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.

Stacy B leads at April’s Brooklyn singing

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Cooper Book 567, CHILD OF THINE

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Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, April 14, 2019 — notes

St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens. Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 (SH) and Cooper 2012 (CB) Editions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH). (Or Sharmony, its new Brooklyn moniker, granted by Kim.)

Another good-sounding singing, with a certain amount of attention to the day’s leafy theme. We were favored with visits from Stacey B and Deidra M. No one wanted to take on management* of the singing, so I did that as usual, while Jaime offered the brief lesson and Patrick and Jaime joined me in pitching (where needed; quite a few folks pitched for themselves). Thanks to Nancy and Sarah for delicious snacks.

* The offer stays open for anyone to be the coordinator in future months; a checklist is below on this site and I’ll mention it in the May announcement.

Present: Ben S-H, Myles, Sarah, Nancy B., Stefani, Elsa, Patrick, Jaime, Paul, Jon, Carol, nbm. Returning: Artemis. Visiting: Stacey B., Deidra M., Kim Dakan, Jacob. New: Geoff Kurtz, Kim’s friend Elizabeth.

Collected: $36.

SH: 8 CB: 17 ShH: 24 TOTAL: 49

SH 37b LIVERPOOL nbm
ShH 12b STROUDWATER Ben
ShH 15 CONVERSE Deidra
LESSON Jaime
ShH 113 SWEET HARMONY Kim
ShH 260t CONFLICT Patrick
CB 54t PALMETTO Carol
ShH 264t ANIMATION Myles
ShH 226 THORNY DESERT Jaime
ShH 108 AMAZING GRACE Sarah
SH 390 NEW PROSPECT Stefani
ShH 120b KERSHAW Nancy
ShH 243 BALM IN GILEAD Elsa
SH 101t CANAAN’S LAND Stacey
CB 511t BROWN Jon
CB 380t NETTIE nbm
ShH 246t PALMS OF VICTORY Ben
ShH 114 YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS Deidra
ShH 326b THE GOOD OLD WAY Paul
CB 357 GOD’S ETERNAL Carol
ShH 210 AMANDA Kim
ShH 105 PETITION Patrick
ShH 284 BETHESDA POOL Myles
ShH 96t SUMMER Jaime

Break

SH 92 BURK Jaime
CB 514 WILEY Stefani
CB 74b SOLID COMFORT Nancy
CB 133 JOHN 4:14 Elso
CB 567 CHILD OF THINE Stacey
CB 373 WEEPING PETER Jon
ShH 431 NORTH PROVIDENCE nbm
SH 100 BOWER OF PRAYER Patrick
SH 383 ETERNAL DAY Ben
SH 353 MCGRAW Deidra
SH 134 THE CHRISTIAN’S HOPE Paul
CB 524 MY HOME ABOVE Carol
ShH 17 THE LORD IS GREAT Myles
ShH 270 TENDER-HEARTED CHRISTIAN Jaime
CB 336t HESTER Stefani
CB 243b TO THEE I CALL Nancy
CB 30t ROCHESTER Stacey
CB 515 WHEN THE LORD SHALL COME FOR ME Jon
ShH 422 WE’LL GO ON nbm
ShH 404t PARADISE Patrick
ShH 70t IMANDRA Ben
ShH 145 ETHERIDGE Deidra
CB 571 NOT MADE WITH HANDS Paul
CB 38t SESSIONS Carol
Closers: ShH 136 PERFECT LOVE Stacey
CB 581 WELLS SECOND Deidra

 


Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, March 10, 2019 — notes

At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens.

What a good-sounding singing. At the suggestion of Myles and Ben, we opened up time for new songs: there were eight, and each one was greatly worth singing (listed below, of course). We’ll do this again, and I hope more people will bring songs, their own or others’. Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 (SH) and CB 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH).  As always, let me know if I’ve made a mistake in transcription. 

Present: Ben S-H, Myles, Sarah, Nancy B., Stefani, Ezra, Mary Jane, Jasmine, Patrick, Lynn, Jaime, Brandon, Colman. Visiting: Steven Burt, Alice W. New: Emma, Lucy, Connie and her daughter Sarah. We collected $67, the most ever. I’ll make our quarterly contribution at April’s singing. 

