Notes and Reflections from our Thursday Night Sing

A group of women come together to sing each Thursday night at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California. These are our notes and reflections.

Monday, November 29, 2010


Hi Ladies,

I just got home from my friend Sarah Wilson's cd release at Yoshi's and was so inspired by the improvisations! I think it would be fun to try a simple improv by creating percussion parts as the foundation and each of us adding horn parts on top. It could be really hilarious! (in the good way) Even car horns...

I wanted to share this version of Testimony, sung by Sweet Honey in the Rock. It's in our songbook, so we could sing it on Thursday evening. I love all of the pictures of Sweet Honey over the years...

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New songs for this week.

A gypsy friend of mine, who would travel each year from Canada to Mexico to skip the cold, taught me this song while sitting on a sunny beach.

A smooth version of a song we have been working on.

To add to our songs from the sea:

A folk song from Ecuador.  Loosely translated:  "I want you to bury me as my ancestors were buried:  In the earth, dark and a clay vessel".  I love the haunting harmonies in this version.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

We will begin to arrange this song this week, so I wanted everyone to hear the original version:

A very ROOTS version of Yonder Come Day:

The same song arranged for a young choir: