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Katie leading no. 213t The Good Old Way

Unfortunately, due to technical problems, I only got the final verse of this tune. Katie gets such a nice sound out of the class, I wish I had gotten the whole tune. And unfortunately, this happens to be the only footage of Katie I managed to get.

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Laura leading no. 102 Fulfillment

There’s a little bit of non-musical documentary footage at the beginning of this video, to document what happens from the moment the leader stands up through the beginning of the singing. So you’ll see Laura’s little interaction with Janet, who immediately preceded her and who led with her baby Taidgh in her arms. You’ll also see Laura’s somewhat unusual method of pitching: she uses a tuning fork as a reference tone, then adjusts the pitch of the tune based on what she’s been hearing in the class (I find her pitching to be quite sensitive to the class). Finally, while Laura doesn’t hurry, she doesn’t waste any time: everything she does communicates with the class.

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Jeff leading no. 505 Where Ceaseless Ages Roll

Fortunately I have at least one good video of all our out-of-state guests at the recent all-day singing — I’m working on getting their songs up first. Here’s Jeff from L.A.

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Noontime prayer at the Palo Alto All-Day Singing

Will leading the noontime prayer at the Palo Alto All-Day Singing. Will is the pastor of the Kalamazoo Mennonite Fellowship, Michigan.

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Clarissa leading no. 163t Morning

Clarissa is staying with us for the Palo Alto All-Day Singing. Fortunately, I happened to get some good video of her leading a couple of tunes (because I just left the video camera rolling unattended, some of the video I shot is unusable). So I quickly processed it, and here’s the tune she liked the best.

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“God of Might” by Julian Damashek

At lunchtime during the 2012 Palo Alto All-Day Singing, we sang a couple of new tunes, including Julian Damashek’s “God of Might,” which was published in The Trumpet vol. 1 no. 2, June, 2011 (open the PDF and scroll down to page 18). I asked Julian if we could sing this tune in large part because I wanted to get a recording of it — and here it is!

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Greg leading no. 542 I’ll Seek His Blessings

Another quick video.

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Janet and Taidgh lead 312b Restoration

Janet and Taidgh lead no. 312b Restoration at the 2012 Palo Alto All-Day Singing. (Start them young learning how to beat time in four!)

Lots more video from the all-day singing coming Real Soon Now.

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A good all-day singing

The first annual Palo Alto All-Day singing took place today. It was a very good class in a good singing room, and we sounded fantastic. At a moment of peak attendance, I counted 60 people in the room. All told, I’d guess we had 75 people during the course of the day, including two babies, and four children — the range of ages stretched from 3 months to 90+.

Highlights of the day:

— Dinner-on-the-grounds was incredible: what an amazing array of yummy food! We all ate until we were ready to burst, and there was still lots of food left over. That’s the way it should be.

— Chris Thorman stood up and talked a little about the history of the Palo Alto Sacred Harp singers, which goes back into the 1970s. He asked some of the singers who were there in the early days to stand up.

— Erica leading 448t Consecration towards the end of the day. When she was done, Hal and I looked at each other and just smiled. It was a transcendent moment.

Thank you to everyone who made the singing a success. Sounds like we’ll be doing it again next year!

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Update: Palo Alto All-day singing

Don’t forget the Palo Alto All-day Singing this Saturday, August 25, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto, 505 E. Charleston Rd., Palo Alto. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Complete information, including directions for cars and bikes using public transit, here.

Saturday night social, 5-7 p.m.: We’ll meet at Don’s house near University Ave. in Palo Alto. We’ll have directions at the all-day singing. There will be an arts fair on University Ave. that day, so after the social you can check that out and then eat dinner at one of the many restaurants.

Friday night social, 7:15 p.m. on August 24: Meet at the Unitarian Universalist Church parking lot. We’ll park there and walk across the street to Green Elephant for Chinese food ($10-15), then to Rick’s Rather Rich Ice Cream for dessert.

Sunday singing from 2-5 p.m., on August 26: Come to Room 1 at the Unitarian Universalist Church to sing some more. Singing will start promptly at 2, with time for socializing and potluck snacks afterwards. (I’ll be bringing root beer floats.) There will be at least one out-of-state singer joining us, so please come for singing and socializing!

And real die-hards will also come to the weekly Monday singing in Berkeley at 7:30, August 27.

Note to drivers:

PG&E is doing major construction on Charleston Rd. from the UU church to Alma. If you come from Highway 101, you’ll miss it completely — Charleston Rd. is fine from Middlefield to the UU church. But if you’re coming from across Palo Alto, avoid potentially long delays and come from the Middlefield Rd. side.