I included some non-musical documentary footage at the beginning of this video showing all-day singing etiquette. The Arranging Committee calls Julian, and says he will be followed by Clarissa. Julian is seated where he can immediately move into the hollow square. While he’s calling and pitching the tune, Clarissa (in purple) gets up and heads to a seat where she can immediately move into the hollow square when she is called. Nobody hurries, but no time is lost. This observance of etiquette helps explain how we managed to squeeze 99 tunes into one all-day singing.
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.
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.
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.
Will leading the noontime prayer at the Palo Alto All-Day Singing. Will is the pastor of the Kalamazoo Mennonite Fellowship, Michigan.
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.
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!
Another quick video.
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.