The Last Concert featured Bryan Bowers on Feb. 17. This issue features the theme Blues in Times of Pandemic, which includes an article, Blues in the time of Pandemic, 1919— “In a few days influenza would be controlled,” by Shalom Goldman, reprinted fromInformed Comment, followed by More Pandemic Blues Songs. There will be no more Concerts during the coronavirus pandemic. The Couth Buzzard is closed for the duration, but you can phone, e-mail, and place online book orders, and contribute to their Emergency Fund here. We will continue the NW HOOT as long as we have new articles to publish. We are always looking for more writers (send us your ideas and articles).
Dear Friends, I hope you are all safe and well, and getting along in these troubled times. There will be no more live concerts until we are safely through this pandemic. PNW Folklore will go quiet, but not disappear. We will be back. The NW HOOT will continue as long as we have articles to publish, and our main website will be there with all its interesting information. We all miss live concerts, informal jams, and, most of all, the community we have developed at the Couth and elsewhere. A lot of this music activity has gone online with Zoom, YouTube, and other technological developments. We have become more tech-savvy, but long to interact live again in the real world.
In this time of pandemic, art has taken a big hit. No more live concerts. No more open galleries to show old and new art. Music, dance, and drama organizations may fold for lack of support, but new ones will arise to take their place. An old piece of art may be lost, but something new will appear. Writers will always find something to write about. Art is a human endeavor, it comes from within, and will arise wherever humans prevail. The arts will survive.
Thank you for your support. I look forward to seeing all of you again when our live concerts resume. Stewart Hendrickson
Music- including blues – speaks to major crises, and pandemics are no exception. The influenza epidemic of 1918-19 spawned many blues songs. Perhaps the most memorable of these is “The 1919 Influenza Blues.” We begin with a recent article by Shalom Goldman in Informed Comment, reprinted here with the permission of the author and publisher. Continue reading “BLUES IN TIMES OF PANDEMIC”
“You’ll Never Walk Alone”
Virtual Choir/Orchestra 15 Countries: 300 People
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, 300 people from 15 different countries came together to participate in a virtual rendition of the beautiful song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Carousel. Please share this video to help spread a little hope during this time! “I left New York City on March 14, anticipating a short absence. The Brooklyn College Choir had been preparing for performances with the New York Philharmonic, and then that was gone. Arriving home in Iowa, I found comfort in playing the beautiful song from the musical Carousel, ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ I embarked on collaborating online like so many others are doing. What started to fill the void of music collaboration has evolved to new meaning for me with the lengthened quarantine. Hopefully, the words, ‘you’ll never walk alone,’ along with the visual of 300 people joining together offers the audience some comfort and peace during this time. Stay safe and healthy my friends!” – Harrison Sheckler Brooklyn College M.M. ’21 Piano Performance
The Past Concert featured Bryan Bowers on Feb. 17. This issue features A Word From Your Director, and a new article, Vinyl Recordings – Back in the Groove, by Stewart Hendrickson. The Upcoming Concert at the Couth Buzzard will feature Claudia Schmidt on June 14. Every 2nd Saturday at the Couth Buzzard from noon – 1:30 pm, Stew’s Folk Music Corner will feature tunes, songs, and community singing. The Events page lists some great concerts through the next few months. Keep tuned and revisit the NW HOOT as new articles may appear along with a new video of the week. We are still looking for more writers for the NW HOOT (send us your ideas and articles).
Just a little something to brighten your day. What started as an idea on my flight home from college ended in a collaboration with some of the most incredible people. I couldn’t be more grateful. Please share to help us promote positivity and optimism while we need it most. 💜 “What the World Needs Now” Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David for Virtual Orchestra.
Recently my life has taken a major new turn. This began with placing my wife in memory care last November at Aegis Living at Rodgers Park in Queen Anne (Seattle). Our large 4-bedroom, 3-bath house seemed too much for me, so I bought a condo in Ballard (Seattle), emptied the old house and put it on the market for sale. This consumed all of my energy for almost three months (the house is now sold!), and I am adjusting to a new life. Needless to say, I have had little energy or time for the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society. Now the corona virus (COVID-19) has added new complications. Continue reading “A WORD FROM YOUR DIRECTOR (2) by Stewart Hendrickson”
In the 1960s I built a beautiful walnut stereo cabinet, complete with turntable, amplifier, storage for LP records, and state-of-art Advent speakers. Then when CDs arrived in the 1980s I bought my first CD player and started buying CDs instead. The stereo system fell into disuse and became just a nice piece of furniture. I recently downsized into a condo and was happy to find that the old stereo cabinet just fit in the living room – I didn’t have to get rid of it. The old CD player in the cabinet quit working, so I resurrected the old vinyl system. I still had a large collection of LPs, which I had resisted throwing out, and started playing them after years of disuse. The result was astounding! I discovered sound vastly superior to that of CDs, and the joy of really listening to music. Continue reading “VINYL RECORDINGS – BACK IN THE GROOVE, by Stewart Hendrickson”
The Past Concerts featured Crossing the North Sea – Rachel Nesvig and Brandon Vance on Dec. 13, and Crònan on Jan. 10. This issue features a new article, Can You Learn Music Kinesthetically, by Laurie Riley. The Upcoming Concert at the Couth Buzzard will feature Bryan Bowers on Feb. 14 Every 2nd Saturday at the Couth Buzzard from noon – 1:30 pm, Stew’s Folk Music Corner will feature tunes, songs, and community singing. The Events page lists some great concerts through the next few months. Keep tuned and revisit the NW HOOT as new articles may appear along with a new video of the week. We are still looking for more writers for the NW HOOT (send us your ideas and articles).
It sounds like some kind of game, but “kinesthetic” refers to learned movement that becomes automatic. I’ve been writing about it for years. It’s the result of consistent and focused practice; the point at which a specific sequence of movements becomes a kinesthetic habit is the point at which you can feel the effort decrease, the flow of the music improve, the ability to play expressively increase, and you get the feeling that your movements are on “autopilot”. Professionals know all about this, and it’s at this point and beyond that music playing becomes the lovely thing that makes music playing look easy. Continue reading “CAN YOU LEARN MUSIC KINESTHETICALLY, by Laurie Riley”