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 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.

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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


Brooklyn singing, November 11, 2018: notes

Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, November 11, 2018. St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens.

Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 (SH) and Cooper 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH).

Present: Jon, Paul, Elsa, Stefani, Jaime, Myles, Carol, Mary Jane, Sarah, Sara, Melissa, Nancy B., Nathan, nbm. Visiting: Alanna, Stina, Stacey B from Minnesota; new: Chris, Annie. We collected $45.

SH: 9 CB: 13 ShH: 26 TOTAL: 48

CB 30t ROCHESTER nbm
Ch 31b COME YE THAT LOVE THE LORD Paul
SH 47t PRIMROSE Jaime
ShH 86 SONG OF MOSES Myles
ShH 116 EDEN OF LOVE Sara
SH 42 CLAMANDA Alanna
ShH 373 WEEPING MARY Elsa
ShH 22b PSALM 30 Sarah
CB 573 TRUSTING JESUS Jon
SH 147t BOYLSTON Melissa
ShH 71 HICKMAN Nancy
CB 35 AUGUSTA Stina
ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST Nathan
CB 159 WONDROUS LOVE Chris
CB 380t NETTIE nbm
CB 465 TRUSTING Paul
CB 380b HUMBLE PLEADINGS Nancy
CB 539 BIDDING FAREWELL TO LOVED ONES Stina
ShH 424b WALPOLE Nathan
ShH 269 BROAD STREET MINISTRY Jaime
ShH 284 BETHESDA POOL Myles
ShH 2 RHODE ISLAND Sarah
SH 500 LIVING HOPE Alanna
ShH 243 BALM IN GILEAD Elsa
ShH 3b NORTH CAROLINA Stefani

BREAK

Callback: ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN nbm 23
ShH 380 AUTUMN Mary Jane
CB 587 NEARER, MY GOD, TO THEE Jon
ShH 15 CONVERSE Stacey
ShH 429 SYMYADDA Stina
ShH 260t CONFLICT Paul
ShH 113 SWEET HARMONY Carol
SH 58 PISGAH Nathan
ShH 180 GLORY SHONE AROUND Jaime
ShH 175 CHANGING SEASONS Myles
CB 378b EUREKA Sarah
SH 430 ARBACOOCHEE Alanna
CB 133 JOHN 4:14 Elsa
SH 129 HEAVENLY ARMOR Stefani
SH 522 YE HEEDLESS ONES Sara
ShH 452b SOLITUDE Nancy
ShH 183 PARIS Mary Jane
CB 174 GOSPEL MESSAGE Jon
ShH 260b BOWEN Stacey
ShH 41 THE FLOWER nbm
SH 410t DYING CALIFORNIAN Melissa
ShH 53 LISBON Stina
Closer ShH 413b MARCIA Stacey


Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, October 14, 2018 — notes

St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens.
Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 (SH) and Cooper 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH).

Present: Jon, Paul, Elsa, Stefani, Jaime, Myles, Ben S-H, Terry R, Stuart, Colman, Carol, Mary Jane, Sarah, Gwen, Charles, Melissa, nbm. Visiting: Crispin, Mog; new-ish: David. We collected $48.

This was a good-sounding singing with no absolute newbies (we love them, but they do slow down the action sometimes – we sang 10 more songs this month than last). Some duplicates from last month: EDEN OF LOVE from the CB, STAR IN THE EAST, TENDER-HEARTED CHRISTIAN, RHODE ISLAND, TIME IS WINGING US AWAY, REDEEMING GRACE, YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS, and BALM IN GILEAD from the Shen. I liked ShH 411 MISSOURI and need to study ShH 168 NEW DURHAM. Total: 51 songs: SH 8; CB 12; ShH 31.  I’ve checked the key signatures: single most popular was A minor (10), followed by G Major and A Major (7 each); we sang 27 major tunes and 23 minor ones. [THESE CALCS NEED UPDATING to reflect edits — thanks, Charles.] (Also, I looked in Symbols and Character Map [in Word] for a flat sign, in any plausible typeface, and couldn’t find one. There’s a sharp sign but no flat.) Thanks to everyone for singing and to those who came back to my house to share dal and bring beer. I’m thinking apple cider punch for next month?

