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Sacred Harp clip art

On the Sacred Harp Friends Facebook group, someone asked for Sacred Harp clip art. So I made a couple of images — a Sacred Harp leader, and a Sacred Harp singer — in both outline and filled versions. I’m releasing these four images into the public domain.

The first two images are a finer line, and will look good in larger sizes. The next two images are a thicker line, and can be shrunk down considerably. The images here are 1920 pixels wide.

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New compositions

Two new tunes

Two Advent tunes: “Galilee” and “Prepare Ye the Way”.

It seems kind of pointless to post all these new tunes on this website. But when I post them here, somehow it gets them out of my head so I can stop thinking about them.

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All-day singings & conventions

Norumbega Harmony Half Day singing

Here’s my photo of Glen (497) leading 178 at today’s half day singing in Newton, Mass., from the Denson book and the Norumbega Harmony:

It was a small but excellent singing. Distanced, masked, open windows. Yes, masks are annoying, but I felt very safe at this singing — given my health concerns, feeling safe is good. I’m grateful to the organizers for all the COVID precautions.

I don’t think I’ve ever sung as much Billings in a single singing. That’s one of the joys of singing from the Norumebega Harmony for me — I love all the 18th century tunes.

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New compositions

Two new tunes

Wesport and Troops of Angels. Westport is the only new tune I’m really happy with from the past couple of years.

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All-day singings & conventions

Video of Maine All Day Singing

And here’s a just-posted video of last month’s Maine All Day Singing. I’m just off screen to the far left, in the back row of the basses.

Click on the image above to view the video on Youtube.
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All-day singings & conventions

Video of Maine Cooper book singing

Here’s a screen grab from a video — just posted — of last week’s Maine Cooper book singing. (I’m sitting in the back corner, as far from the videographer as you can get.) This is Jesse leading 98:

Click on the image above to view this video on Youtube.
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All-day singings & conventions

Maine Cooper Book singing

Here’s a photo from today’s evening Cooper Book singing in Maine:

It was a little dusty in the pulling shed, but the sound was remarkably good, even with the very high ceiling. Plus it was a lot of fun to sing Sacred Harp in person.

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Other local singings

Bath, Maine, local singing

This afternoon, Carol and I drove up from where we were staying — in Sace, Maine — to Bath, Maine, to sing Sacred Harp on the gazebo in the center of Bath.

It turned out to be an excellent place to sing, which may show that a good singing space does not need walls if you have a wood ceiling and a wood floor. And with no walls, we were much less worried about transmitting COVID, especially with the stiff breeze that was blowing.

It also turned out to be an excellent group of people to sing with. As Carol said after the singing, “It was a really tight group.”

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New compositions

Collection of tunes

I distributed a collection of 32 new shape note tunes at yesterday’s special Palo Alto singing. It’s downloadable from Google Drive.

I think most of the tunes are somewhere on this website (and one was printed in the old “Sing the Trumpet” publication). But some of the older tunes are significantly revised.

Can’t imagine anyone but myself will want access to these, but this makes it easier for me to access this PDF from anywhere.

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All-day singings & conventions

Palo Alto special half day singing

Below are the minutes for the special half day singing in Palo Alto. This was a very enjoyable singing, with some strong singers.