One last video from old footage I found. Here’s Wren leading 70b Save Mighty Lord from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp, at the 5th annual Palo Alto All Day Singing, August 26, 2017. Temps were well above 90 in the room, so you’ll hear some fan noise. You’ll also get to hear some of Steve Helwig’s trademark humor (if you didn’t know Steve, he’s the one on the front tenor bench who’s pitching).
This would have been the weekend of the annual Palo Alto All Day singing. We decided to hold a two hour online version yesterday, with two times for socializing in breakout rooms (do we call those recesses? or what?). The best part for me was the chance to talk with singers I haven’t seen for too many months.
Terry M. kept minutes (if you can keep minutes for an online singing). Here they are:
Jeannette Ralston 46; Dan Harper 38b; Marci Cutler 65; Leigh Cooper 189; Ginny Landgraf 378b; Peter Ross 122; Julia Smith 159; Kate Fine 187; Esther ? 214; Constance Bone 261t (CH); Erin Fulton 172; Ann Riley 383; James Solheim 318; Clarissa Fetrow 154; Pat Coghlan 272; Aisha Morgan 495; Marci Cutler 140b (ShH); Jeannette Ralston 264b (ShH); Jenny Solheim 421; Don Fasolaman 77b; Ginny Landgraf 254 (ShH); Melissa Stevenson 179; Sue Lindner 216; Bonnie Stimler 384; Bonnie Stimler 454; ? ? 521; Memorial lesson; Dan Harper 347.
Another video from old previously unedited video footage I found. Here’s Ed leading 278b Traveling Pilgrim from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp, at the 5th annual Palo Alto All Day Singing, August 27, 2016:
I found some old unedited video footage of past Palo Alto All Day singings. Here’s Chris leading 229 Irwinton from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp, at the 5th annual Palo Alto All Day Singing, August 27, 2016:
A good singing, and well attended. I think there were something like 25 total log-ins.
We continued with the usual format: people post their choice of tunes in chat, Lena goes down the list one by one, Leigh uses the web app Mark developed to find an appropriate field recording, and when it’s time to sing Lena mutes everyone so that you only hear the field recording. One or two singers led their own tunes, singing the tenor (melody) line, instead of relying on a field recording.
An interesting feature of this month’s singing is that some people who just discovered Sacred Harp joined the Zoom singing. During the break, I assigned them to breakout rooms with a couple of experienced singers to answer any questions they might have had. These new singers stuck with us for the whole session, but I wonder how it was for them. The rest of us know what it sounds like when you’re in the middle of a live singing; we learned with the support of other singers in our part; but these new singers have none of that. I hope they decide to come back.