ShH 3T WALK WITH GOD nbm Am
ShH 17 THE LORD IS GREAT Ben BbM
ShH 89b WORSHIP Myles Am
CB 571 NOT MADE WITH HANDS Paul GM
ShH 104b POWER Jaime Dm

ShH 2 RHODE ISLAND Terry Cm
ShH 373 WEEPING MARY Crispin F♯m
ShH 108 AMAZING GRACE Sarah Bm
ShH 104t TIME IS WINGING US AWAY Elsa GM
ShH 270 TENDER-HEARTED CHRISTIAN Mog Em

ShH 200 ATTENTION Mary Jane Am
CB 540 SHE IS SLEEPING Jon DM
SH 342 OLD FASHIONED BIBLE Colman AM
ShH 128 CROSS FOR YOU & ME Stefani FM
CB 404 HE DIED ON THE CROSS Charles GM

CB 30t ROCHESTER Gwen AM
ShH 411 MISSOURI Stuart Am
CB 524 MY HOME ABOVE Carol Gm
ShH 34 SOLEMN THOUGHT nbm Am
ShH 380 AUTUMN Ben Am

ShH 90 WEDLOCK Myles BbM
ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST Paul Am
ShH 298t LITTLE MARLBOROUGH Stuart Am
ShH 173 JACOB’S WELL Gwen

ShH 248 TRIUMPH Charles

SH 354t LEBANON Carol AM

BREAK

Callback: CB 559 WILL YOU MEET ME nbm AM
ShH 79 HECK Jaime Fm
SH 38t WINTER Terry FM
ShH 114 YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS Crispin AM
SH 272 EXHORTATION David Am

SH 147t BOYLSTON Melissa CM
SH 506 THE ARK Sarah Em
ShH 243 BALM IN GILEAD Elsa Gm
ShH 197 SIXTY-FIVE SOUTH Mog CM
CB 271t SAFETY Stefani CM

ShH 76t DOOMSDAY Mary Jane CM
CB 440t SHADY GROVE Jon FM
CB 39 EDEN OF LOVE nbm GM
CB 106 ECSTASY Carol F♯m
ShH 218t REDEEMING GRACE Colman GM

CB 442t BLOOMING YOUTH Paul CM
ShH 443b DAYTON Stuart FM
ShH 226 THORNY DESERT Gwen GM
ShH 168 NEW DURHAM Charles Bm
SH 122 ALL IS WELL Melissa AM

ShH 374b EPIPHONEMA Jaime Am
CB 314 AMHERST Terry GM
ShH 288t SAVANNAH Ben Bm
ShH 121 HERMON Myles FM
Closer: SH 267 PARTING FRIENDS nbm


Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, September 9, 2018 — notes

Or, as it’s formally known, the Joe Beasley Singing. At St. Paul’s Church, Carroll Gardens.
Singing from The Sacred Harp, Denson 1991 (SH) and Cooper 2012 (CB) Revisions, and from The Shenandoah Harmony (ShH).  Please let me know if I have mis-transcribed your song — several times I had to say, “Wait, she wouldn’t lead that, what number is it really?”  (Once “she” was me.)

Present: Jon, Patrick D., Paul, Elsa, Stefani, Jamie, Colman, Mary Jane, Sarah, Jasmine, Molly, nbm. New: Helen, Jenny, Margaret, Emily; new-ish, Lisa R. We collected $30.

As noted last month, determined not to start with SH 48t this time, so I called 52t as our opener. Some duplicates from last month: TRUSTING, WILEY, PALMETTO, and CLEANSING FOUNTAIN from the CB, MARTYRS, STAR IN THE EAST, and BALM IN GILEAD from the Shen. Less frequently heard (here) songs that I really enjoyed included ShH 218t REDEEMING GRACE and CB 133 JOHN 4:14.

