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Sitting At The Kitchen Table

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Jerry Rasmussen 18 Jan 09 - 11:39 AM
BusyBee Paul 18 Jan 09 - 01:15 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 18 Jan 09 - 02:57 PM
Ron Davies 18 Jan 09 - 04:33 PM
Waddon Pete 18 Jan 09 - 05:02 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 18 Jan 09 - 05:06 PM
BusyBee Paul 18 Jan 09 - 05:29 PM
Ron Davies 18 Jan 09 - 07:05 PM
BusyBee Paul 19 Jan 09 - 03:15 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 19 Jan 09 - 05:25 PM
BusyBee Paul 19 Jan 09 - 05:38 PM
Ron Davies 19 Jan 09 - 10:29 PM
Ron Davies 19 Jan 09 - 10:32 PM
BusyBee Paul 20 Jan 09 - 07:21 AM
Rapparee 20 Jan 09 - 08:47 AM
BusyBee Paul 20 Jan 09 - 09:05 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 20 Jan 09 - 09:15 AM
BusyBee Paul 20 Jan 09 - 05:39 PM
Tootler 20 Jan 09 - 08:05 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 20 Jan 09 - 08:10 PM
maeve 21 Jan 09 - 06:04 AM
billybob 21 Jan 09 - 07:44 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 21 Jan 09 - 11:58 AM
jimmyt 21 Jan 09 - 08:19 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 21 Jan 09 - 09:05 PM
BusyBee Paul 22 Jan 09 - 05:16 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 22 Jan 09 - 12:44 PM
BusyBee Paul 23 Jan 09 - 04:50 AM
Georgiansilver 23 Jan 09 - 05:00 AM
BusyBee Paul 23 Jan 09 - 07:49 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 23 Jan 09 - 08:22 AM
Jeanie 23 Jan 09 - 08:35 AM
Tootler 23 Jan 09 - 11:55 AM
BusyBee Paul 23 Jan 09 - 12:12 PM
Jeanie 23 Jan 09 - 12:52 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 23 Jan 09 - 02:07 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 23 Jan 09 - 08:12 PM
BusyBee Paul 24 Jan 09 - 05:10 AM
maeve 24 Jan 09 - 05:22 AM
Ron Davies 24 Jan 09 - 07:46 AM
Ron Davies 24 Jan 09 - 08:08 AM
billybob 24 Jan 09 - 11:15 AM
Tootler 24 Jan 09 - 12:10 PM
Waddon Pete 24 Jan 09 - 03:30 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 24 Jan 09 - 04:09 PM
BusyBee Paul 25 Jan 09 - 09:54 AM
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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 11:39 AM

Go right ahead, Ron: I'm interested in hearing more about what you're doing. My perspective from the Men's Chorus of the black Baptist church we belong to is understandably different. For starters, we rarely sing from sheet music. That would drive a lot of people nuts who are sued to singing tightly arranged scores. When we occasionally do sing from sheet music, our Director will arbitrarily change harmony lines that he feels would sound better if done differently. On top of that, he may change a section of harmony line from practice to practice, and even sometimes within the practice. The next time you come to practice, he may change a not or two again.
That approach is perhaps why trained singers find it too frustrating, trying to sing black gospel. On top of that, some of the guys in the baritone section I sing in wander back and forth from singing the melody line to the baritone harmony, sometimes within the same song. While our director works long and hard to get each section to learn their harmony, he realizes that most of the men in the chorus are not formally trained and don't have a good ear for harmony. When one of the guys in the baritone section sings the melody for a line of a song, it just means that they're a second tenor for that line... :-)

Another great difference is that we have to be prepared to sing a song we may not have sung for many months, spur of the moment. Our Director will often decide to do a song based on a line of scripture used in the sermon. When he plays the opening introduction on piano (we never know what we're going to sing) if you're singing the lead, you'd better recognize the song after a few notes and head up to the microphone, running through the song in your head as you go. There've been times when our Director just played chords as an introduction without an obvious melody while I've sat there wondering why he was smiling at me until someone nudges me and says, "That's your lead."

