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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Reading Songs

Brattleboro Sings brought together people of many generations last night in town. Though I had hoped it would take place on the town common, rain prevented it, driving the singers to the American Legion instead (which actually proved quite appropriate when singing patriotic songs like "Yankee Doodle" and  "You're a Grand Old Flag"). Song sheets helped prompt my memory on certain songs, but others are so engrained in my memory that I could join in easily. I especially loved remembering the descant to "This Land is Your Land" and singing it along with one of the song leaders, a delightful elementary music teacher. Thanks to my elementary music teacher, Mrs. McGowan, for exposing us to so many songs back in the 1970s. And thanks to Becky Graber (http://www.beckygraber.com/) and Alki Steriopoulos (http://iamalki.com/iamalki.com/ALKI_STERIOPOULOS.html) for guiding the singers last night.

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  1. Literature and music, too. Your soul is being filled with all that is good these last few days!

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    1. It has been wonderful, Kate. One other interesting thing...it was suggested that we sing "Clementine" together. When we got to "Herring boxes without tosses", people debated the words. We wondered what they were. Those are the correct words, though.

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  2. This town/community is similar to my soon to be new town...Becky Graber! We did our Master's degree together, many moons ago. She was a sweet friend, & so delightfully talented. She re-contacted me about 2 years ago...thanks to you, I went to her site & will send her a little note. In the meantime, tell her I say a big musical artistic hello! Glad you are having such fun!

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    1. How amazing, Rita! I sent her a message about your connection and our connection, and she was delighted.

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  3. What a fun way to celebrate Independence Day, even if it was a few days early. And I always thought it was "boxes without topses," as ungrammatical as that sounds.

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