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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Late Palm Sunday Concert

Welcome to the annual Late Palm Sunday Concert.  Tonight, me at the Casio WK-3800, as always, and with three Palm Sunday tunes (hymn titles in parentheses):

1. All Hallows (Outside the Holy City): George C. Martin, 1891.
         All Hallows--Lee Hartsfeld, using Casio WK-3800's piano tone
2. St. Theodulph (All Glory, Laud, and Honor): Melchior Teschner, 1615.
         St. Theodulph--Lee Hartsfeld, using Casio WK-3800's piano and organ tones
3. Palm Sunday (There Was a Time When Children Sang): Karl Pomeroy Harrington, 1905.
         Palm Sunday--Lee Hartsfeld, using Casio WK-3800's piano, harp, recorder, etc. tones

Sheet music courtesy of the great Cyber Hymnal, as in the real Cyber Hymnal, which can be found here: Cyber Hymnal.  Unfortunately, they were domain-name-swiped a while back, so now they show up, url-wise, as Hymntime.  Always check to see if you're at the real place or the facsimile.  


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I got an answer. Wow.

4shared instructed me on how to deactivate my account.  I did.

I received this notice:  "Your account has been deleted but we will keep your files for 30 days in case you reconsider.  You can reactivate your account at any time within 30 days by logging back in.  Hopefully, you will return to using our service."

Ha-haaaa, ho ho!, hee hee!  HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAA!!, etc.

Absurd ain't even the word

I haven't been linking to anything at my 4shared account, yet I got a second nastygram informing me that my Granville Elementary School Christmas concert post (1964) is infringing on someone's copyright.  You can't make this stuff up, you really can't.

I deleted all files from my account and asked them to close/undo my account--probably to no avail, since it would require that someone read my note and respond in a manner consistent with its content.  You don't get that kind of personal service in Internet Land.  Anyway, I told them (quote): "I don't want to get a volation notice for any molecules still residing there."  Don't laugh.  It's entirely within the realm of possibility.

A 1964 Granville Elementary Christmas concert--wow.  Someone was losing his or her shirt over my long-unlinked-to post.  You'll recall that my first form-letter nastygram from 4Shared concerned a playlist that included (brace yourself) a 1950 Merv Griffin Christmas disc.  I think I've got it--Somebody holds the patent to "Christmas"!  The word, I mean.

And it's probably the Freedom from Religion Foundation.  They're more obsessed with the holiday than anyone else I know.

Anyway, 4Shared is the single most ludicrous and abusive experience of my Internet time.  Their pages are abominably badly laid out, causing confusion (and bucku pop up ads) for anyone trying to download anything from them, and you're pretty much screwed if you, say, upload anything.  In other words, if you use the service as designed.  This is pretty much the rule with 21st century technology--use it, and you're in violation of something.  Yeah, well, how come the INVENTORS of said technology aren't getting the notices?  I didn't create the dang Internet; I'm just using it.

This crap started with audio technology of the Sixties (buy an expensive tape deck, but don't tape anything!!!), progressing to the nameless idiocy of the VCR era, wherein units designed to tape stuff off of TV were not to be used for taping stuff off of TV.  At this rate, technology as we know it will implode and cease to exist, because we'll have designed it solely to not be used.  It's unreal.

Ah, all the amazing new devices and apps.  But don't you dare USE them, naughty consumers!

So, if you hate yourself a lot, go sign up for a 4Shared (or is it 4shared) "account."  Or, better yet, sign up your worst enemies.


Sunday, March 23, 2014

Sunday songbook concert, featuring me at the keyboard

The first seven selections on this playlist (featuring me at the cutting-edge Casio WK-3800) are from the book pictured above, which is my beat-up copy of the abridged version of 1865's  Worship in the School Room.  The really cool thing about this songbook? That it was intended for use in Freedmen's Schools!  I only recently found out the year of this collection, since mine is without a title page.  Thank you, Internet.

The seven selections are: Ives; Oh, Shall I Wear a Starless Crown; The Land Above; Shining Shore; Oliphant; We'll Not Give Up the Bible; and Radiance.  The longer titles are text titles, and the shorter are tune titles. All credits are composer credits.  Now you know.

The other selections--mainly 20th century pop hymns by such gospel wizards as Charles H. Gabriel and B.D. Ackley--are from a host of other hymnals and songbooks cluttering my bookshelves.  And there's a 17th-century chorale by (I think) Samuel Scheidt.  I'm mostly sure it's him, but it's from a photocopy, and I neglected to write down the composer's name.  But I'm very nearly on the cusp of being mostly positive it's a Samuel Scheidt arrangement.

And there's a hymnbook version of Pictures from Life's Other Side, attributed (words and tune) to Thoro Harris and copyrighted 1930.  Seeing as how 1) the tune goes back at least as far as the late 1800s, and 2) Smith's Sacred Singers had a huge hit with it in 1926, the 1930 copyright and the Harris credit are likely banana oil.  And, in fact, I followed it up with an 1896 version of Pictures credited (words and tune) to Chas. E. Baer.  Could it be the original?  Dunno.  Same text as Harris; different (but similar) tune.

These are all played straight from the songbooks, i.e. as written.  However, I was creative with the tone choices--hence, piano/organ combinations, tubas, banjo, guitar, flute, etc.   The most "authentic" renderings of these pieces would be vocal, of course, since they were all written for SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass).  Hymns as written make dynamite quartet and glee club selections, accompanied or otherwise.  Download today:  The Land Above

Oh, Shall I Wear a Starless Crown (T.E. Perkins)
The Land Above (Rev. Alfred Taylor)
Shining Shore (George W. Root, 1856)
Oliphant (Arr. Lowell Mason, 1832)
We'll Not Give Up the Bible
If Your Heart Keeps Right (B.D. Ackley, c. 1912)
The Way of the Cross Is the Way (Gabriel, 1917)
Ich dich hab ich gehoffet Herr (Samuel Scheidt?)
In the Light of Jesus' Smile (Gabriel, 1921)
My Master Was a Worker (Barnby, 1889)
How Firm a Foundation (Tune: Protection; Arr. R.M. McIntosh)
Pictures from Life's Other Side (Thoro Harris, 1930)
Pictures from Life's Other Side (Chas. E. Baer, 1896)
Sound the Battle Cry (Wm. F. Sherwin, 1869)

Lee Hartsfeld on his Casio WK-3800; multi-tracking done on Sonar X2 software; editing and effects on Magix Audio Cleaning Lab MX.