All of this must sound completely foreign to being in a choral society and doing formal arrangements. It takes different skills. The emphasis in the Men's Chorus that I sing in is the message. When we learn a new song, we read the lyrics together a few times without a melody, just so that we absorb the message we are going to sing.
Spiritual harmony is probably even more important that musical harmony. That fits me fine, as a folk singer. I've heard folk singers get every word right and do elaborate, impressive accompaniments of instrumentals and never get the song.

Another thing.... plenty of another things.... Many of the songs we do require the lead singer to improvise lines of the top of their head. The Chorus will keep repeat a simple three or four word part of the chorus while the lead singer improvises lines over the backing. Only a few members of the Chorus can do that. I've had to make up words when I've forgotten them singing folk music enough times that I can do it pretty comfortably. The Director may keep the Chorus going a long time, especially if the congregation gets in the Spirit. You have to be able to keep singing another line as long as the Director keeps the Chrous going. Then when we finish the song, if the congregation is still wound up, the lead singer may be called back up to continue improvising. It's a heady experience. not for the faint of heart.

I've never sung in a choir where you have to read from sheet music, out of choice. I've leaned to read music fairly well over the years, but feel limited looking down at sheet music all the time. It's just a personal preference. I've met many wonderful singers far better than I am, who can't sing harmony unless they have sheet music to follow. That seems weird to me. What I do seems even weirder to them.

Different strokes for different folks.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 01:15 PM

Jerry,

I'm quite envious - all too often we get our heads stuck in the score trying desperately to keep the piece going!. But the end joys are the same as yours, singing in praise and in harmony (of all sorts) with your fellow singers. I was left breathless with awe after one performance of Verdi's Requiem and thought to myself "I can die happy now, it doesn't get any better than this".

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 02:57 PM

Hey, Deirdre:

I turned on the tv last night and caught Handel's Messiah, with a choir conducted by Jose Iturbi in one of the countless movies he appeared in during the '40s. I was swept away as I always am. It would be breathtaking to sing that as written. The Men's Chorus I sing in does the black version of Handel's Messiah every Christmas.
It is very powerful in its own way. Instead of a symphony orchestra lifting us, we have a single piano which is drowned out for major portions of the piece. It is one of the few that we sing from sheet music, but when we are swept away you might as well throw the music out the window. It's in our hearts.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ron Davies
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 04:33 PM

I agree with you, Jerry, about the wonderful experience it is to make music with no orchestra backing you. One of the most stunning experiences I've had in our group was when we had a black group singing with us, and at the end of the rehearsal they just stood up--all over the place, not together in a group--their basses mixed in with ours, their sopranos with ours, etc--and belted out a spiritual from memory.

In one of the songs we did for the Martin Luther King concert this year, they told us to put the music down completely and just get cues from the pianist, who was also the soloist. So we did--and it came out just fine--even with the clapping, swaying, and raising hands--which we also never do. Admittedly some of our group were fish out of water, but I love to sing getting physically into the music--heck I do it with some classical music.

Of course I love to sing doo-wop, Balkan, country, madrigals, black and white gospel, western swing, Gershwin and jazz in general, Sacred Harp, bluegrass, sea chanteys--and the list goes on.   In fact I feel pretty strongly that for non-classical music, people should not read off printed music--or out of a "folk hymnbook", i.e. Rise Up Singing. (a sore point lately, I'm sure you've noted.) Sacred Harp is the only exception--and even that is better without books, if the group can do it. As I mentioned earlier, a bunch of us used to play volleyball--and sing Sacred Harp and madrigals from memory between games.

Actually, in our Christmas concerts and some others, I prefer by far the a cappella pieces. It seems to me that an orchestra messes up the wonderfully clear sound of massed voices. By the same token I often prefer the sound we make while practicing with our pianist--when it's just him and 180 voices. Even better when it's just us with no piano.

I keep trying to get our conductor to do more a cappella pieces. With marginal success. I'm also trying to get him to knock out the orchestra at Christmas for at least one verse of a familiar carol.   I know the audience (with our assistance--and maybe just by themselves) could carry a verse without the organ--and it would sound stunning--the packed Kennedy Center Concert Hall filled with nothing but people singing. And those audiences do sing.

The problem is he's come up with a competing job for the audience--every year to learn a verse of Silent Night in the language of whichever embassy is sponsoring our Christmas concerts that year. ( It really helps for that if the "teacher" has a dry wit--as the Czech cultural attache had this year--telling the audience he was looking for high academic Czech, not the strong Prague accent they were showing.)

