Scared Harp Singing, a great experience.
- This was my first exposure ever to this type of worshipful sing I
found it to be a very warm, friendly and comfortable environment to
sit in and participate in. I highly recommend it to anyone of those
whom love singing and the people who love to sing it.
I arrived a little late, to this two-day event, but it was a very
enjoyable experience nonetheless. I wasn't there long because of time
constrictions; I would have stayed longer if it were not for that. So
if anyone in attendance noticed a newcomer running out the door an
hour or so after he arrived, it wasn't because I didn't like the
music. That being said.
The sight-reading of shape singing music is a little odd at first to
follow along with but it is pretty straightforward once you get the
hang of it.
There were many dedicated (acappella) shape singers there in
attendance and what they may have lacked in numbers was more than
made up for in participation and enthusiasm.
On second thought, that last statement may be a little misleading as
there were as many as 50 - 65 people there when I arrived at about
6:30 pm Saturday evening. At lest 40-45 or so stayed after the social
hour to continue the eclectic sing, and I presume, because of their
participation, they may have stayed until the very end. So yes, there
may be a quit sizable Scared Harp Community of singers out there to
enjoy and support.
Now mind you this event had started sometime that morning and was to
continue on till around 9: pm? In other words this was and is an
event that participants planned on attending and staying there a good
long while. You know like that phrase "yall set awhile, take yer
shoes off, yall come back now hear?" Just that down home feeling
that I got and please don't misconscew my meaning. Pl-ease!!
There will be a second event to follow on Sunday but this posting
will be too late for you to attend. So I hope you were already aware
of this scheduled event.
I believe there is one planned by this group for this coming march,
so mark it down on your calendars for next time. And remember,
acappella singing in any form is a parisaptory sport.
By the way, I'm planning on getting on down to Redondo Beach next
Sunday January 27th. To support and enjoy an acappella event similar
to Java Joes in Yorba Linda last Sunday ( Javapella ) which I
unfortunaltly mist. in case I'm constrained again and can't make it,
somebody please post your impressions of the event so I can have some
thing to read here when I next check the postings.
till then your friend, Goodlyplayer out
> there were as many as 50 - 65 people there whenManny, you missed the main event which ended at 4:30 each
> I arrived at about 6:30 pm Saturday evening.
day, and which was attended by 120 singers on Saturday and
100 singers on Sunday.
A total of 207 songs was sung during the day-time singings, with
84 people chosing to lead songs.
There were a large number of singers from Chicago (10+). Also
from Rhode Island, Virginia, Georgia, the Rocky Mountain states,
Oregon, and Washington.
On the porch the level ranged between 80 to 84 decibels.
At the threshold of the singing room it ranged between 90 to 96
At the third row of the tenors, next to the basses, it got up to 99
At the second row of the trebles, at times it got as high as 101
(These readings were taken by myself on Sunday with a $40
RadioShack sound level meter.)
> The sight-reading of shape singing music is aBecause each song is first sung "on the shapes"
> little odd at first to follow along with but it is pretty
> straightforward once you get thehang of it.
fa-so-la fa-so-la mi fa
not as preparation or rehearsal, but as part of the art,
this makes it possible to say:
-- "It's not about the words, it's about the music."
(Manny, you and I are in a minority of perhaps 5% in being
conservative Christians who actually believe in the message
embodied in the words.)
Our next large singing will be May 17 (Saturday).
Location to be announced.
There won't be as many singers (we expect 70), but more
opportunites to lead songs.