Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Din klara sol går åter opp / "Again, Thy glorious sun doth rise" -- a Swedish psalm for ____ Baptist Church in Moline


Augustana Synod Hymnal (1901).

Adolf Fredriks Bachkör [Bach choir]. Directed by Anders Öhrwall. The melody is German and from 1710," says YouTube user stigekalder, Niels Brandt, who also maintains a website of Bach quotations. "Possibly the composer is Johan Georg Christian Störl (1675-1719). The text is in the Swedish Psalm Book."

info about hymn here

Rejmyre Musikkår [town band in Reijmyre]. At an open-air service on Ascension Day in the spring of 2011.

In 2014, the Sverige Vår Historia (Sweden, Our History) Facebook community posted the hymn and asked members if they had sung it in school, and 35 or 40 recalled it fondly. "Before classes began," said one. "To a tired old pump organ that puffed up the tones." Another was more positive about the "piano-organ" in her classroom, as "there sat fröken (teacher, lit. miss) playing it while we sang. Sounds like 100 years ago, but only half that long!" Emil i Lönneberga.

Nordiska psalmodikonförbundet. A selection from their CD. NPsF is a revival group in Stockholm. In comments, viewer Ann-Sofie Nilsson writes, "My grandmother Klara used to play and sing this song for me when I was a child, her brother Sigvard was the last one in a long line of psalmodikon builders in our family he was the 7 or 8 generation. I never thought that I would hear someone play it again thank you so much it was lovely.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Hallelujah Chorus with flash cards in Quinhagak, Alaska

Quinhagak is a Native (Yup'ik) village on Kuskokwim Bay of the Bering Sea in western Alaska.

Hallelujah Chorus - Quinhagak, Alaska. Hallelujah Chorus - Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat 5th Grade - Quinhagak, Alaska

According to Wikipedia, Quinhagak is a major archaeological site for the study of Yup'ik culture, with artifacts dating back to 1350 AD. Today it "hosts a commercial fishing industry and cannery" that attracts seasonal workers in the summer. Wikipedia adds:

Most Quinhagak households practice subsistence hunting and gathering in addition to any wage work they are able to find, utilizing the village's excellent location for salmon and trout fishing, bird, caribou, and moose hunting, and berry picking. Much of the work available is government-funded (through the Lower Kuskokwim School District, which runs the local school, or through the Native Village of Kwinhagak) or seasonal (commercial fishing and/or canning).

It's a long way to the lower Kuskokwim from Fishamble Street in Dublin, but think Georg Frideric Handel would be proud of what these kids, and their elders, have done with his music.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Going out to Clayville to play "Going Down to Cairo" (among other tunes) this weekend at Clayville's spring festival

Blast email sent this afternoon to my Clayville Pioneer Academy of Music and Prairieland Strings lists.

Hi everybody --

We're on the schedule to play at the Clayville Spring Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. (or till we decide to wander off and get a bratwurst or something) Saturday and Sunday. If you've done this before, you know playing a festival isn't a performance. It's very relaxed, and a lot of fun. If you haven't, don't worry -- this festival is very neighborly, and playing a festival is the best way I know of to start getting some experience playing for the public. Either way, bring a chair if you want to sit down. We'll just find a spot somewhere under a tree. Admission is $5, but it's waived if you're carrying an instrument case. Park in the visitors' lot just west of Clayville Historic Site, on Ill. 125 at Pleasant Plains, and tell the folks at the ticket booth you're here to play with the Clayville Pioneer Academy of Music.

One of the tunes we've been playing lately is "Going Down to Cairo," performed in the YouTube clip linked below by Gary Sizemore of Tallequah, Okla., and band. He plays it a little differently than we do, especially on the B part, but it's all good -- and it's all old-time fiddle music.

[...] Our next indoor session is the Prairieland Strings slow jam from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2800 West Jefferson in Springfield. Yikes! That's next week!

DULCIMER PLAYERS NOTE: Mike Anderson, master dulcimer player of Jacksonville, has some times available for individual lessons in June and July. They're $16 for a 30-minute session, and they're the best way I know to get started off right, or bump your skills up to the next level. Details on his website at

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Swedish-American liturgy of 1901, 1925 Augustana Synod hymnals

AUGUSTANA HERITAGE ASSOCIATION GATHERING VIII Closing Worship - Jun 24, 2012 - at Gustavus Adolphus College. [This is basically the liturgy carried over from the Church of Sweden.]

AHA FESTIVAL WORSHIP- TRINITY LITURGICAL SETTING from the Swedish which then was published in English in 1901 and 1925. Celebrant-Retired Bishop Don Sjoberg, First National Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and current President of the Augustana Heritage Association; Liturgist-Retired Pastor Bill Strom; Preachers-Retired Bishop Herbert Chilstrom, First Presiding Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad, Joe R Engel Professor of Preaching, Union theological Seminary, New York City and Pastoral Associate, Advent Lutheran, New York City.

The preservation of the Swedish Lutheran traditions of the Augustana Synod in congregations, colleges, seminaries, and institutions has been the goal of the Augustana Heritage Association in Gatherings like this one in 2012 at Gustavus, an institution founded by and continuing in relationship with Augustana pastors and congregations.

Over 650 participants worshiped in Christ Chapel at this Gathering with wonderful leadership from Organist, Dr. John Swanson, preservationist of Augustana liturgy and hymnody.

Regina Fryxell's setting in the Service Book and Hymnal of 1958

YouTube user Swedishlutheran

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

D R A F T louie louie


Toots and the Maytals

Thursday, April 30, 2015

"You Have Won The Victory" -- a Full Gospel Baptist Church anthem

I clicked on this powerful contemporary African American gospel choir anthem tonight on a Facebook page called Support for Erica DiGiovanna Trinh. It solicits prayers, donations and other support for one of my students at Springfield College in Illinois, who is fighting an aggressive brain tumor.

You Have Won The Victory/The Anthem - Full Gospel Baptist Church - Lyrics. Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International Ministry of Worship - The Anthem/You Have Won The Victory - Lyrics from their 2013 album - One Sound

Information on the Full Gospel Baptist Church movement at

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Danny Boy" -- links, lyrics and YouTube videos of a classic for Saturday's session at Clayville

Today's blast email to Clayville Pioneer Academy of Music and Prairieland Strings lists.

We've been looking for lead sheets and copyright-free dulcimer tablature for "Danny Boy" lately, and I think I've found something we can play (with the usual revisions and general noodling around) at our sessions. A version of Clapton's song chart and chords in D is available on line, along with other lead sheets and tablature. Here are links to:

As usual, we'll probably have to do a little adjusting to make the hot-off-the-internet arrangements work together.

A couple of YouTube Clips:

Eric Clapton -- finger-style acoustic guitar:

John McDermott, the Scottish-Canadian baritone -- a cappella: