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.
Here’s Sue leading 192 Schenectady, at the Helwig-Coghlan Memorial Singing in Davis, California:
Although invited to join the tenor section, the cat preferred to just listen.
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.
Here are a couple of photos from the 2019 Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held in Alameda, Calif.:
Connie leading 461 Haynes Creek at the Sally Coghlan Memorial Singing in Davis, California today. I always like Connie’s leading, but this one is as close to perfect as I’ve heard — perfect tempo, and she gets a really good sound out of the class.
Here’s a panoramic view from behind the arranging table at the Sally Coghlan Memorial Singing in Davis California:
And here’s a view of the back bench tenors in full cry:
Photos from the second day of the 2018 Pacific Northwest Sacred Harp Convention — Washington (a.k.a. the Seattle Convention):
Above: Corrie Van Duzer from Denver engaging the tenor front bench.
Above: Joel Chan from San Francisco in the hollow square.
Above: Back row of the basses.
Above: Looking across the tenor section towards the back of the room. Although it wasn’t “standing room only,” at the peak attendance seating was tight enough that eight or ten people chose to stand at the back of the room.
Bob Schinske leading 539 Supplication, from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp, at the 2018 Pacific Northwest Convention — Washington (a.k.a. the Seattle Convention).
This is another one of those Sacred Harp songs that is rarely led, yet is worth singing. My first impression is positive: good melody, solid bass and treble parts, and the composer must have liked altos (or maybe was married to one) because the alto part is definitely above average. I’ll going to have to sing this one through a few times, and see if it grows on me.
Sean McPherson leading 213b Warning, from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp, at the 2018 Pacific Northwest Convention — Washington (a.k.a. the Seattle Convention).
The story goes that 213b Warning was composed as a space filler for an earlier edition of The Sacred Harp. And it’s a tune that is not often led at all-day singings and conventions, ranking 441 overall since 1995. Yet it’s actually a lot of fun to sing (once you get past the bizarre way it’s notated), and I was glad that Sean chose to lead it at this year’s Seattle Convention.