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.
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.
I wrote the first version of this in May, 2020, during lockdown. The original version was meant for singing on Zoom. I wrote a 4-part plain tune, then broke it up into solos spread out over four verses. That way, each voice eventually got to sing every part. Here’s the second page of the original version:
I posted this to the Sacred Harp Friends Facebook page. As far as I know, no one ever sang it. But it made me feel better to be able to do something musical during lockdown.
I’ve now revised this as a plain tune.
New tune: Purisima Creek.
God knows why I’m writing so many shape note tunes these days. I think it’s because I have fewer outlets for music because of the pandemic.
Pre-pandemic, I was singing three and four times a week: in a traditional chorus, Sacred Harp, folk music jam session, and a quartet; and voice lessons on top of that. The pandemic stopped all that. But for the first year of the pandemic I didn’t notice that I was no longer doing much music, because I was working seven days a week.
Now we’re pretty much out of the pandemic, but it still doesn’t feel entirely safe to sing. Now I’m lucky to be able to sing a couple of times a month — outdoors, maybe distanced, maybe with a mask, depending. I’ve pretty much stopped singing online, as I just don’t find it as satisfying as in person singing.
What I really want to do is sing with other people. In the absence of actual choral singing, at least I can write music….
San Diego. Complete rewrite of a tune I wrote years ago.
With in-person singing pretty much shut down due to the latest surge, what else is there to do but write music.