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.
Another video from old previously unedited video footage I found. Here’s Ed leading 278b Traveling Pilgrim from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp, at the 5th annual Palo Alto All Day Singing, August 27, 2016:
I found some old unedited video footage of past Palo Alto All Day singings. Here’s Chris leading 229 Irwinton from the 1991 Denson edition of The Sacred Harp, at the 5th annual Palo Alto All Day Singing, August 27, 2016:
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.