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.

October 2016 singings in New York City

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.


February 2016 singings, rawther late

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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).


Third Sunday update

I forgot, so I’m reminding you as well as myself, that the timing of Third Sunday UES singing has been changed; we meet earlier, at 1:30.

As it happens, I’m going to sing in Lawrenceville, NJ, this Sunday.


New York City shapenote singing schedule, December UPDATED2015

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.


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.


Midweek singing on hiatus Xmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

I hope we all have other ways to celebrate.  The Wednesday night singing will be OFF December 24 and December 31.  We will meet this week, though, Dec. 17, and on Sunday on the Upper East Side.  With Hanukkah starting tonight and the solstice coming up, let me wish everyone light in the season of darkness.


Weekend events, Nov 15 & 16, 2014

Saturday, November 15, Jimmy’s #43 (our First Sunday host) has invited us singers to participate in their Slow Food event, The Art of Whole Hog Butchery, from 2 to 5.  We’ll be fed — dunno if Jimmy’s excellent beer is also thrown in.  Apparently Sacred Harp has previously drawn the attention of Slow Food movement leader Carlo Petrino; Jimmy’s says,  “their colonial era sacred harp singing was a highlight of Carlo’s last visit; he remarked how Jimmy’s No. 43 is a pleasant change from all the NYC bars with TVs).”  (I guess I missed that; does anyone remember?).  And we sing on Sunday as usual on the Upper East Side.  I won’t be able to make either event, but I hope to hear good reports from them both.