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Online singing

BASH Zoom singing

We had the inaugural Zoom singing for Bay Area Sacred Harp this evening. Lena Strayhorn was the gracious host, and she followed Clarissa’s lead from the Seattle Zoom singing by asking people to say a little something about the tunes they chose.

Leigh did the screen sharing, and she came up with a couple of innovations that I liked. First, she shared audio only, so that while the recordings were being played you could still see all the other singers (though of course they were muted); it was nice to be able to see everyone else while we were singing to ourselves. Second, her husband Mark developed a Web app that allowed her to find recordings of the tunes online very quickly, which made everything run more smoothly.

I also enjoyed the people who chose to sing their own tunes. Of special note: the Kostka family had all four parts in their family, and led us in Rainbow; it was great fun to hear them singing for us live.

We had over 20 people on the call, so at the last moment I introduced another innovation: during our 15 minute socializing break, I randomly assigned people to breakout rooms with half a dozen others for about 10 minutes. That way, we could have actual conversations; otherwise, with 20+ people on a Zoom call, it would have been pretty chaotic.

I’m already looking forward to next month’s BASH singing.

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Online singing

Seattle Zoom singing

Clarissa let me know about the Seattle Zoom singing, and for once I didn’t have an evening meeting for my job, so I decided to attend.

I was somewhat doubtful about the Zoom singings that people have been doing: get on a Zoom call, share a recording of a Sacred Harp tune, and sing along while you and everyone else is muted — where’s the fun in that? But it really was a lot of fun. First of all, you get to see people that you’ve met at past singings. Then too you get to see singers that you’ve never met before. And it was surprisingly satisfying singing along with a recording.

I was interested in how this singing was organized. Clarissa was the host, and she asked people to put their song choices in chat. Then Gillian found videos of the tunes that people chose, and sent those links to the person who did the screen sharing. I wound up doing the screen sharing of the videos for the first half of the singing, then Erik took over. Clarissa, Gillian, and Erik made it look easy. I liked the fact that Clarissa asked people to say a little something about whatever song they chose, and it was nice to hear what people had to say.

At the end, Clarissa said that there were singers from 10 different states logged in to the Zoom call.

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Housekeeping

Reviving this blog

We’re in the middle of the pandemic, there’s no live Sacred Harp singing in the Bay Area, and there’s no way that I’m going to be traveling to any live singings. It’s time to revive this blog. I’m going to turn comments on again and see what happens, and I’ll write an occasional new post. Stay tuned….

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All-day singings & conventions

2020 Ziegler Memorial

I didn’t manage to take any photos of the Ziegler Memorial singing today. But the singing was good, and there was a strong bass section again this year; once again, it was fun to sing with the Healdsburg basses, including Patrick, Hodie, and Cyprian, as well as the other Bay Area basses. After a delicious lunch, Carol and I took a short walk with Paul and Lorraine and their children, all of whom are good company. And it was enjoyable to make the drive up and back with fellow Palo Alto singers. In short, it was a wonderful way to start a new year.

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All-day singings & conventions

192 Schenectady

Here’s Sue leading 192 Schenectady, at the Helwig-Coghlan Memorial Singing in Davis, California:

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All-day singings & conventions

At the Helwig-Coghlan Memorial Singing

Although invited to join the tenor section, the cat preferred to just listen.

View from the arranging table, Steve Helwig – Sally Coghlan Memorial Singing, Davis, California.
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Singing at home

Anniversary

Chris Thorman began singing Sacred Harp 25 years ago with the Palo Alto Sacred Harp singers. He came to sing with us today in honor of the anniversary.

From left to right: Doug, Mark, Chris.
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All-day singings & conventions

2020 Palo Alto All Day, and Marian Bush Half Day

I was too busy as the kitchen committee at the Palo Alto All Day yesterday to take any photos or videos. Suffice it to say it was yet again a lovely singing — my favorite Sacred Harp event of the whole year, both for the quality of the singing and the quality of the friendships. And the Marian Bush singing the next day (today) caps off the weekend nicely. It was smaller, but the singing was good. And socially, I prefer small singings because you actually have time to talk with everyone.

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Housekeeping

Changes to the blog

Due to evil spammers, I’ve had to close off all comments. If you have a comment, please let me know — my contact information is in the Minutes Book — and I can post your comment.

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All-day singings & conventions

2019 Golden Gate All-Day Singing

Here are a couple of photos from the 2019 Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held in Alameda, Calif.: