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, 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

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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.


Brooklyn shapenote singing, Aug. 12, 2018 — notes

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Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, August 12, 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: Myles, Sam, John, Terry R., Gary, Stefani, Elsa, Nancy B., Sarah L., Molly, Nathan, Patrick, Carol, Jon, Alice W., Lisa B., nbm. New: Chris (friend of Myles’s), Ariana M., Daniel M., Tolo B., Louis B., Matthew; visiting: Hal K. We collected $48. And twelve, well thirteen including Alice’s daughter, of us had a very jolly ice cream social afterwards. Thanks to everyone for your contributions.

The first two songs this month were exactly the same as last month, and last month’s fourth song is this month’s third, all called by the same people. Cliché, or good model? In any case I promise to change it up next month. What about SH 188, is that a good opener? 44 songs: SH 10; CB 12; ShH 22

SH 48t DEVOTION nbm
SH 49t OLD HUNDRED Paul
CB 30t ROCHESTER Terry
SH 178 AFRICA Tolo
ShH 104t TIME IS WINGING US AWAY Elsa
ShH 12b STROUDWATER Stefani
ShH 3t WALK WITH GOD Nancy B
ShH 158b THE APPLETREE Alice
ShH 226 THORNY DESERT Patrick
SH 150 AMITY Hal
SH 349 A CROSS FOR ME Sarah
CB 465b TRUSTING Jon
ShH 374t MARTYRS Molly
ShH 422 WE’LL GO ON Myles
ShH 381 ABENAKI Sam
ShH 120b KERSHAW Gary
CB 464 HOCUTT Carol
SH 274b ROLL JORDAN nbm
SH 122 ALL IS WELL Daniel
ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST Paul
ShH 260t CONFLICT Molly
CB 514 WILEY Carol
SH 300 CALVARY Nathan

BREAK

Callback: ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN nbm
ShH 140b TEN THOUSAND CHARMS Terry
CB 463 ANGEL BAND John
CB 522 SHADES OF NIGHT Hal
ShH 186 WORLDS BEYOND THE SKY Myles
CB 552 AND LIVE THROUGH ENDLESS DAY Sam
ShH 288b MISSISSIPPI Gary
SH 475 A THANKFUL HEART Sarah
ShH 243 BALM IN GILEAD Elsa
CB 96 MERCY SEAT Stefani
ShH 273 CHOCKSET Nancy
CB 174 GOSPEL MESSAGE Jon, for Mary Ellen
SH 344 RAINBOW Ariana
CB 54t PALMETTO Alice
ShH 242 BOULDER Patrick
ShH 28t HEAVENLY DOVE nbm
CB 571 NOT MADE WITH HANDS Paul
CB 505 CLEANSING FOUNTAIN Carol
ShH 152 ROYAL PROCLAMATION Molly
ShH 254 PENNSYLVANIA Terry
Closer: ShH 404t PARADISE Hal


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.


Brooklyn shapenote singing, July 2018 — notes

 
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Brooklyn Shapenote Singing, July 8, 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: Paul, Myles, Ben S-H, Colman, Stefani, Terry R., Molly, Becca, Nathan, Gwen, Claire, Jasmine, Alice W., Mary Jane, nbm. New: Lisa B.; visiting: Andrew Priskos. We collected $20.

SH 48t DEVOTION nbm
SH 49t OLD HUNDRED Paul
ShH 147 RIVER OF JORDAN Gwen, in memory of Mary Ellen
CB 30t ROCHESTER Terry
CB 54t PALMETTO Stefani
SH 30b PROSPECT Jasmine
ShH 330t DAY OF JUDGMENT Colman
SH 129 HEAVENLY ARMOR Becca
CB 39 EDEN OF LOVE Gwen
Lesson and SH 155 NORTHFIELD nbm
CB 425b GOLDEN STREETS Paul
ShH 374t MARTYRS Molly
ShH 375 FRIENDSHIP Andrew
SH 186 SHERBURNE Colman
SH 344 RAINBOW Terry
SH 313t CONCORD Becca
ShH 221b FRIENDSHIP Stefani
CB 451b ROCK OF AGES Alice

BREAK

Callback: CB 559 WILL YOU MEET ME? nbm
CB 518 LOVE AT HOME Jasmine
ShH 390 OHIO Alice
CB 404 HE DIED ON THE CROSS Gwen
SH 478 FRIENDSHIP nbm
ShH 76b MOUNT WATSON Ben
ShH 132 STAR IN THE EAST Paul
ShH 22b PSALM 30 Nathan
ShH 270 TENDER HEARTED CHRISTIAN Colman
ShH 260t CONFLICT Terry
ShH 78 STAFFORD Myles
SH 354 LEBANON Stefani
ShH DESPAIR Claire
ShH 76t DOOMSDAY Mary Jane
CB 96 MERCY SEAT Alice
ShH 130 ABSENT LOVE nbn
ShH 429 SYMYADDA Ben
CB 571 NOT MADE WITH HANDS Paul

SH 86 POLAND Nathan
SH 56b VILLULIA Colman
SH 486 BENEFICENCE Terry
ShH 2 RHODE ISLAND Myles
Closer: SH 108b THE TRAVELER Stefani and Andrew

Total songs: 41
SH: 14
CB: 10
ShH: 17