CB 30t ROCHESTER nbm
ShH 9b NORTH CAROLINA Ben
CB 81 JESUS IS WILLING Lynn
ShH 22b PSALM 30 Patrick
ShH 105 PETITION Brandon
ShH 63 COLDWATER Myles
CB 495 A NEARNESS TO MY GOD Nancy B
CB 188 SPRING Ezra
ShH 146 SAMANTHRA Mary Jane
ShH 404t PARADISE Jasmine
ShH 305 THO DARK BE MY WAY nbm
ShH 114 YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS Ben
SH 168 COWPER Lynn
SH 229 IRWINTON Patrick
SH 162 PLENARY Brandon
SH 460 SARDIS Jaime
SH 426b JASPER Stefani
ShH 178 EFFORT Nancy
ShH 381b ABENAKI Ezra
ShH 418b LEICESTER Mary Jane
ShH 380 AUTUMN Jasmine
ShH 390 OHIO Alice W

Break

New Songs Lesson – leaders Myles, Ben, and nbm
SIMENA, Myles Louis Dakan
HAVANA, Ben Sachs-Hamilton
WILDING, Becky Wright
MORTAL FRAME, Evelyn Saylor & Marco Wessnigk
JOY ROAD, Leah Velleman
GREENLAND, Ben Sachs-Hamilton
STRIVER’S ROW, Ben Sachs-Hamilton
BALM IN GILEAD, Becky Wright (arr.)

CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN nbm
SH 397 THE FOUNTAIN Patrick
CB 83b THE WEARY SOULS Lynn
ShH 269 BROAD STREET MINISTRY Jaime
ShH 339 BEGONE UNBELIEF Myles
SH 384 PANTING FOR HEAVEN Colman
CB 133 JOHN 4:14 Stefani
ShH 175 CHANGING SEASONS Nancy B
ShH 258 LAMENTATION Ezra
ShH 25 DAMASCUS Jaime
CB 54t PALMETTO Alice W


Brooklyn Singing Checklist

IMG_20181209_145507Please let me know if you think anything is wrong or missing. Once it’s settled, I can print a copy or two for the file.

Brooklyn Shapenote Singing checklist

Unlock the downstairs door by 2:00 [it is sometimes open]. Use the key marked H or P (different in diff. key sets) on the top lock.

Organize setup:
Move the table
Make the square
Find a folding chair or two (might need to look downstairs)
Set out the books
Find, fill, and plug in the hot water kettle
Get the white box with tea equipment out
Put up a sign on the gate and/or the door (optional but nice; there’s tape in the box)

Open the singing:
Greet newcomers and note that the call goes around the room, bathroom downstairs
If needed, give a quick introductory lesson
— It’s advisable to wait till a few songs in
— Maybe offer the teaching opportunity to another singer

Pitch or recruit pitchers, or both – we often divide up the job by book
Keep track of time (break will fall about 3:30)
Call the break, ask for donations, and have announcements
Lead a callback or ask someone else to do so
Announce nearly closing, ask for cleanup help and pick a closer-picker

Oversee resetting the room:
Table back to the center
Unplug & empty the teakettle
Books and white box back on the shelves
Count the money and hold for me (or slip under Fr. Wallace’s office door with a note)
Take out the trash; need to open the gate into the church sideyard (key marked G-D)
Take down the sign
Lights out

LOCK UP the entry door after the last singer is out of the building.

 

 


Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, February 10, 2019

St Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens.

Massive thanks to Myles for taking the minutes, to Jon for overseeing opening and locking up, and to Myles and Ben for hosting at their sweet new place in Park Slope afterwards. Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 (SH) and CB 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH).  March singing (3/10) will feature NEW SONGS in the second half: please bring 15 or so copies, you need not be the composer (but be sure the composer won’t mind), we’ll sing as many as we have time for.

Present: Ben S-H, Myles, Sam, Paul, Nancy B., Elsa, Sarah, Stefani, Jon, Jaime, Patrick, Mary Jane, Nathan, Carol, Kim.

Collected $54 – thanks for your generosity.

