Below are the minutes for the special half day singing in Palo Alto. This was a very enjoyable singing, with some strong singers.
We decided to hold just the Marian Bush half day singing this year. We did not hold the Palo Alto All Day. Minutes are below. The church’s rules for singing require outdoors and socially distanced (3 feet). I finally decided to wear a mask most of the time. I work with kids, and there’s no reason to increase my chances of exposure even more.
I liked the fact that Paul Kostka made this singing accessible to people who could only join us online. I don’t think this will be a regular feature of Sacred Harp singings, but it does make it more accessible. It also reminded me of the last time Marian Bush sang with us in Palo Alto. She could no longer get out of the house, so we called her up and sang to her over a cell phone. “Did you hear me singing?” she said when we got done. Of course we had to reply that no, we were singing too loud — as usual with Sacred Harp.
I miss hearing Marian’s alto voice at singings, never loud, but always perfectly in tune and in perfect rhythm. I’m glad we got to do this singing in her memory.
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.
Here are the minutes as submitted:
Palo Alto All-Day Singing / Marian Bush Memorial Singing
Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, Palo Alto, California
Saturday, August 22, 2020
The Palo Alto All-Day Singing, scheduled annually for the Saturday before the fourth Sunday in August, and the Marian Bush Memorial Singing, scheduled for the fourth Sunday in August, could not be held in person this year due to county health restrictions. Instead, singers met via Zoom for two hours of online singing and socializing. Memorials for singers who died in the past year were recognized. We vowed to meet again in person as soon as it is safe to do so.
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 Morgan-Ellis 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 Bowen 77b; Ginny Landgraf 254 (ShH); Melissa Stevenson 179; Sue Lindner 216; Bonnie Stimler 384; Bonnie Stimler 454; [not recorded] 521; memorials; Dan Harper 347.
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.
Inder leading 312b Restoration at the Palo Alto All Day singing. It was well over ninety degrees at this point in the day, but what struck me is how much fun everyone is having.
A good singing again this year in Palo Alto. We had more than 50 singers, and nearly all of them came from northern California. I’ve decided that this singing best captures the sound of Bay Area singing, because it’s mostly just us — people we’ve been singing with and whose voices we know well. I realized that I’ve come to think of this as my home singing.
It got really hot today. The temperature in the singing room was up over 95 degrees, and we actually had to end a little early because it was so hot. This was the view from the back bench of the basses:
Mark leading 564 Zion from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp, at the 5th annual Palo Alto All Day Singing, August 27, 2016.
155 Northfield from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp, at the 5th annual Palo Alto All Day Singing, August 27, 2016.