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Golden Gate videos, part II

More videos from the recent Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. These are videos of out-of-town singers, from Oregon, Utah, Santa Cruz County, and the Central Valley. Singers include Tom leading 556 Portland; Karen leading 532 Peace and Joy; Jenny leading 448t Consecration; Shelley leading 352 Swanton; Janet leading 383 Eternal Day; and Linda B. leading 147t Boylston.

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Golden Gate videos, part I

Here’s the first batch of videos from the Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. I started by processing videos of tunes led by out-of-town singers, and this batch includes videos of singers from oregon and Washington state. Videos below are: Bob leading 475; Steve leading 187; Nell leading 102; David W. leading 332; Chris leading 517; and Betsy leading 522.

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2013 Golden Gate All-Day Singing

We just got back from the 2013 Golden Gate All-Day Singing, held again this year at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House in San Francisco. Singers traveled from five other states, including Washington, Oregon, and Utah; and I saw several singers from southern California. Northern California singers came from Davis and the Central Valley; Healdsburg and Sonoma County; Santa Cruz County; the East Bay; San Francisco; and the Peninsula.

It was a good singing. The room we sing in at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House provides a bright and very loud sound that emphasizes the higher pitches; this room complements the Berkeley/San Francisco singers, who tend to pitch their tunes fairly high, and sing fast and very loud. My personal preference is for a mellower sounding room with more bass response; but it was great fun to sing in the Berkeley/San Francisco style in that room. As a punk rock fan from way back, I couldn’t help thinking that Joey Ramone would have felt right at home with us today.

Lindy asked me do some video recordings; I have have about five hours of video to go through, of mixed quality, and will start processing that and getting it on Youtube (and here) as I have time over the next few weeks. In the mean time, my partner Carol, who will say she comes to all-day singings mostly for dinner-on-the-grounds, took this photo of Janet from Santa Cruz leading:

Golden Gate 2013

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Golden Gate: 212 Sharon

Gretchen leading no. 212 Sharon from The Sacred Harp (1991 Denson edition), at the eighth annual Golden Gate All-day Singing, 22 April 2012, held at the Potrero Hills Neighborhood House in San Francisco, Calif. and sponsored by Bay Area Sacred Harp.

Gretchen is another long-time singer. If I remember correctly, she was introduced to shape note music during the 1960s, with the Christian Harmony in North Carolina. I’d guess she began singing shape note music before anyone else at this year’s Golden Gate.

N.B.: This is the last video I made at this year’s Golden Gate.

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Golden Gate 2012: 474 Mount Desert

Susan leading no. 474 Mount Desert from The Sacred Harp (1991 Denson edition), at the eighth annual Golden Gate All-day Singing, 22 April 2012, held at the Potrero Hills Neighborhood House in San Francisco, Calif. and sponsored by Bay Area Sacred Harp.

Susan doesn’t just bring each section in, she warmly invites them to begin singing. (But I can’t be envious, because she’s a music teacher and of course she’s going to be better at leading tunes than the rest of us.)

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Golden Gate 2012: 549 Phillips Farewell

Will leading no. 549 Phillips Farewell from The Sacred Harp (1991 Denson edition), at the eighth annual Golden Gate All-day Singing, 22 April 2012, held at the Potrero Hills Neighborhood House in San Francisco, Calif. and sponsored by Bay Area Sacred Harp.

Will is wonderful leader. Not only does he have a fine tenor voice, not only does he communicate well with the class, but he always seems warm and welcoming.

It’s a little hard to hear it, but here’s what he says at the beginning of this video:

I want to say that the Golden Gate singing was the first, practically the first convention I ever sang at, and I’m just so glad to see friends from long long ago. And I especially remember Linda, so this is the anniversary of our meeting.

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Golden Gate 2012: 377 Eternal Praise

Terry leading no. 377 Eternal Praise from The Sacred Harp (1991 Denson edition), at the eighth annual Golden Gate All-day Singing, 22 April 2012, held at the Potrero Hills Neighborhood House in San Francisco, Calif. and sponsored by Bay Area Sacred Harp.

I always like Terry’s thoughtful tune choices, and her quiet way of leading, especially the way she brings in all the parts on fuguing tunes.

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Golden Gate 2012: 312b Restoration

Shani and James leading no. 312b Restoration from The Sacred Harp (1991 Denson edition), at the eighth annual Golden Gate All-day Singing, 22 April 2012, held at the Potrero Hills Neighborhood House in San Francisco, Calif. and sponsored by Bay Area Sacred Harp.

I like watching more experienced singers help newer singers lead songs, especially when (as in this video) the more experienced singer makes it look like both of them are experienced singers.

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Golden Gate 2012: 215 New Topia

Linda leading no. 400 Sardis from The Sacred Harp (1991 Denson edition), at the eighth annual Golden Gate All-day Singing, 22 April 2012, held at the Potrero Hills Neighborhood House in San Francisco, Calif. and sponsored by Bay Area Sacred Harp.

It’s always a pleasure when Linda leads because she keeps absolutely rock-solid time, as if she has an internal metronome.

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Golden Gate 2012: Sardis

Hal leading no. 400 Sardis from The Sacred Harp (1991 Denson edition), at the eighth annual Golden Gate All-day Singing, 22 April 2012, held at the Potrero Hills Neighborhood House in San Francisco, Calif.

What I like about this is the way Hal beats time so clearly, and communicates so clearly with the class; everyone knows exactly what’s going on.