And I've also been trying to get our conductor to tell us--way in advance of the occasion--to get us to memorize some pieces--as most of the groups we sing with, it seems, have done..   Some of us already have--like the Randall Thompson Alleluia (for which after all the text is not too challenging--just the one word Alleluia, repeated for 10 pages.)

Among other things, we need something to sing at the drop of a hat at a big meal while one tour--especially if the host group has just sung something from memory--which has happened.


And I certainly do sympathize with you, Deirdre, about the tenor problem. For my SATB yearly carol sing, I'm a prisoner of tenors--have to schedule it on a night tenors can make it.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 05:02 PM

When the hairs go up on the back of your neck....you know you're doing it right!


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 05:06 PM

On a smaller scale, In the first six years of the Gospel Messengers, I went through three tenors. For the last five years, I have not been able to find an acceptable replacement. The two singers I tried immediately insisted on changing all the arrangements to sound more contemporary, assuming that we were too muddle-brained to figure out anything more complicated than plain old four part harmony. That didn't work out at all. One of the oddities with both of the flushed tenors was that they tried to get my friend Joe who is one of the finest bass singers I've ever heard, to sing high tenor, while I sang the bass. I had a third tenor who expressed some interest but made it clear that he didn't like our harmonies and that we'd need a lot of work (by someone as gifted as him, of course,) to ever amount to anything.

Trio singing works fine.

After all, it wasn't the Kingston Quartet, or Peter Paul, Fred, and Mary.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 05:29 PM

Hey Jerry, if only I was closer! LOL!

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ron Davies
Date: 18 Jan 09 - 07:05 PM

Yup, it is somewhat of a problem. Tenors really can write their own tickets.   Sometimes, unfortunately, they know this--and figure the rest of the world should organize around them--including changing everything it has done up to now.


I thought the joke went:   

Q: How many sopranos does it take to screw in a light bulb?

A :   One. She stands there holding the bulb and the world revolves around her.

But maybe sopranos get a bad rap.   Maybe it should be tenors.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 03:15 AM

Watch it, Ron. Any more jokes like that and we'll take our ball and go play on our own!

LOL!!!!!!

It's so nice to feel wanted......... :-)

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 05:25 PM

My only experience with tenors is in male choruses and quartets. I've always assumed that female tenors were vivacious, witty, modest, exciting, extremely gifted and stunningly beautiful.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 05:38 PM

LOL, Jerry! Spot on, mate!   (I wish.....)

;-)

Just back from a choral rehearsal in Lincoln - I'm helping Lincoln Choral Society at their next concert at the end of March - it's Verdi Requiem, to be performed in Lincoln Cathedral. Great piece and a superb venue (if more than a little chilly at any time of year!).

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ron Davies
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 10:29 PM

Well Deirdre, if it's the Verdi, that should warm anybody up.   Doesn't he talk about "in flammis"? It's a hot piece--lots of writhing, threatening people with "Dies Irae", pits to fall into, etc, as I recall.

Re: tenors: My only problem is that there seem to be very few of them--and they're really busy. Actually, as the saying goes, some of my best friends are tenors--and altos, sopranos, and basses. I did ask a tenor to come to my SATB caroling and he told me he'd been reserved a year in advance for that date.. So I reserved him for this coming December. I did find two who were willing to come. (But one says he is now a baritone).

In fact I got drafted to sing tenor myself in a Telemann piece--one in a never-ending series of "Telemannsters"-- by the leader of my old madrigal group.   He had been asked to re-write the music to raise the tenor part so a former alto could do it. She said it was too high, so he re-wrote it again lower. Then she had to have an operation so she couldn't make it to the service where it was to be performed. So he called me.   I sure don't have a tenor voice--but I have a strong falsetto and can carry the part.   He said it came out fine. But that was a small group.

And my "tenor" who had come for the caroling was a baritone for this year's "Telemannster".   So it was virtual role reversal.