SH: 2 CB: 11 ShH: 39 TOTAL: 52

Ben ShH 12b STROUDWATER
Paul ShH 403b HICKS’ FAREWELL
Myles ShH 414t CONDESCENSION
Nancy B ShH 9b ISLE OF WIGHT
Elsa ShH 104t TIME IS WINGING US AWAY
Sarah ShH 204 WAKE UP
Stefani ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN
Jon ShH 81 THE SHEPHERD’S STAR
Kim D ShH 125 ISLINGTON
Jaime ShH 133 SHOUTING PILGRIM
Patrick ShH 320 WELLINGTON
Ben ShH 321t POOR PILGRIM
Paul ShH 326b THE GOOD OLD WAY
Jaime SH 203 FLORIDA
Myles ShH 249 SPRING VALLEY
Sam ShH 1b ROCKBRIDGE
Elsa CB 133 JOHN 4:14
Sarah CB 38t SESSIONS
Nancy CB 444b THE TEACHER’S FAREWELL
Mary Jane ShH 035 THE ROSE TREE
Stefani CB 155 HOW LONG, DEAR SAVIOUR
Jon CB 440t SHADY GROVE (≈ NORTHFIELD)
Kim ShH 210 AMANDA
Patrick ShH 404t PARADISE
Carol CB 536 THY LOVE (≈ NORTH SALEM)
Ben ShH 263 SUDBURY
Paul ShH 264b MILLBROOK
Nathan ShH 194 DESPAIR

Break

Jon ShH 305 THO’ DARK BE MY WAY
Jaime ShH 280 PSALM 89
Myles ShH 70b MARCUS HOOK
Sam ShH 152 THE ROYAL PROCLAMATION
Elsa ShH 243 BALM IN GILEAD
Sarah ShH 226 THORNY DESERT
Nancy ShH 95 BOUNDLESS LOVE
Mary Jane ShH 220 MORNING STAR
Jon CB 542 THE JUDGMENT DAY
Nathan ShH 114 YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS
Patrick ShH 105 PETITION
Carol CB 559 WILL YOU MEET ME
Ben ShH 374b EPIPHONEMA
Paul CB 518 LOVE AT HOME
Jaime ShH 15 CONVERSE
Myles ShH 70t IMANDRA
Sam ShH 348b BIRMINGHAM
Elsa ShH 429 SYMYADDA
Nancy ShH 354b MONTAGUE
Mary Jane ShH 418b LEICESTER
Jon CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN
Nathan ShH 184 SINAI
Carol CB 54t PALMETTO
Stefani SH 354t LEBANON


Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, December 9, 2018.

At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens.

A COUPLE OF NOTES on upcoming Brooklyn singings: Second Sunday of February, Feb. 10, I can’t be there but Jon has keys to the church and all will go as it usually does, except you’ll have to take yourselves out for drinks. Try someplace new and tell me what you think, or there’s the Armadillo bar a few blocks south on Court Street that we’ve used before.

And in March, at Myles’s suggestion, we will open up the second half of the singing to new songs. Bring your own, bring someone else’s new piece, and we can enjoy some of the contemporary efflorescence of composatorial energy. If you have questions, talk to Myles; and I’ll remind everyone next month, of course.

Back to 2018. Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 (SH) and Cooper 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH). Remind me to lead ShH 248b one of these days, nice song. Followed by Fasolatkefest #3 or 4? Thanks, everyone, for coming over and having a good time.

Present: Paul, Stefani, Nancy B., Elsa, Sara, Sarah, Patrick D., Jaime, Ben S-H, Myles, Kevin B, Carol, Gwen, Charles, Colman, Ben D., Nathan, Molly, Mary Jane, Jon, Annie, nbm. Visiting: Ellen from Germany, Chris from New Haven. New: Kate, Helen.

We collected $48, I think.

SH: 13   CB: 10  ShH: 22 TOTAL: 45

ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST nbm
CB 78 CALVARY Jon
CB 156 SAN DIEGO Nancy
Brief lesson nbm
CB 572 WE WILL SING W/ANGELS. . . Paul
ShH 67 GREENFIELD Charles
ShH 152 THE ROYAL PROCLAMATION Gwen
SH 335 RETURN AGAIN Colman
ShH 404t PARADISE Patrick
ShH 422 WE’LL GO ON Myles
SH 126 BABEL’S STREAMS Chris
SH 273 MILFORD Jaime
SH 495 THE MIDNIGHT CRY Ben
ShH 248b TRIUMPH Ellen
ShH 15 CONVERSE Sara
ShH 373 WEEPING MARY Elsa
CB 450 LEANING ON JESUS’ BREAST Stefani
SH 61 SWEET RIVERS Sarah
ShH 184 SINAI Nathan
ShH 300b LIVONIA Gwen
CB 86 GUIDING SPIRIT Jon
ShH 226 THORNY DESERT Patrick
SH 134 THE CHRISTIAN’S HOPE Paul
ShH 236t WANTAGE Molly

BREAK

Callback: CB 559 WILL YOU MEET ME nbm
ShH 418b LEICESTER Mary Jane
CB 174 GOSPEL MESSAGE Gwen
ShH 408b SHEPHERDS ARISE Charles
SH 342 THE OLD-FASHIONED BIBLE Colman
ShH 133 SHOUTING PILGRIM Myles
SH 181 EXIT Chris
ShH 370 COWLING Jaime
ShH 457 REDEMPTION Ben S-H
ShH 70t IMANDRA Ellen
CB 378b EUREKA Sara
CB 133 JOHN 4:14 Elsa
ShH 381b ABENAKI Sarah
SH 187 PROTECTION (1st) Stefani
ShH 262 CHARLSTON Nancy
ShH 220 MORNING STAR Mary Jane
SH 148 JEFFERSON Nathan
ShH 103 BABE OF BETHLEHEM nbm
CB 465 TRUSTING Jon
SH 569b* SACRED THRONE Kevin
SH 564 ZION Carol
Closer: SH 186 SHERBURNE Ellen

*Obviously not what Kevin led, but quite clearly what I wrote. I wonder what it actually was. 69b FAREWELL TO ALL? — Most likely not 596 but 569b, as updated.


Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, JANUARY 13, 2019.

At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens.

(Yes, I’m skipping ahead to January, hope to loop back & pick up December one of these days.) Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 (SH) and Cooper 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH).

Don’t want to speak for others, but leaders threw me a couple of screwballs this week that I need to look over, like Mary Jane’s choice ShH 418b and Douglas’s ShH 165, and CB 589 GOSIA, selected by Nancy B in honor of Steve Helwig, a lovely song which could use a second verse just so we have a second chance to work out its tricks. Lynn, I cannot reconstruct what I started to write for your final call; sorry.  Also, Patrick says we have to say “He-LEEN-a” in BUONAPARTE, ShH 306. I delivered our periodic donation to the church. 

Present: Paul, Lynn, Patrick D., Annie, Douglas, Molly, Jaime (alone on bass), Nancy B., Elsa, Stefani, Sarah, Mary Jane, Jon, Jasmine, nbm.

SH: 11   CB: 18  ShH: 19  TOTAL: 48

 We collected $42.

CB 30t ROCHESTER nbm
CB 196 ALABAMA Lynn
CB 572 WE WILL SING W/THE ANGELS Paul
ShH 260b BOWEN Patrick
ShH 22b PSALM 30 Jaime
ShH 373 WEEPING MARY Elsa
CB 589 GOSIA Nancy B
CB 56 SALEM Jon
CB 39 EDEN OF LOVE nbm
CB 587b NEARER MY GOD TO THEE Patrick
ShH 220 MORNING STAR Lynn
ShH 403 HICKS’ FAREWELL Paul
CB 96 MERCY SEAT Molly
ShH 165 MY BRETHREN ALL Douglas
SH 47t PRIMROSE Jaime
SH 504 WOOD STREET Sarah
CB 133 JOHN 4:14 Elsa
SH 539b SUPPLICATION Stefani
ShH 129b FRETA Nancy B
ShH 418b LEICESTER Mary Jane
CB 116 I WILL SHOUT & SING IN GLORY Jon
ShH 270 TENDER-HEARTED CHRISTIAN nbm
SH 472 AKIN Jasmine

BREAK

Callback: SH 65 SWEET PROSPECT nbm
SH 547 GRANVILLE Annie
ShH 306 BUONAPARTE Patrick
ShH 36 OUR JOURNEY HOME Lynn
ShH 326b THE GOOD OLD WAY Paul
CB 111t JOURNEY HOME Douglas
ShH 15 CONVERSE Jaime
SH 376 HELP ME TO SING Elsa
SH 377 ETERNAL PRAISE Sarah
ShH 326t WE’VE NO ABIDING CITY HERE Nancy B
SH 404 YOUTH WILL SOON BE GONE Stefani
ShH 183 PARIS Mary Jane
CB 532 O JESUS, EVER WITH US STAY Jon
CB 35 AUGUSTA nbm
CB 89 THE CHURCH’S DESOLATION Jasmine
ShH 363 CONSTRAINED BY LOVE Patrick
ShH [illegible] Lynn
CB 571 NOT MADE WITH HANDS Paul
CB 34 GONE TO A BETTER WORLD Douglas
SH 323t MULLINS Jaime
SH 505 WHERE CEASELESS AGES ROLL Sarah
ShH 404t PARADISE Elsa
CB 54T PALMETTO Stefani
ShH 5b BREAKER Nancy
CB 530 GOD’S UNCHANGING HAND Jon