Total: 40 songs: SH 12; CB 10; ShH 18

SH 52t ALBION nbm
SH 34b ST. THOMAS Lisa
LESSON nbm
SH 29t FAIRFIELD Patrick
SH 37b LIVERPOOL Stefani
SH 36b NINETY-FIFTH Colman
CB 511t BROWN Jon
ShH 104t TIME IS WINGING US Elsa
ShH 41 THE FLOWER nbm
ShH 264b MILLBROOK Patrick
ShH 378t SWEET HEAVEN Stefani
SH 159 WONDROUS LOVE Margaret
ShH 2 RHODE ISLAND Molly
ShH 374t MARTYRS Jaime
ShH 330t DAY OF JUDGMENT Colman
CB 39 EDEN OF LOVE Jon
ShH 423 BRIER ISLAND Sarah
ShH 243 BALM IN GILEAD Elsa
SH 186 SHERBURNE Emily
CB 380t NETTIE nbm
ShH 218t REDEEMING GRACE Patrick

BREAK

Callback: CB 54t PALMETTO nbm
CB 465 TRUSTING Paul
ShH 15 CONVERSE Molly
SH 70t GAINESVILLE Jaime
SH 481 NOVAKOSKI Jon
SH 146 HALLELUJAH Stefani
CB 133 JOHN 4:14 Elsa
SH 33t WEEPING SAVIOR Sarah
SH 80t SHOUTING SONG Mary Jane
ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST Jasmine
ShH 364b STONY ISLAND nbm
ShH 260t CONFLICT Patrick
CB 572 WE WILL SING W/THE ANGELS Paul
ShH 413 MARCIA Molly
ShH 270 TENDER-HEARTED CHRISTIAN Jaime
CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN Colman
?CB 320 THE LOST CITY Jon
CB 514 WILEY Stefani
ShH 429 SYMYADDA Elsa
ShH 114 YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS Sarah


Brooklyn singing 9/9/18 and NYCADS ’18 9/15/18

We sing tomorrow at St. Paul’s Carroll Gardens from the tricolore of books, red, blue, and straw.  Please note that the 4 train, the East Side IRT, will NOT be running into Brooklyn, while the A will be taking the F tracks between West 4th and Jay Street and the G running only on its southern section between Bedford-Nostrand and Church Avenue. In place of the 4, take the 2 or 3 to Borough Hall. The F and G both stop as usual at Carroll St.

A couple of special things: I’ll be there at 1:30 to answer newbies’ (or any) questions in preparation for the All-Day. If any experienced singers want to join me, you are welcome — I don’t know if we will have any takers, though. Regular singing starts at 2:00 as usual.

Also: At the end of the singing I’m going to ask for volunteers planning to attend next weekend’s All-Day Singing to carry three or four loaners to the All-Day, recover them, and bring them back to Brooklyn (or to a Wednesday singing where I can pick them up from you). Tote bags will be provided, and thanks in advance for the assistance. After that, apples and honey at my house, and the possibility of a walk down to Red Hook for Pioneer Workshops and Tanker Time on the Mary Whalen. 

And of course, plan to attend the All-Day Singing next Saturday, September 15, at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, at 124 Henry Street just south of Clark Street.

See you tomorrow, I hope.


September scheduling, also last of August 2018

This week’s Wednesday singing (that’s August 29) will be at Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue instead of St. John’s on Christopher Street. There won’t be a First Weekend singing because between the singers who are going to the Maidencreek Singing and those who are simply away for Labor Day weekend, there’s not really a customer base.

Second Sunday in Brooklyn as usual; should we do something special in preparation for:

NEW YORK CITY ALL-DAY SINGING 2018 on Saturday, September 15, at First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn Heights? Plan your Dinner on the Grounds contribution now.

Third Sunday immediately after the All-Day will take the form of a Christian Harmony singing, also at First Presbyterian.

Und so weiter.