I actually find my voice has sunk. Low E's and D's are much easier than ever.   So it's only the falsetto that gives me any kind of decent range. God bless the Beach Boys.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ron Davies
Date: 19 Jan 09 - 10:32 PM

And you're right, Jerry, about female tenors. One in Choral Arts is a principal in a school and just got an award for her leadership.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 07:21 AM

Low E's and D's I can manage. I can bounce off a low C but don't sing it as a sustained note (last page or so of Verdi Requiem). I've even bounced off a low B before now.......

Hope it's just my voice that's dropping........!

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Rapparee
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 08:47 AM

Deidre, you say your voice is changing?


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 09:05 AM

Yes Rapaire, it's getting lower, probably through more use at the low range. I'm certainly now not able to sing higher notes, I struggle above the C above middle C. In fact after "top" D, there is no more!. Still, I suppose 2 full octaves isn't bad.

At least I haven't had to start shaving, so it can't be hormonal! Although, joking apart, at my age that MAY have something to do with it :-)

Deirdre

(You're up early, aren't you?)


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 09:15 AM

My voice changes from morning to evening. If I practice songs in the morning for an evening concert, I often find I'm stronger on the lowest notes in the morning, and have trouble at the top fo my range.

Just for a quantum shift here, I had surgery on my leg yesterday, and it's worth commenting. Six years ago I went to have a small mole removed on the corner of my mouth. I kept nicking it when I shaved and it would start bleeding without advanced, written notice. I was having a lot of trouble with it and was scheduled to do a concert, so I didn't want it to start bleeding while I was performing. It was a quick, office snip-off. After the snipping, my Doctor showed me a pamphlett about moles and what to look for. If a mole changes appeareance, enlarges, or gets a poorly definied margin, you should have it checked. I remembered that these last six years, and a couple of months ago a mole on the back of my leg started itching like crazy. When I'd scratch it, it would bleed. I left it alone and thought it would heal but the itching never went away. I couldn't really see clearly if it had cchanged in appearance, because it's on the bnck of my leg and hard to see. I went to my Doctor, and he sent me to a specialist, who removed the mole and sent it for a biopsy. It came back positive. I had melanoma, a variety of skin cancer. If you catch melanoma early, there is close to a 100% rate of cure. If it gets too far along, it can mestasize and spread cancer throughout your body and be fatal.
Yesterday, they cut out the skin around the area where my mole was removed, taking out about an inch and a half of skin. They will do a biopsy on it, and if they got all the melanoma cells out, the chance of any future problems will be verging on nill, although they'll monitor me for two years. If there are still cancer cells along the margin, they'll cut another quarter of an inch of skin off and sew it up again. They would keep doing this until they are positive they've removed all cancer cells.
I mention this because it's something everyone should know. This is an extreme case of the importance of early detection that can make the difference between a minor operation or death at the other extreme. Tuck it in the back of your mind and remember it, will you? I wish I had known more about this so that I could have caught mine earlier, although all three doctors think I have an excellent chance of having removed all traces with the operation I had yesterday. I won't be sure until they do the biopsy, but I am very hopeful. If there are still cells to be removed, they'll be removed.
I'm feeling very thankful today.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 05:39 PM

Fingers crossed for you Jerry.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Tootler
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 08:05 PM

Best of luck, Jerry.

I was diagnosed with bowel cancer almost 3 years ago. I went to the doc when it became obvious the symptoms I had were not going to clear up and luckily for me it was detected early enough to be dealt with. I had surgery to remove the section of bowel and fortunately the tumor had not penetrated right through the bowel wall so it looks like I have been lucky. I am still under observation, but no signs of a recurrence so far, so fingers crossed...

It certainly made me think and I don't take my health for granted any longer.

One downside - getting travel insurance now is a real problem. The moment they see either cancer or heart troubles, they immediately double or even treble the premium, even though you are clear and unlikely to take that into account. It's just knee jerk. We had to cancel a planned holiday in the USA as they were asking more for health insurance than the whole trip was going to cost.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 20 Jan 09 - 08:10 PM

Hey, Geoff:

Glad to hear that you've had recurrence.

I got a call this afternoon from my old friend Art Thieme. He just wanted to share this special inauguration day with me. It's been awhile since we've talked, and I was out when he called. I called him back and we had a wonderful, leisurely talk. He had melanoma many years ago, and it was caught early with no recurrence. I expect that mine will be the same, so I am not worried about it. I'll have an ugly scar for awhile on the back of my calf, but I'm far beyond worrying about something like that. No more runway modelling of swimming trunks for me. At least not for a few months.

