News of the months of June and July, 2020

Meeting reports

Nymph and Shepherds No.1 - William Strang

June 3

We played:

June 10

We played:

June 17

We played:

July 7

We played:

Schedule

I think everybody who gets this also got my news of last week
that there was a fire in my building. I’m fine; all the
instruments are fine; as far as I know all the music and books and
electronics are fine. The kitchen and bathroom are not fine, so
it will be months and not weeks before I can go back to living
there.

The good news is that here in Fall River where I’m staying at
my sister’s has outdoor rehearsal space. I know Fall River isn’t
very convenient for very many of you, but if you’re one of the
ones it is convenient for, or if you want to come anyway, I’d
love to play with you. It’s logistically easier to play outdoors
in daylight, so we might want to do it on a weekend afternoon
rather than a Tuesday night. But let me know if you’re interested,
and we can schedule a time, and I’ll let the list know that they
can come too.

Like a house on fire

There was a fire in my building yesterday. Everyone is safe, and the fire itself was confined to the unit where it started. But there’s a lot of cleanup to happen before I can live there again.

My unit is next to the one where the fire started, so the wall I share with that unit has a lot of water damage, so there isn’t a ceiling in either the kitchen or the bathroom. But the living room and the bedrooms and the dining room (where all the instruments live) all look pretty normal.

I’m with my sister in Fall River for for now, but email and phone should work normally.

It’s surprisingly complicated; I am currently trying to figure out who has to do what to get the electricity turned on. There doesn’t seem to be structural damage; they said we can get in and out as we feel like it, but of course until all the broken glass and fallen plaster are cleaned up, I won’t feel like it that much.

There’s a channel 7 report on the fire, with video of me and Maia crossing the street. Naturally, they were more interested in interviewing my downstairs neighbors with the three-month-old baby.

News of the week of May 26, 2020

Meeting reports

May 19

We played:

May 26

King James I of Scotland

We played:

Schedule

The stay at home order is now a safer at
home advisory
. I think this means that as long as we are
fewer than 10 people and can maintain social distance, we can
meet.

Obviously, we can’t maintain social distance with 10 people in
my dining room. But we’re currently meeting with two, and I think
we’d be ok with one or two more, if there were people who wanted
to come. Of course, I trust that none of you would come if you
were sick, or had recently been exposed to someone who was.

So, let me know by Monday night if you want to come on
Tuesday. If too many people want to come, I’ll tell the later
responders that they missed their chance.

The meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:45 PM, at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

Another option would be to find an outdoor space, where the
distancing would be easier, and even if it weren’t, the wind would
disperse the viral load faster. But this raises logistical issues
like chairs and lighting and weather. But if people really wanted
to deal with those issues, we probably could.

News of the week of May 12, 2020

Meeting report

Fresco of Agnus Dei in Greek Catholic Cathedral of Hajdudorog

We played:

Schedule

We’re meeting with only “family” until this situation loosens
up a little. As soon as gatherings of fewer than 10 people are
allowed again, we will resume meeting for all who will on Tuesdays
at 7:45 pm.

News of the week of April 28, 2020

Meeting report

Sign for the Mermaid, Easton - geograph.org.uk - 1360524

We played:

Schedule

We’re meeting with only “family” until this situation loosens
up a little. As soon as gatherings of fewer than 10 people are
allowed again, we will resume meeting for all who will on Tuesdays
at 7:45 pm.

Round singing remote meeting

Pieter Bruegel II - Peasant Wedding Dance - Walters 37364

Several people expressed interest in meeting remotely for
singing rounds, so we’ll start off our normal Tuesday meeting this
week (April 28) with that.

I suppose we’ve all spent enough time learning zoom that even
if we knew of something better, it wouldn’t make sense to use it,
so we’ll use zoom.

We’ll start with some of the less harmonically “interesting”
rounds in the Drinking
songs book
.
Depending on time, we may do some learning rounds by ear.

Let me know if you want an invitation to the meeting.

News of the week of April 21, 2020

Meeting report

We played:

Schedule

We’re meeting with only “family” until this situation loosens
up a little. As soon as gatherings of fewer than 10 people are
allowed again, we will resume meeting for all who will on Tuesdays
at 7:45 pm.

Possible Round Meeting

Johann Friedrich Engel - Ruderboot mit Bauern

At the Zoom Easter Brunch I attended, I made everyone sing
“Row, row, row your boat” just to see whether it was as bad to
sing music together as everyone assures me it is. It wasn’t. I’m
not saying it was a recording-quality performance, but it was the
kind of fun that singing Row, row, row your boat is.

I mentioned this at my sixteenth century music theory class,
and Sarah Mead said that rounds are probably the right thing to
do, since they have limited harmonic velocity, so latency
shouldn’t be as much of a problem as it is for other kinds of
music.

So if there’s interest, we can have a virtual round-singing
meeting some time. Let me know if you’d like to participate. We
might concentrate on the ones in the Drinking
Songs
book. Or we could just sing the ones everybody’s known
for decades.

News of the week of April 14, 2020

Meeting Report

We played:

Schedule

We are currently meeting with only the people who spend enough
time here to count as family. When the plague recedes, we will
resume meeting every Tuesday with anyone who wants to come.

Online study opportunities

[Tina Chancey]

Amherst Early
Music
continues their series of Weekend
Workshops.

Tina Chancey is
teaching an Improv
Class
starting Friday, April 17. I’m sorry for the facebook
link — it’s all I can find. I hope it’s useful. She
demonstrates her qualifications for teaching the class
here.
In the facebook discussion of this performance, someone
said, “Gee, you do have a music degree and all that too…” Tina
replied, “A few, and a fat lot of good they do you.”