A couple friends and I played and sang lullabies last week to help young activists rest. A new setting for a most ancient human activity. We enjoyed it enough we plan to do more. If you’d like to come to one, RSVP and I’ll add you to my contact list so you hear about them. This is not a jam, and not a concert either. A small group of professional musicians who are particularly skilled at lullabies will do our best to actually help you fall asleep for an hour or so. Bring a sleeping bag, pillow and mat. Activists could use a bit of reassuring rest!
I have always loved lullabies. Here are a few with me playing that have been recorded over the years:
With long-time Puget Sound Guitar Workshop collaborators Richard Scholtz on autoharp, Janet Peterson on cello, and Laura Smith on banjo. I love the way the four of us have figured out how to slow time down with and for each other. Banjo is not often thought of as a lullaby instrument, but in Laura’s hands, it can do anything. Written by Andy Cutting, an accordion player from England. Andy plays it very fast, but I have taken liberties.
Sweet And Low
A cradle song written by Alfred Lord Tennyson in the 1860s and set to music by Joseph Barnaby. My mom used to sing us to sleep with it. My brother introduced me to Aimee Ringle the night before. In course of staying up all night playing music, we discovered that both our moms sang it. So in the morning we went over and sang it to my mom, Maryann Breskin, who joined in a bit. My brother Joe Breskin recorded us.
Burning Of The Piper’s Hut
With my friend Richard Scholtz, who also played on FlatWorld. He and I have been playing together for almost half a century. Traditional Scottish pipe tune. No video. Just sound.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
This last was recorded by an audience member with a cell phone. Mostly what you hear is the audience singing. This was not a children’s concert. I loved how people found their own early memories of these songs. My husband Zeke Hoskin joined in on his mandolin from the front row towards the end.
Greene’s Corner, 2208 James Street, (south of Trader Joe’s).
Zeke & Fl!p will be celebrating Zeke’s 73rd birthday at Irish & Folk Mondays. Here’s a rare chance to hear Zeke’s quirky satiric songs and cheerful mandolin tunes at a local venue. Zeke can be funny even when he’s playing instrumentals! He’ll also have at least his alto horn, and who knows? Maybe more. Fl!p will accompany him and egg him on. She might even sing a few. If you’ve got requests you would particularly like to hear, contact us in advance so we can dig through the archives.
Old favorites, hand-made songs, old songs given new meanings by a changing world. Fancy mandolin and sweet guitar instrumentals. Alto clarinet leads on Swing, blues, and the occasional outrageous song parody. Hold your breath as Zeke creates new verses on the spot, in real time, based on audience suggestions. Zeke tap dances one-legged on a metaphorical musical high wire while Fl!p is deeply grounded in her music, enfolding listening hearts in calm compassion.
The concert will feature appearances by the Celebrated Twangoleum (pictured above when it was new in the late 1890s). Yes, it’s as odd as it looks, but sounds awfully sweet. You might even get to try playing it…
Sing along with your neighbors, under the protection of Fl!p, an experienced complaint department for shy singers. Back in the 1960s, no one ever had to audition to sing along with We Shall Overcome. It’s time to bring those days back!
Musicians are invited for a 6:30 dinner at our house, 127 Lopez Road #14 with parking at Vortex, followed by Flip’s famous workshop, that she leads at the annual Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, which she founded 45 years ago near Port Orchard.
Here’s what Flip says about her workshop:
“Ergonomics For Musicians: how to be your own coach for form. Musicians are small muscle athletes. Learn how your hands, arms & shoulders work and how to apply that to an instrument. For example, guitarists will learn how to play an F chord with no pain and no strain.
If playing an instrument catches your heart, you are likely to make specific gestures a million times in your life. It’s good to know how to avoid setting up repetitive motion injuries. Problem habits can be hard to spot since resulting injuries can take years to show up. We’ll look at How To Practice – how your brain and body interact. You can have shorter practice sessions with better results. I’ll also show you a helpful strategy for neutralizing stage fright.”
Please forward this amazing opportunity to any other musicians who might be interested in coming.
Flip requests a $20 donation. RSVP in advance firstname.lastname@example.org so we can plan dinner. Bring your favorite beverage or appetizer, s.v.p.
Saturday September 28, 2 – 5 PM, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship at 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham, Washington 98225
We’ll get by with a little help from our friends this coming Saturday afternoon when we all sing and jam along on the best of the Beatles! Joyful songs to lift our spirits, great harmonies, dancing in the aisles… We’ll have the lyrics projected on a screen up front, above the band. Music stands will be set up down front with matching songbooks so the words and chords will be waiting for acoustic guitarists, uke players, harmonicas, whatever! Fl!p will bring her four Sgt Pepper outfits to share. Last year we had the Blue Meanies. What will YOU wear?
Orchestrating this party are the “Seatles” – who have led the Beatles Sing Along at Folklife for decades. Peter Langston, Robin McGillveray, Mark Ouelette, and John Reagan have learned the chords, the licks, the lyrics, the harmonies, so they can lead us in style! Fl!p will help us sing along with all our hearts. She dreamed up this project last year, and has been waiting all year to get to do it again.
Your donation of $15, $20 or more (or less if you just can’t swing it) goes to benefit the Bellingham Folk Festival (last weekend in January) and Bellingham Re-Evaluation Co-Counseling – tools to prevent burnout in activists.
Fl!p’s intention is that we SING! And it really doesn’t matter if we’re wrong, we’re right. Where we belong, we’re right where we belong. All together now!