I can live with that...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: maeve
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 06:04 AM

Tootler- Glad you have had no signs of a return of the cancer.

Jerry- Thank you for taking care of yourself.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: billybob
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 07:44 AM

Positive thoughts Jerry x
Thanks for sharing, that information is very important. In my job I often ask clients have they asked their doctor about moles? I tend to be the first person they consult. It is always worth following up and usually everything is ok, but it is so important not to ignore these things.
The new baby is doing well and her "big" sister Scarlett is mummy's little helper!
Ran out of champagne, but a coffee will be great.
Wendy


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 11:58 AM

Hey, Geoff:

Stupid typo: I meant to type that I was glad that you've had no recurrence of the cancer. Reminds me of a story I read about the trouble that was caused when a daughter addressed a letter to her mother titled "Dead Mom." Typos can be injurious to your health.

Today, we're luxuriating in the warmth of Obama's inauguration. What a great day for the world. I realize that he is not God, but we rejoice in the hope that he brings not only to the United States, but to the world.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: jimmyt
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 08:19 PM

Hello all! I haqve several items to throw around here at the kitchen table! Jayne and I went to New Orleans this past weekend for a weding. It was absolutely lovely, the reception was superb, the food good, the drink excellent, and just about 10 pm when we thought things were winding down, there appeared a "2nd Line "band, a New Orleans dixieland band that normally plays funerals. Now adays they have discovered there is a steady income playing at weddings. We were paraded throught New Orleans, police excort, crossed canal street, 6 lanes plus street car tracks all stopped by police as our parade went to the French Quarter. About 150 started and well over 300 in the parade as it processed up0 Bourbon Street. One of those neat musical experiences to have thew authentic old 2nd line dixieland players. I got right up with the band and if I could have gotten a trumpet, katie bar the door!

We got home Sunday at 5 pm and had a full rehearsal with complete sound equipment in our living room at 7 pm My do-wop group has a Friday and Saturday night gig, and it is so, so fun to be singing that stuff again! We now have a great accompanist, and let the record show Ihave had trouble gettin the right accompanist as Jerry has a tenor! THis one is terrific. I will try to post some photos somewhere if possible.

My lead singer is recovering from COlon Cancer and has recently had recurrences in both lungs and is in the middle of chemo right now. He has a bad week and a good week. Our performance is in the good weekend and we hope all will be well. To add to this, his brother , a local police officer , committed suicide 10 daysago and there is a cloud of suspicion with some allegations of some sexual improprities he might have had prior to the suicide. It has really been tough on Billy.

On a brighter note, there is a Utube site you should check out, Look under " stand By Me," and change for good. As I have had this explained to me, the concept was a producer organized this so that a single guitar street performer in New Orleans started " Stand By me." This went into a computer and was instantly uplinked to other street performers all over the world and in real time they were singing along or playing. It is absolutely phenominal! Go see it!   The grampa character ( secondperformer) is a wonderful street performer in New Orleans and I talked with him about it last weekend. He is a blins man who can sing and really play the harp! GIve it a look!

My office is absolutely having a great month. My staff is so motivated it is hard to see any slowdown at all. I have agreed to "coach' anyone in my staff that wonts it, to get them out of credit card debt and on the right road to financial freedom. I have 6 of the 7 taking mwe up on it, and it is terrific to see the enthusiasm they have toward eliminating their debt. I will keep you abreast of this issue. Anyway, I have rambled enough this post. Hope you all have a nice evening! jimmyt


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 21 Jan 09 - 09:05 PM

How great to hear from you, Jimmy! Yes, someone sent me the link to Stand By Me. It is a truly remarkable video. Try this link. http://playingforchange.com
I still havn't figured out how to do blue clickys.
Sorry to hear about the serious problems you have in your group, jimmy. Verrry sorry.

Very Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 22 Jan 09 - 05:16 AM

That all sounds wonderful about the wedding, Jimmyt. Positive thoughts with Billy.

And great that your staff are being so pro-active about clearing their debts too. It's about time the media started to talk up the mood, not depress it further.

I'm hoping this current phase will put the humanity back into "human" and make people readdress their lifestyles and attitudes into something less materialistic.

