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 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.


Plan ahead.

August’s Brooklyn singing (Second Sunday, that’s August 12) will be followed by ice cream social unless weather prevents — that is, if my apartment is not TOO hot. Hot, okay, just not TOO hot. I’ll have some fairly basic flavors and many things to put under, in, and over them. Also wine, cider, beer, probably a specialty drink (there’s something with watermelon juice and elderflower liqueur that sounds intriguing) and Coke. Someone, please drink this Coke.

September’s BK singing (9/9) is the last monthly before the All-Day. Is anyone (particularly new singers) interested in a lesson or discussion session on convention etiquette?

Between these two events falls the always-delightful Maidencreek (Pennsylvania) singing on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend: September 1 this year.  Our All-Day is the Saturday before the third Sunday in September: September 15. It’ll be at First Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Heights, the same location as last year’s.


Schedule changes for April 2018 updated

There won’t be an Upper East Side (Manhattan) singing on the third Sunday of the month because (many of) the New York singers are decamping to New Haven for their always-excellent All-Day Singing. You can too: The 7:02 out of GCT gets there really early, the 8:02 a little late. Or you can go to Providence, RI, on Saturday for their All-Day and meet us in NH on Sunday. Twice the fun!

Also note that the Midweek singing on April 11 will be at Ch. of the Ascension, Fifth Avenue and 11th St., and the location of the April 18 Midweek is not yet known.

UPDATE: The April 25 Midweek will be a house singing at Aldo’s. We are turning over the idea of a Fifth Weekend singing, possibly including the Northern Harmony; stay tuned (so to speak).


Manhattan Singing Changes for March 2018

So the third Sunday Manhattan Singing, more usually known as the Upper East Side singing, will be: held on Saturday instead of Sunday; at Ascension on Eleventh and Fifth rather than at Epiphany; at 2:00 instead of 1:30; and will feature a Beginners’ Singing School (if there are any beginners, at least). But otherwise, just as usual!


NO MIDWEEK SINGING TONIGHT, November 9

Blame Shakespeare, not politics. Second Sunday in Brooklyn is on, though, Nov. 13.