A quick post on the Palo Alto All-day Singing before I head off to the Saturday night social. We had 57 singers, and we sang 93 tunes. Carol and I were in charge of the kitchen this year, my new favorite all-day singing job. I for got to take any photos, but Carol remembered. Here are some of her photos of people lining up for dinner:
The last of the videos from the recent Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. Various problems kept me from getting videos of every leader (this is what happens when you set the video camera up and walk away; you’re not aware when problems happen), but I did get reasonably good footage of 41 leaders.
These final videos are of Lindy leading 426b Jasper; Susan leading 168 Cowper; Terry M. leading 84 Amsterdam; Inder (accompanied by baby Maggie) leading 131t Messiah; and Carl leading 128 The Promised Land. Finally, to close out these videos, I’ve included the closing prayer, given by Linda S.
These videos are all from the last session of the day, when you’d expect the singers to be tired and not sounding quite as good — but as it turns out, these videos capture some of the best singing of the day. The leaders are all from the Bay area, and they all chose tunes that the local singers would know well. If you want to hear Bay area singers at their best, listen to Carl leading 128 The Promised Land — the class sings fast and loud, with strong tenors, powerful basses, piercing altos, and trebles that float over the top:
More videos from the recent Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. Videos are of Alex leading 313b Cobb; Bob leading 163t Morning; Hal leading 487 Soldier’s Delight; Joel leading 77t The Child of Grace; Linda D. leading 348t Ainslie; and Liora leading 42 Clamanda.
More videos from the recent Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. Most of these are Bay area singers, though there’s one Central valley singer. Videos are of Gail leading 155 Northfield; Hugh leading 119 Panting for Heaven; Kate leading 86 Poland; Linda leading 384 Panting for Heaven; Peter leading 163b China; Rob leading 178 Africa.
More videos from the recent Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. Videos are of Erika leading 564 Zion; Greg leading 567 The Great Day; Jennie leading 424 Sweet Union; Julian leading 456 Sacred Mount; Rebecca leading 447 Wondrous Cross; and Terry B. leading 411 Morning Prayer.
More videos from the recent Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. These include videos of singers from the east coast, the Central Valley, Santa Cruz, and Healdsburg — along with two videos of Bay area singers. Videos are of Sherry leading 183 Greenwich; Gordon leading 173 Phoebus; Robin leading 49t Old Hundred (one of my favorite tunes); Vicky leading 452 Martin (assisted by Caroline); Chris leading 315 Immensity; and Phil leading 99 Gospel Trumpet.
I’ve now posted just about all the videos I have of out-of-town singers. There might be one or two more, but I had some technical issues and didn’t get a video of everyone who led a tune, and I think that’s about it. After this, I’ll start working my way through Bay area singers.
More videos from the recent Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. These are videos of out-of-town singers, from Oregon, Utah, Santa Cruz County, and the Central Valley. Singers include Tom leading 556 Portland; Karen leading 532 Peace and Joy; Jenny leading 448t Consecration; Shelley leading 352 Swanton; Janet leading 383 Eternal Day; and Linda B. leading 147t Boylston.
Here’s the first batch of videos from the Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. I started by processing videos of tunes led by out-of-town singers, and this batch includes videos of singers from oregon and Washington state. Videos below are: Bob leading 475; Steve leading 187; Nell leading 102; David W. leading 332; Chris leading 517; and Betsy leading 522.
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:
This year’s Pacific Northwest Sacred Harp Convention — Washington (which for convenience I’ll call the Seattle convention) took place in the Sunset Hills Community Center in Seattle over the past two days, February 16 and 17. I was able to attend almost all of the Saturday session, and the last hour and a half of the Sunday session. Here are four brief vignettes of the convention as I experienced it:
(1) I stayed on the back bench of the bass section the whole time I was singing. I prefer sitting on the back bench, even though sometimes those of us on the back bench may sound a little more raggedy than the front bench singers. But the back bench was not raggedy at this convention. The whole bass section was strong, and that strength extended to the back bench, where were seated some very fine singers. I also like to sit as near to the altos as I can, and the alto section at this convention was also strong.
Where I sat turned out to be a good place to sit: the room brightened the sound and emphasized the higher notes, so that even though I was sitting at the back corner between a strong bass section and a strong alto section, I could hear the tenors and trebles clearly; I suspect I was sitting where the best sound was.
And this is the view from where I was sitting (click on the thumbnail below for a larger image):