That said, will someone pass the cookies, please?!

Deirdre.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 22 Jan 09 - 12:44 PM

Earlier this week, I joined Facebook at the request of a friend. There are quite a few Catters on there, and it first it was great fun. Now, the fun is fading fast. I know there are some in here who are Facebookers who frequent this thread. What I find so limiting about it is that what passes for conversations are one sentence (or if someone is feeling verbose, two sentence posts every day or so.
The kitchen table it ain't. I'm quickly finding a distinct resemblance between collecting friends of Facebook with keeping a list of all the birds I've seen, back when I was a semi-serious bird watcher. The only other comparison that comes to mind is collecting baseball cards, except that there's more information on the back of a baseball card than many folks on Facebook post. Besides, if you had a few clothes pins you could clip your baseball cards to the spokes on the wheel of your bike and make it sound like a motorcyle.

Anyone else have any thoughts about Facebook. It's pleasant enough, but I really enjoy getting to know people. That's hard to do reading one sentence every two or three days.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 04:50 AM

I signed on Facebook ages ago as a friend used it and wanted to send me stuff. But I didn't like all the requests to do "games" and found it easier to keep in contact with my friend by phone and email!. I couldn't remember my login and password now if I tried - and I've no inclination to try either.

So, I'll stick to the 'Cat, email and Myspace thank you very much, especially as the snacks here are so good (and non-fattening).

From a very soggy Gainsborough,
Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 05:00 AM

Jerry, when you are on facebook, at the bottom right of your page there is a box which tells you how many friends are online.... click on the box and a list of their names appears..... if you then click on a name a 'chat' box will appear and you can type a message to them direct... if they are ready to have a conversation they will happily reply. Would be happy to have a chat with you whenever. Best wishes, Mike.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 07:49 AM

Hi Mike,

You're still in the land of the liveing - long time, no see!

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 08:22 AM

Thanks for the tip, Mike. That sounds more my speed. I'd enjoy chatting with you and will keep my eye open for you.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jeanie
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 08:35 AM

Hi all ! I'm an occasional visitor to the table these days...but how great to discover some old and new faces in here today.

Long time, no see, Jimmy ! I'm pleased to hear your group is still in business. Very sorry to hear about the health difficulties with one of your band members - hope all will soon be well. That sounds like a wonderful experience in New Orleans ! I wonder, are you still finding time for acting ? I was the formidible Mrs. Violet Venable ( in a Tennessee Williams play) not long ago and had great fun learning the upper class New Orleans accent. Next play was a Neil Simon, so had to switch to Noo Yoorwak. Thank goodness for all the accent CDs and online resources that are around these days.

I'm so glad that your mole has been treated so promptly, Jerry. Wishing you the very best for a speedy recovery. I've just joined Facebook too - last Saturday, in fact, after a friend invite. Look at your facebook messages - I would love to chat to you on there. I'm only very new to it, but I can see that it can be fun - and as well as those one-sentence messages that you mention, you can also send longer messages (like the PMs on here) as well as the chat facility that Georgiansilver mentioned. I think it's a great way to share photos and news.

Must leave the table and get back to work now. I made too much Marmite drink, so help yourselves (those Marmite addicts amongst you - it's an acquired taste, as they say....)

- jeanie


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Tootler
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 11:55 AM

Hello Jerry,

Don't worry about the typo. We all do it.

I didn't watch Obama's inauguration - I was out at the time and anyway, he is your president, not ours. However, his election has generally been received very positively over here. He looks to be getting off to a good start. Long may it continue. I feel his heart is in the right place. He will make mistakes; we all do, but as long as he doesn't lose sight of his principles I feel he will be fine.

Not much doing here just now. Our recorder group have just started rehearsing for a concert we are giving in April. We are also hosting the Society of Recorder Players Annual festival in April this year. That is a national event, so we are going to be busy over the next few months.

I filled in my tax return yesterday - it had to be done by the end of the month. I was somewhat underpaid. Not by too much but money I would rather not have had to lay out.

Well having had an excellent cup of cybercoffee, I think I will sign out and go and have a cup of the real stuff.

Geoff


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 12:12 PM

Hi Jeanie, I'll help out with the Marmite drink, if I may.

