We just got back from the 2013 Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held again this year at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. Singers traveled from five other states, including Washington, Oregon, and Utah; and I saw several singers from southern California. Northern California singers came from Davis and the Central Valley; Healdsburg and Sonoma County; Santa Cruz County; the East Bay; San Francisco; and the Peninsula.
It was a good singing. The room we sing in at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House provides a bright and very loud sound that emphasizes the higher pitches; this room complements the Berkeley/San Francisco singers, who tend to pitch their tunes fairly high, and sing fast and very loud. My personal preference is for a mellower sounding room with more bass response; but it was great fun to sing in the Berkeley/San Francisco style in that room. As a punk rock fan from way back, I couldn’t help thinking that Joey Ramone would have felt right at home with us today.
Lindy asked me do some video recordings; I have have about five hours of video to go through, of mixed quality, and will start processing that and getting it on Youtube (and here) as I have time over the next few weeks. In the mean time, my partner Carol, who will say she comes to all-day singings mostly for dinner-on-the-grounds, took this photo of Janet from Santa Cruz leading: