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Sing for Joy
2016-12-02

Sing for Joy choir!

simple gifts
2016-09-19

My current musical goal is to get a handle on "Simple Gifts".

I am so excited about this piece because I really like the sound of it. This is the first piece of music, that I've ever been able to "really hear".

Moreover, I really like the Shaker lyrics.

Instrumental

Solo uke arrangement by Mike Lynch

Solo uke arrangement by Kim Pryts

Melody on uke by Ken Middleton

Air and Simple Gifts (John Williams), Obama's Inauguration

AARON COPLAND - Simple Gifts From Appalachian Spring - LEONARD BERNSTEIN

Vocal

Yo-Yo Ma and Alison Krauss

Songs of America - Simple Gift

Lyrics

    Tis a gift to be simple
    'Tis a gift to be free
    'Tis a gift to come down where we ought to be
    And when we find ourselves in the place just right
    'Twill be in the valley of love and delight


    Chorus:
    When true simplicity is gained
    To ben and to bow, we won't be ashamed
    To turn, turn, will be our delight
    'Til by turning, turning, we come round right

    Tis a gift to be simple, 
'tis a gift to be fair
    'tis a gift to wake and breathe the morning air
    And when we walk each day in the path we choose
    'tis a gift we pray we never shall lose
potato chip song
2016-10-13

At Mila Redwood's community choir Sing for Joy we learned this song:

the potato chip song.m4a

pardon my singing ... let mila carry it

Part 1:

The chips at the bottom of the bag are the saltiest.
Things are much more salty at the bottom of the bag.

Part 2:
Reach down in to the Great Unknown!

--Josh Fox of Asheville North Carolina

It is a really charming song.

Recorder
2016-08-01

Like most students in Ontario, I took a class on playing the recorder in public school. That was a long time ago, and I barely remember what happened in that class. In any case, they're a familiar object around here.

Just before I got started as an undergraduate at Trent, I bought a penny whistle to play. It was difficult, and the high notes bothered me. And yet, the penny whistle is still hanging around. It slowly multiplied and produced to a half dozen different recorders around it.

Now Meg and I have two alto recorders and four soprano recorders of different makes. Unfortunately, I still do not know how to play the recorder.

My goal is to learn to play some nice tunes on the alto recorder.

music corner
2016-10-01

Recorders:

  • Yamaha alto and soprano (white plastic)
  • Aulos soprano
  • Dolmetsch Nova alto
  • Silvetta maple alto

[2016-10-01] : Last night we played Old Man, a duet for two sopranos, out of The Children's Song Book (Newman and Kolinski).

Ukulele
2016-08-01

My interest in playing the ukulele has flourished lately. It has been a long slow haul, much like my progress with recorder. When I started as an undergraduate, I lived in the "Trent Global Living Community". It was an intentional community of international students living in Champlain College.

A friend of mine bought a banjo, and I followed suit by buying a bright orange Mahalo ukulele. It never got played much, but it was a joy to have around. That was my first ukulele, Arthur the First. Eventually, when I moved to Toronto I realized that I was almost never playing it and decided to give it away to Sam Chapin, who gave it to his brother Sasha Chapin.

After a couple years, I went out and bought another Mahalo starter ukulele. This time, the Mahalo was stained deep red. This became Arthur the Second. It will soon be donated to the Regal Beagle Pub on Bloor Street, for the purposes of impromptu ukulele jamming.

Yesterday, in a fit of excited post-camp glee, I bought a koa wood concert ukulele. It is a brilliant toy. I look forward to our years together.

Despite all this I still do not know how to play the ukulele.

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