VALE OF SORROW    Lisa
30b PROSPECT    Alice W.
215 NEW TOPIA    Brian

BREAK

Callback: 35 SAINTS BOUND FOR HEAVEN    nbm
31b WEBSTER    Paul
271b RESTORATION (2nd)    Lynn
CB 368t REMEMBER ME    Stuart
339 WHEN I AM GONE    Molly
196 ALABAMA    Jacob
214 REPENTANCE    Leon
142 STRATFIELD    Patrick
CB 585 GOSPEL FEAST    Terry
122 ALL IS WELL    Alice
CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN    Mary Ellen
ShH 398 ELECTION HYMN    Nancy
ShH 309 OVERTON    Jamie
CB 380t NETTIE    Sarah
CB 572 WE WILL SING WITH THE ANGELS THERE    Jon
CB 571 NOT MADE W/HANDS    Scott
ShH 119t LAMENTATION    Lisa
128 PROMISED LAND    Alice
448 (b? GRIEVED SOUL)    Brian with Matt
CB 38b ROAD TO LIFE & DEATH     Lynn
ShH 218t REDEEMING GRACE    Stuart
348t  AINSLIE    Carol
48b DEVOTION    Jacob
ShH 5b BREAKER    Chris
332 SONS OF SORROW    Leon
300 CALVARY    Patrick
CB 583 SAVANNAH    Terry

Total songs:  20 + 27 = 47
SH: 23
CB: 10
ShH: 13
Scott Luscombe brought his own song, JONAH, which I enjoyed singing again.


Brooklyn shapenote singing, May 8, 2016

Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, May 8, 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]).

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Is her hair on fire, or what are those things?

So pleased to have all the books (including our fresh new Densons) on a shelf in the singing room instead of downstairs, through a gate, across the tiny courtyard, through a door, and stacked in the supply closet. (Our tea things will continue to live there, but it’s so much less to carry around.)

It felt like an unusually minor singing, punctuated by gospel-ish Top of the Pops numbers like TRUSTING JESUS, GOSPEL MESSAGE, and ANGEL BAND (and now that I think of it, a lot of C Major too; but scarcely any F Major). And Ezra, our Vermonter, offered us a mini Ingalls-fest. Sarah sang bass throughout: entertaining and instructive for her and all of us. Thanks to Julia Reischel, last month, for the excellent idea to use 425 as a closer.

Jon and I both encountered a surprising hitch in ShH 279, MILES’ LANE, in the treble. For one thing, in starting (and returning to) the La below So below Fa, if you take my meaning, in C Major, it lingers in a grave if not gravelly region for sopranos, at least. For another, where the bottom two parts have exact repeats between the first and second phrases, the treble and alto make tiny changes requiring the treble to sing directly into a discord (A La vs G So). Conceding that just because something is difficult, that doesn’t make it wrong, can someone with a third printing of the Shen Harm just check the errata and make sure there’s no mistake?

Thanks to Nancy B for ginger brownies, Alice W for poppy seed cake, and Sara for coconut cookies. Thanks also to those who made the sacrifice and came back to my apartment to eat potato chips and save me from their perilous lure.

Present:‬
Paul, Nancy B., Solon, Sara, Aldo, Mary Ellen, Sarah L.,  Stina, Jon, Alice W., Chris C., Julie, Ezra, Lynn, nbm.

Opener: ShH 1t DUBLIN nbm
312t SING TO ME OF HEAVEN Aldo
31t NINETY THIRD PSALM Paul
CB 266b LEBANON NEW Nancy
30t LOVE DIVINE Stina
CB 96 MERCY SEAT Mary Ellen
CB 504t PETERBOROUGH nbm
CB 573 TRUSTING JESUS Jon
CB 98 GLORY SHONE AROUND Aldo
ShH 260t CONFLICT Paul
63 CORONATION Solon
ShH 339 BEGONE UNBELIEF Ezra
ShH viii WHEN JESUS WEPT (round) Stina
213t THE GOOD OLD WAY Sara
ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN Mary Ellen
ShH 399 HUMBLE PENITENT Nancy
ShH 364b STONY ISLAND nbm
ShH 279b MILES’ LANE Jon
CB 422t A SONG OF TEXAS Aldo
ShH 204 WAKE UP Paul
ShH 106 BUNKER HILL Solon
ShH 127 PEMBROKE Ezra
ShH 105 PETITION Chris
146 HALLELUJAH Stina
CB 463 ANGEL BAND Mary Ellen
203 FLORIDA Sara
ShH 68 WARD Nancy

RECESS

CALLBACK: CB 380t NETTIE nbm
84 AMSTERDAM Alice
CB 174 GOSPEL MESSAGE Jon
CB 210 MINNESOTA Aldo
ShH 254 PENNSYLVANIA Paul
ShH 77 COLLINS Chris
29t FAIRFIELD Solon
158b THE APPLETREE Ezra
171 EXHORTATION Stina
ShH 22b PSALM 30 Sarah
528 SHOWERS OF BLESSINGS Sara
ShH 34 SOLEMN THOUGHT Nancy
ShH 1b ROCKBRIDGE Julie
155 NORTHFIELD Alice
CB 411 FINEST FLOWER nbm
CB 563 JESUS IS MINE Jon
CB 54t PALMETTO Aldo
ShH 264b MILLBROOK Paul
159 WONDROUS LOVE ***
CB 497 THE BITTER CUP Chris
290 VICTORIA Solon
506 THE ARK Sarah
ShH 48 CAPTAIN KIDD Ezra
82t BOUND FOR CANAAN Stina
ShH 73 EXULTATION Nancy
ShH SUMMER Julie
178 AFRICA Alice

CLOSER: 425 GOLDEN STREETS nbm

STATS: Totals: 27 plus 28 for 55 songs, pretty well distributed across the three books: 19 Denson, 14 Cooper, 22 Shenandoah. There were four Denson duplicates from March (31t, 63, 425, 528): zero from the Cooper Book (again), and four from the Shen Harm (ShH 147, ShH 254, ShH 264b, ShH 364b). MILLBROOK FTW. We collected $31 for the church.