:-)

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jeanie
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 12:52 PM

Busybee - glad the Marmite found a good home.

Aaah, Tootler, the dreaded Tax Return...It's a lovely feeling when it's all been done, isn't it ? My self-employed Tax Year runs from October to October, so technically I have plenty of time to prepare and submit my accounts to the Revenue, but I put it off every year, and it's become an annual ritual now to do them between Christmas and New Year. It's funny, because once I get going on the paperwork, I actually quite enjoy it. Feeling very relieved now because I went to the bank this afternoon to pay my dues -it reminds me of the kind of feeling after sitting the last set of exams at school....temporary freedom, until the inevitable next time that comes round all too soon. In fact, the whole tax form thing reminds me very much of school - that must be why everyone I know dreads doing them so much !

- jeanie


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 02:07 PM

I've heard that Marmite is made by placing a marmot in a blender. Is that really true? It sounds cruel.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 23 Jan 09 - 08:12 PM

Hallelujah!!!!!!!!
I just got a call from the surgeon informing me that the half a dollar sized piece of skin they removed around my mole was 100% clean. Now its only a matter of being careful so that the incision heals completely (which requires my resting with my leg elevated much more than I've been doing.) It's too awkward to do that while on the computer, but I'll be in and out. Just wanted to share the great news.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 05:10 AM

Jerry! Hallelujah indeed! That is brilliant news. Just keep resting and gently exercising until all is healed. I do love hearing good news. :-)

Marmite and marmots - LOL! Actually, it's a byproduct of beer brewing and I like to do all I can to suport said industry, especially in the current economic downturn. So, drinking beer and eating marmite is A GOOD THING. (That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!).

Oh well, it's Saturday morning, 10am and I've done absolutely nothing yet - best get on with my chores. I'll stop by later for a restorative cup of coffee ebfore heading northwards for Kirkby Fleetham Folk Club this evening.

Ain't life grand?.

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: maeve
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 05:22 AM

That is wonderful news, Jerry.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ron Davies
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 07:46 AM

Jerry--that's just fantastic news that you caught the melanoma so early and dealt with it.


And thanks for the tip. As usual, I'm not the one who has to really pay attention to a health warning--but Jan was just mentioning that she's concerned about what looks to me like a large pimple. (And at this point, all she's getting from the humira injections, which are to stop the degenerative spine disease caused by her own immune system attacking her, are bad side effects--like constant fatigue and and a constant sore throat, aggravated by her asthma. The result of which is she can't sing--which is really frustrating to both of us.)

Her doctors say it could be either up to 3 months or up to 6 months before she sees any improvement--if she does at all.

And the kids she takes care of---which is the main thing keeping her going, I'm convinced--ask her to sing or tell stories using her various accents--including characters like a Scottish buffalo or an Irish manatee.   Which she loves to do but is finding it progressively more difficult.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Ron Davies
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 08:08 AM

Jimmy--

Congratulations on being part of that wedding.   

And especially, thanks, thanks, ever so much for that tip about "Stand By Me" That is just so indescribably wonderful--to hear and see people from all over the world--New Orleans, Russia, South Africa, Italy and more---playing and singing the same great song.

I think that may well deserve its own thread--every Mudcatter should be told of the opportunity to see and hear it.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: billybob
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 11:15 AM

So glad all is well Jerry.
Wendy


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Tootler
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 12:10 PM

I'm glad to hear you are clear, Jerry. Look after yourself. I saw my troubles as a wake up call and tend to be more willing to go to the Doc these days.

Spent the morning playing my Contrabass Recorder at the North East Recorder Orchestra's monthly meeting in Newcastle. Played some interesting music. A mixture of material composed specifically for a large recorder group and arrangements of pieces from various eras. We are due to give a concert in Morpeth in May, so we are starting to practice the pieces for that.

I shall be going to the White Hart at Mickleby this evening. I've been to Kirby Fleetham but before they had to move when the pub shut. It's a good club, but I prefer a singaround. You can't be all that far from me Deirdre. I live at Marton, just on the southern Edge of Middlesbrough.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 03:30 PM

Hello Jerry,

That is very good news indeed! I hope the leg heals up well so that you can take up Morris Dancing again! One of the great things about Mudcat is that by sharing experiences we can all be the wiser. I had a scare a few years ago...thankfully sorted, but it is always good to be reminded.

