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.
Late on this (as on much else). Second Sunday in BK as usual; Wednesday singing October 12 will have to move, location not yet discovered so watch your emails and the NYC singing FB page; Third Sunday at Epiphany as far as I know; Christian Harmony sendoff party on the 22nd courtesy Mary Ellen as regular Menno House meetings will be on hiatus for the holiday months of November and December and Keystone conflict in January. (But look out for a supplementary seven-shape house singing some time in those three months.) Out of town: New York State singing in Ithaca, Oct. 15-16; Sadsbury (PA) Cooper Book singing Saturday Oct. 22.
Okay, First Sunday’s come and gone; I got in about forty minutes after my chorus’ performance in Brooklyn. Second Sunday Brooklyn will be a Valentine’s Day Singing, so I figure an appropriate follow-on will be chocolate fondue and other sweets. Aldo said something a couple of weeks ago about Third Sundays moving to Middle Collegiate for a while, but I believe that’s planned for spring or summer, so expect the UES singing to go forward at Ch. of the Epiphany as usual on Feb. 21. Melissa will be organizing the Christian Harmony session on Saturday before Fourth Sunday, February 27, but I expect some of us (including me) will be at the Catskills All Day Singing in Phoenicia, New York. I had a chance to sing with Chair Julia Reichel at Keystone and was vividly impressed by her spirit and energy.
Meanwhile, mini singing schools continue on Wednesday nights. Feb. 10 will see a mini-All Day to explore convention etiquette and song choice. Should be fun (though will be fun sans moi as I’ll be at a concert).
I searched “harmonium” on the Digital Public Library of America site (dp.la) and all the pictures were of missions in Africa and India, courtesy of a collection at USC. Go figure.
CHRISTIAN HARMONY HOME SINGING
January 30, 2016
Present: Andre, Nancy B., Jamie, Aldo, Jon, Sam, Sabdh, Jasmine, Carol, Chris C. Charles, Melissa, Lindsay, nbm.
These are merely partial notes, maybe 80% of the tunes and 70% of the callers.* I was distracted by cooking and other things. And no notes were taken of the after-lunch (but before-dessert) session with the Daily Primitive Baptist Harmony, copies kindly provided by Sam. Still, it will give an idea of the rep we got through and remind us of songs we enjoyed, or didn’t. If you have anything to add (or correct: I can’t always read my own scrawl), I’d be glad to hear it. Please be reassured that the folks noted as “thinking of” are not dead, just not with us on the day.
The menu was: chicken chili, chickpea-squash Moroccan stew, rice, and broccoli, accompanied by cilantro, scallions, yogurt, and sour cream. We were further honored with contributions of hummus, olives, kimchee, cheese, crackers, and other snacks, and a heroically gorgeous apple pie from Nancy Britton. Thanks, most profoundly, to everyone for coming and making it so much fun. Regular Saturday before Fourth Sunday CH singing returns at Menno House in February (Feb. 27).
* I made up these statistics.
All songs from THE CHRISTIAN HARMONY, 2012 Edition.
313 BRUCE’S ADDRESS Andre
9b CORDS OF LOVE nbm
189 ONE BY ONE Andre
36t LOVELY VINE nbm
432b FISH POND Nancy B
212 CHRISTIAN PROSPECT Jamie
131 WILL YOU MEET ME? nbm
128t HESTER Jon
101 AN ADDRESS FOR YOU ALL Charles
50 CRANBROOK Sam
51 LONSDALE Jon
64 YOUTHFUL BLESSINGS nbm
262 COLLINS Sabdh
346 STAR IN THE EAST Andre
268 COME YE TO THE WATERS Charles (“Ho!” song no. 2)
166 WHAT CAN I DO? Nancy B
168b SUNRISE Andre
170 ON MY WAY Sabdh
180 SINLESS SUMMERLAND (thinking of Mary Ellen)
114 THAT GLORIOUS DAY Chris
330 FULFILMENT Charles
179 TRAVELING ON nbm
111b JUDKINS Jon
176 HEAVENLY TREASURES
492b SUPPLICATION Chris
82 GOSPEL WAVES
42 JOY-BELLS Jasmine
43 THE HEAVENLY THRONG Jon
385 SWEET HEAVEN Andre
171 SESSIONS (thinking of Sarah L.)
355 HOMEWARD BOUND
105T (?) TENDER CARE
65 (?) THE GOLDEN HILL Jon
133 JUNIATA Jon
132 MUSICAL SOCIETY Andre
142 THE SOLID ROCK Jon
208b FRENCH BROAD nbm
365 MOURNER’S LAMENTATION Jasmine
85 MERCY SEAT Jon
223 HALLELUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD
203 CUMBERLAND nbm
Seven-shape devotees, here’s the plan. We’ll start about 2:00 (leaving a little time to take off boots & get a cup of tea), take a brief break around 3:15, sing some more (this might be the time to get out the Daily Books that Sam is promising), have something more serious to eat about 4:30, and sing again till six or till we’ve had enough, whichever comes first. I have six CH loaners (all I felt I could carry from Menno House); bear that in mind when deciding whether to bring your own.
If you want to bring something to share, may I suggest dessert or drinks? I could probably use more beer, right? Kind of on general principles.
My address is 96 Sackett Street #2, which is between Columbia and Van Brunt Streets on the edge of Carroll Gardens. The closest subway is the F to Carroll Street; if you’re at the back of the train (coming from Manhattan or points north) you’ll get out at Smith & President. Turn left; it’s two blocks to Sackett; turn left again and walk west. Call or text if you have questions: 347 423 2701. See ya!
ALERT: We will NOT sing at St. John’s this evening, Wednesday, December 23. A drinking-and-singing gathering at McSorley’s on East Seventh Street will take place instead at 7:00.
So far as I know, we’ll sing every Wednesday night through the month; on Dec. 2 we’ll be at St Peter’s, Chelsea (20th Street between 8th & 9th) instead of St. John’s. I’ll update if there are any changes.
Saturday, Dec. 5, is the Lehigh Valley All-Day Singing, at the UU Church in Bethlehem, PA, with a social at Hunter Hill Farm (and I trust a baby-viewing and -worshipping session). Our First Sunday singing follows on Dec. 6 at Jimmy’s No. 43. Second Sunday in Brooklyn should be vigorous, with the lure of latke party at my house following (what? It’s Hanukkah!). Third Sunday at Ch.of the Epiphany as usual. No Christian Harmony this month, as it falls on the Christmas holiday weekend. Keep your ears and eyes open for house singing opportunities.
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.