Friday, July 12, 2013

THIS is your Sacred Harp Singing!

The second in our series of formal singing schools was Wednesday night, and we had a lovely time once again (despite the stinking rain)!  Sure, we sing inside, but that barometric pressure... man, oh man.  I felt it weighing on my soul.

We had nine singers--one of them brand new.  Again, we employed the Shape Note Machine (TM) to go over scales, practicing the shapes and practicing intervals.  This time, I used a wooden sword as a pointer. 

Don't cross the singing school teacher!

Here's my book, incidentally.  It's well loved.
We talked a lot about the book itself--why it's a good idea to have one, what the numbers and letters after the titles are. We talked a little more about why we wave our arms around, and about what to expect at  a regular singing. 

When one of our singers cried out, "But how can we GO to a regular singing?!  There aren't any near here..."  What was our answer?

Oh yes there are!  THIS is a regular singing in the making.  And we can't wait for it to really take off.

You have to start somewhere, and we're basically starting from scratch here.  Exciting things are happening.

But there ARE exciting, established singings all over New England (and the country.  and the world), and once you get hooked, I guarantee you will travel far and wide to get to them.

I wanted to share with you a very sweet radio piece that our friend, Aaron Henkin (in Baltimore) did about our group there a few years back.  This, I think, will give you all a sense of what on earth we're doing, and why.  Plus, you get to hear my nervous radio voice!

Keep an eye on this space, and on the Facebook event page for updates on the next singing! We MAY change the location, due to a conflict at WREN921 in August, so pay attention!!


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  2. And thanks to Jessica Keyes for posting The Signal piece on the Baltimore group's website, because I totally stole it from there! Thanks, prairieskygal! xoxo