News of the week of March 31, 2020

Meeting Report

A Woman Drinking with Two Men

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Schedule

The three of us who are sort of family have been getting
together on Tuesday nights. If you’d be violating a stay-at-home
directive (or whatever they call what we have now), you probably
don’t want to come. But some day the directive will be lifted,
and we will get back to welcoming anyone who wants to come on
Tuesdays at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge.

News of the week of March 17, 2020

Meeting report

SalzburgerAltstadt02

We played:

Schedule

We continue to meet Tuesdays at 7:45pm, at 233 Broadway,
Cambridge.

Those who get information about this group by email already
know that the Walk for
Hunger
has been cancelled this year. So we are not working on
that program. Please consider contributing to the cause of
alleviating hunger in some other way.

Covid-19 Statement

Some people have not only decided that it doesn’t make sense
for them personally to come, but that they are upset that the
invitation is still open. I would like to explain the reasoning
behind this.

It is not a public gathering of more than 10 people. It is
family and friends meeting to share music. Over the almost 20
years we have been meeting, we have been a major support system
for many of our members who do not currently have biological
family to fill this function for them. Currently, one person is
living here because she doesn’t have anywhere else to go, and
another has been staying over on a weekly basis and using
my computer several times a week. Anyone who’s been coming
regularly has been eating and drinking here as well as playing
music on a weekly basis. I know we can count on everyone to not
come if they are having symptoms, and one member has not
come since someone in his work group has tested positive.

So I think having the meetings is less dangerous than going to
the pharmacy or the grocery store, and maybe not much more
dangerous than walking the dog. Other people will
make different decisions, and I expect the meetings to be
relatively small until this situation changes.

So if you feel like a member of this family, and share my
evaluation that coming is not increasing your danger or the danger
to anyone else, you are welcome to come.

There are also people who don’t feel they should come who have
offered to help set up some kind of system for participating
remotely. I don’t want to do this work during a regular meeting,
and I think most of us have other projects that we’re using this
enforced free time for, but I’m sure we’ll get to doing some
experiments soon. If you’d like to be part of the experiments,
let me know.

And our cleaning routine has been expanded to include
disinfecting doorknobs, etc. If you want to personally wipe
anything down before and/or after you use it, there are various fluids
available for that purpose.

News of the week of March 10, 2020

Meeting report

Merrimac River, Concord, N.H, from Robert N. Dennis collection of stereoscopic views

We played:

Schedule

We meet every
Tuesday at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. Please let me know
by the previous Monday night if you are planning to come on
Tuesday.

We have eight people signed up to play the Walk for
Hunger
, which means we’ll be able to do
some of our old repertoire from back when we’d
get that many people. We’ll be playing from
11-4 on May 3 on Greenough Boulevard, across
from the Cambridge Cemetary.

Someone suggested that we suspend meetings for a few weeks in
response to COVAD-19. Obviously, nobody
should come if they feel that their health is
endangered. But even if we weren’t having
official meetings, I’d still want some of my
friends to come over and play music with me.
So we will continue meeting, and if the Walk
for Hunger isn’t cancelled, at least some of
us will have learned some music we can play at
it. Even if it is cancelled, I think it will
be good to pick a playlist and work on it for
a few weeks. We can probably find somewhere
to play the program if we can’t do it there.

News of the week of March 3, 2020

Walk for Hunger

The deadline for signing up to play at the Walk for Hunger is
today, Monday, March 10.

I know some of you have said verbally that you have put it on
your calendars, but I’d like to see it in writing.

The reason for this is that we are going to start working on a
set list on Tuesday, March 11, and we can’t do that without
knowing who will be playing. So please email me if you want to
play.

Meeting Report

Mozambique - traditional sailboat

We played:

Schedule

We meet every
Tuesday at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. Please let me know
by the previous Monday night if you are planning to come on
Tuesday.

News of the week of February 25, 2020

Meeting report

Vincent van Gogh - Old vineyard with peasant woman

We played:

Schedule

We meet every
Tuesday at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. Please let me know
by the previous Monday night if you are planning to come on
Tuesday. This week Monday night comes pretty early,
since on Tuesday I’ll have to get up well
before dawn to get the the polls at the crack
of dawn. If you forget and don’t let me know
before Tuesday morning, you should copy
Ishmael on your mail about your plans.

We will be playing the Walk
for Hunger
on May 3 from 11 to 4. Please
let me know by March 10 if you would like
to participate. This is less than two weeks from
today, so if you have questions about the gig,
now is the time to ask.

Tuesday, March 3 is a relatively unstructured meeting. We have
finished reading the first half of the Rore
First book of madrigals for 5 voices, and we
aren’t going to start working on the Walk for
Hunger program until Tuesday, March 10. So
think about whether there’s something you
would especially like to do for that meeting.
Since Ishmael will be running at least the
first part of the meeting, you might let him
know if there’s something you plan to request.

News of the week of February 18, 2020

Meeting Report

Johan Christian Dahl - Sailing-boat under Storm-clouds - Sjekte med seil - KODE Art Museums and Composer Homes - BB.M.00455

We played:

Schedule

We meet every
Tuesday at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. Please let me know
by the previous Monday night if you are planning to come on
Tuesday.

We will be playing the Walk
for Hunger
on May 3 from 11 to 4. Please
let me know by March 10 if you would like
to participate.

News of the week of February 11, 2020

Meeting Report

Starr-110330-3829-Chrysalidocarpus lutescens-frond and flowers-Garden of Eden Keanae-Maui (24453931363)

We played:

Schedule

We meet every
Tuesday at 7:45pm at 233 Broadway, Cambridge. Please let me know
by the previous Monday night if you are planning to come on
Tuesday.

We will be playing the Walk
for Hunger
on May 3 from 11 to 4. Please
let me know by March 10 if you would like
to participate.