Has all the Marmite gone? You can use Bovril in the same way. Super when you are fed up with tea and coffee and want to be warm on a cold day.

We had a great night at the folk club last night and the main artist was Flossie Malavialle. She was superb and, as often happens, she said something that made me think. She said that Folk Clubs were a peculiarly English phenomenon. You just don't find them elsewhere in the same way as you find them in our part of the world. Now, from some of the discussions that have gone on round this table, I have learned fascinating facts about weddings in New Orleans, choirs and musical gatherings in all sorts of places as well as the gentle mayhem that Jerry has created over the years. So......if any of you are in any doubt as to what a folk club is really like........pass the cookies and I'll spill the beans!

You don't want to believe all you read on some of the more extravagant threads!

Our village cricket team put on a cooked breakfast in the village hall for a fund-raising effort. It went very well, tasted delicious and raised some valuable funds. Full English.......Mmmmmm!

Interesting thoughts about using facebook to chat. Much the better option is to use Skype. It's free and you can also see each other in real time if you have a web cam! Scary!

Best wishes,


Peter


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 24 Jan 09 - 04:09 PM

For a look into a perhaps unfamiliar musical environment, my gospel group has been invited to participate in the Men's Chorus of Shiloh Baptist Churches Anniversary. We've done these countless times, and they are always a great experience. Each group that comes does two songs. At Shiloh, the program starts at 6 p.m. and can go close to midnight, two songs at a time. There are often fifteen or twenty groups participating. Those who are not singing make an enthusiastic audience, often singing along unprompted. Musicians from one group often support another, and the quality of the music ranges from superb to sincerely trying to do the best they can. Groups range from a dozen singers down to one, depending on who makes it. And then everyone is invited to join the next church's anniversary.

I'm looking forward to it.

And as always, I'll be the only white guy there...

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 09:54 AM

Hi Tootler,

Good evening at Kirkby Fleetham but very low attendance. I'm further from you than you might have thought - I'm in Lincolnshire so KFFC is a 2 hour drive for me!. Kat and Dan (from Newcastle University) were great - I hadn't come across them before. Brother Crow were flying high and put quite a few new songs into the sets. I'm looking forward to the Winter Warmer Weekend. The village hall works well as a venue, perhaps you'll come and see for yourself soon?.

Hope everyone else around the table is having a good Sunday.

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Tootler
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 05:19 PM

Hello Deirdre,

I wish I had realised Kat and Dan were at KFFC. I might have gone over. I know Kat as she runs the Silver Folk at the Sage on Tuesday afternoons which I go to.

Nevertheless it was a good night at Mickleby. The regular singarounds are usually good with a good selection of regulars and a good mix of songs, mostly trad or trad related.

Your evening at Shiloh sounds interesting, Jerry.


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 05:37 PM

Hi Tootler,

See the KFFC Winter Warmer Weekend thread - perhaps you can make it or part of it at least?.

Jerry, when is your Shiloh evening? Anytime soon?.

Deirdre


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 09:34 PM

It's February 28th, Deirdre. I'm getting together with the other Gospel Messengers, my friends Joe and Frankie (who Noreen, Carole formerly of Sussex, Theresa, the late Colin and still missed greatly and Terry Silver (Leadfingers on Mudcat Cafe) all had the chance to meet and sing with. The years are taking their toll on Joe and Frankie, who are 84 and 82, so we don't get together to sing much anymore. This will be a good reason to make the effort. If it doesn't snow. We've had to cancel two practices because of bad weather.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Sitting At The Kitchen Table
From: BusyBee Paul
Date: 27 Jan 09 - 04:15 AM

Morning Jerry,

Ah yes, snow. I've been in Utah (and Yellowstone) in the snow and it does get rather chilly and difficult to travel, doesn't it!. Of course, when we have snow here in the UK, everything grinds to a halt - even if it's only an inch or two. LOL!.

I've met Carole and Terry and I'm sure that I crossed festivals with Colin on many an occasion. Hope all goes well for the 28th Feb.

It's a bright morning here in the East Midlands, with just a touch of frost forming as the sun came up. Maybe spring is on its way.

I'm at work but I think it's time to put the kettle on again............

Deirdre


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