Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Being Friday the First Day of February, 2109 ...

20.10 hours ...




Why do I feel a song coming on?



Actually, with many thanks to all those stalwart souls who braved the winter weather, it got better!

Roger, always inquisitive, posed a question: "In folk songs why are ships described as 'gallant'?"
Is it something to do with square-rigging?
After all, there is a sail known as the topgallant, (or t'gallant.)
That's the one immediately above the upper main topsail.
Above the t'gallant you may find a sail known as a royal and a sky-sail ...



So, where is the gallant?

Further conundra were considered ...

  • Why are the waists of fair maidens always 'small and slender'?
  • Why are fingers long and small?
  • How can a gold ring be gay?
  • Why are steeds always milk-white?

Then we went home quietly humming the tune to this song, as performed by Christopher ...

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Being Friday the 25th Day of January, 2019 ...

Lynda needed a ride across the river ...

I'll give any money!

Christopher took us to a Devon market ...

Heave down your prong and stamp along ...

Stuart brought along his friend, James ...

Go in peace!

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Being Friday the Eighteenth Day of January, 2019 ...

"By the way," says Moseley ...



Here's a Klezmer tune with a Turkish flavour ...


Delight?

We heard the bells of a famous East Anglian cathedral ...


All shall be well
... and all shall be well
... and all manner of thing shall be well.
(Julian of Norwich, circa. 1412.)

What shall we do next?
Here's a charming melody for instrumentalists, Captain O'Kane, (AKA The Wounded Hussar,) attributed to Turlough O'Carolan ...



And here's some sheet music ...


Dogsbody is having difficulty with the second part which seems to give a nod to the carol, Remember O Thou Man, before going off into a higher register.
Where is top B-flat on the squeeze-box?
Work in progress!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Being Friday the Eleventh Day of January, 2019 ...

"How can you play the guitar with fingers like that?"
asked Tony ...


"BADLY!"