The First Sunday singing at Jimmy’s #43
may be HAS BEEN cancelled for want of participants. Second Sunday Brooklyn will happen on August 9, and I think the way is finally clear for ice cream social following the singing. On August 15, Saturday before Third Sunday, I’ll be at the Central NJ All-Day Singing. It should be a busy day: Denson book in the morning, Shenandoah Harmony in the afternoon, contradance, and social at Rachel and Dean’s. Fourth weekend, who knows? But the Saturday before Labor Day, September 5, is for Maidencreek as usual. And don’t forget NYCADS 2015, Saturday, September 15, at Middle Collegiate Church on Seventh Street and 2nd Avenue.
Brooklyn (Joe Beasley) shapenote singing, Sunday, July 12, 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.
At the announcements, attention was drawn to competing singings the final weekend of July, in Central Pennsylvania and Mid-Coast Maine, both of which will use a mix of books and both of which are basically guaranteed to be great. Terry, recognizing that none of us is likely to get to the Jeremiah Ingalls singing in Vermont, made sure to lead an Ingalls tune (PEMBROKE in the ShH). Next week in New York the Third Sunday slot will be filled by a New Songs singing organized by Aldo, and the following Saturday Mary Ellen will host the seven-shape (Christian Harmony & gospel book) singing at Menno House. We looked ahead (just over two months) to NYCADS, our own All-Day singing, on September 19. We briefly forgot, but Sasha and I both remembered on the street as we lingered, the Central NJ All-Day on August 15, with singing from the Denson Edition and the Shen Harm, a contradance, and a social at Rachel and Dean’s house — bound to be a good time.
Sarah L. had to be with her grandmother, who is ill. I asked her what we should sing on her behalf. She said, “Something major, positive and joyful.” I know she likes ShH 114, YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS, which is certainly major and could be called “positive and joyful” in the somewhat anomalous terms of the tradition, so we did that. “That’s awfully cheerful for ‘we’ll soon be called to die,'” someone said. And Marguerite, whose family business is a marina, asked, “Is there a song about a happy sailor? ‘Cause I couldn’t find it.” “388,” Charles said, “you have to look it up under T for The.” We belted it out for her.
Present: Locals: Colin, Terry, Ann, Paul, Zach, Jon, Charles, Molly, the new Alice, Mary Ellen, Andre, Beth, Marguerite, me. Visiting: Nathan B, from Minn.; Sasha and Bethany, from Penn.; Noam, from Tel Aviv. Brand new: Yaprak. Thanks to all for their generosity. We collected 46 bucks, so I’ll make a $120 contribution for the quarter.
Jon pitched the Cooper book, Nathan the Shenandoah, and I the Denson book, except where singers pitched for themselves.
Opener: 56t COLUMBIANA nbm
42 CLAMANDA Nathan
39t DETROIT Colin
49t OLD HUNDRED Zach
CB 30t ROCHESTER Terry
CB 31t NINETY-THIRD PSALM Andre
ShH 85 THE HARVEST FIELD Bethany
CB 500 SWEET BY & BY Mary Ellen
ShH 23 WESLEY Ann
159 WONDROUS LOVE Noam
CB 39 EDEN OF LOVE nbm
CB 38t SESSIONS Jon
ShH 260t CONFLICT Paul
ShH 197 SIXTY-FIVE SOUTH Nathan
ShH 48 CAPTAIN KIDD Colin
284 GARDEN HYMN Zach
540 NIDRAH Terry
183 GREENWICH Andre
324 NORTH PORT Bethany
CB 501 THAT BEAUTIFUL LAND Mary Ellen
ShH 258 LAMENTATION Ann
268 DAVID’S LAMENTATION Alice
547 GRANVILLE Noam
ShH 114 YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS nbm (for Sarah L.)
CB 497 THE BITTER CUP Jon
CB 422t A SONG OF TEXAS Charles
CB 54t PALMETTO Sasha
Callback: ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN nbm
ShH 105 PETITION Nathan
ShH 226 THORNY DESERT Colin
ShH 133 SHOUTING PILGRIM Charles
118 STOCKWOOD Molly
144 JUBILEE Zach
ShH 127 PEMBROKE Terry
328 PRAISE GOD Sasha
ShH 119b LEGACY Bethany
ShH 287 KITTERY Ann
155 NORTHFIELD Alice
535 SHAWMUT Noam
CB 273 MARTHASVILLE nbm
ShH 248t SINGING PILGRIM Jon
33b ABBEVILLE Nathan
40 LENOX Colin
60 DAY OF WORSHIP Charles
114 SAINT’S DELIGHT Molly
111b TO DIE NO MORE Zach
198 GREEN STREET Terry
55 SISTER’S FAREWELL Andre
129 HEAVENLY ARMOR Bethany
388 HAPPY SAILOR Marguerite
293 AKERS Alice
ShH 404t PARADISE nbm
Closer: 178 AFRICA Noam
Totals: 27 plus 26 for 53 songs, a half dozen more than usual; 27 Denson, 10 Cooper, 16 Shen Harm. I see that I used 56t COLUMBIANA as the opener as in June, and ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN as the callback as in May. In addition there were five Denson duplicates from June (39t, 48t, 111b, 114, 388), but none from May; no Cooper duplicates from June but three from May (54t, 273, 501); and one ShH triplicate from both May and June (147).
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.)