Spring is Sprung

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Lots of indications. Pictured is the first dandelion. There
are other flowers that we planted on purpose, but the dandelion
decided to grow and bloom on its own.

My bedroom windows have a northeast exposure, so half the year
they don’t get direct sunlight. Yesterday was the first day I
woke up to sunlight streaming in my window. I intended to take a
picture, but didn’t think of it until later in the day. And this
morning it was too cloudy to tell whether there was direct
sun.

Maia’s new dog license arrived. In Cambridge they expire on
April 1, so the new license is a harbinger of Spring.

The birds are making, “Goody, Goody, here’s a nesting site!”
noises. This means I have to remember to renew the duct tape over
the vent for the bathroom fan, and play the bathroom vuvuzela very
loudly at frequent intervals. Otherwise they decide that’s a good
nesting site, and when the babies start moving around, they can go
in the wrong direction.

I’ll be posting every day while the plague restrictions are in
force. I do this from time to time when I’m feeling depressed or
unproductive. See 59th-year and
circa63 for
previous examples.

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.

News of the week of February 4, 2020

Meeting report

Cretaceous sedimentary rocks intruded by a Miocene granite laccolith

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 early March if you would like
to participate.

News of the week of January 28, 2020

Meeting Report

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 early March if you would like
to participate.

News of the week of January 21, 2020

Meeting report

Petrarch, Laura, and Cupid

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 early March if you would like
to participate.

Upcoming concerts

There will be a Gabrielli concert organized by Bodie Pfost on
Sunday, January 26 at 7:30 pm at the First
Lutheran Church of Boston, 299 Berkeley
Street.

In
Stile Moderno
will be playing their
concert “Dilettare e
muovere: Virtuoso Performances of the Sixteenth Century” on Friday,
February 7, at the Friends Meeting House, 5
Longfellow Park, Cambridge.

News of the week of January 14, 2020

Meeting report

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.

Save the date

[Walk for Hunger, May 2019]

The Walk for Hunger
people have already asked if we want to play this
year on the first Sunday in May. I asked as people were going out the door
last week and there were no cries of “Not on your
life”, so I have told them we will.

For those who don’t know, the Walk for Hunger brings out
30-40,000 people who walk by the spot where we
play on the banks of the Charles River, on the
Cambridge-Watertown line. When it’s good May
weather, it’s delightful, but we do ask people to
commit to playing even if it rains or snows.

They’ve already sent me the form to fill out about how many
people are playing and what size t-shirts they
wear.

I won’t expect a definite commitment until we actually start
rehearsing, but if you think now that it’s
something you would want to do on Sunday, May 3
from 11am to 4pm, let me know. If you don’t want
me to make up a t-shirt size for you, tell me
that, too.

The last few years we’ve been playing on Tuesdays with a fairly small
group, so we’ve welcomed ringers to come perform
with us even if they couldn’t come to very many
rehearsals. This year we are blessed with a
number of enthusiastic new members, so I think
we’ll have the luxury of performing with the same
people we rehearse with.

So my current plan is to spend a fair amount of March and April
rehearsing a 45 minute program. If you’ve played
with us before and already know a lot of our
music, you should plan to come to the Tuesday,
April 28th rehearsal, and hopefully one or two
more. If you don’t know our repertoire, you
should sign up only if you think you can come on
a substantial number of Tuesdays in March and April.