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.

Brooklyn singing, April 12, 2015 — minutes

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
Lesson            Gwen
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 »

Midweek singing receives an injection of Alabama soul, April 15

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.

Third Sunday singing translated to New Haven April 19, 2015

Since so many of the New York singers will be hopping trains, autos, and (for all I know) Vespas to New Haven for the third (I think) New Haven All Day Singing on Sunday, April 19, the Third Sunday Upper East Side singing will not be held.  The 7:04 from Grand Central arrives in New Haven at 9:07, providing time for a leisurely walk to campus, offers of assistance in setting up the room, and/or a fresh cup of coffee before the singing starts at 10:00. The party car has not yet been assigned.  If you prefer to sleep in another hour, the 8:04 train will still allow you to get to the singing by about the first break.

Second Sunday Brooklyn singing hopes for mellow breezes

We’re on for BK Sacred Harp this Sunday, April 12, 2015, at 2:00, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Carroll Street off Clinton, and my house for drinks and snacks afterward.  Hope to see you.  Do bring your books, especially your Cooper Book, if you have them, as we have been running low on loaners.  New books on order shortly, I promise. If you like your details filtered through Facebook, here you go.


Aldo has let us know that the East Village singing is cancelled for tomorrow, Sunday, April 5. It appears that Jimmy’s No. 43 has not yet been able to reopen.

Not a joke.

Midweek singing on April 1, 2015, will start at 7:30 rather than 7:00.

Also, and really not a joke, our First Sunday location, Jimmy’s No. 43, has been closed since the fire and building collapse on Second Avenue between St. Mark’s Place and 7th Street.  Their place wasn’t damaged, but the block is closed off. We, and they of course, hope they’ll be able to reopen by the weekend.

Failing to keep up.

I’ve managed to miss updating the calendar here for the First AND Second Sunday singings in March.  At least one person was misled, for which I am very sorry.  We will meet for Third Sunday singing on the Upper East Side on March 15; at least, I have no reason to think we won’t, though the announcement hasn’t gone out, and I should be able to be there for once.

We had a pretty good time this past Sunday at Brooklyn singing.  As I mentioned at the FB event, we had 28 singers, including visitors from Portland (OR) and California, and sang 44 songs (22 from the Red Book, 15 from the Shen Harm, and seven from the Cooper Book). I also did a brief lesson for a first-time singer.


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