11/3/2021 2 Comments
22. When the Water Is Glass Calm
Notes: I met Paul Barton in 2019 at a Circlesinging workshop with Bobby McFerrin -- a quiet, gentle redhead with a warm smile, he was easy to like… and then gradually since then, I’ve been discovering his music, which unfolds itself the more you sing it. I live not far from a pond, lake, and river, all which I have seen at moments of glass calmness (although, truth be told, not at sunrise!) I love the way I feel calm and clear after I sing this song, which he says Stephanie Drouin helped write as they were visiting a friend's cottage, and had gone for an early morning paddle.
Songwriter Info: Paul is a skilled jazz guitarist in Toronto, Canada, who creates music for community singing, in his words, "because I want to use my creativity to help people experience the joys (and sometimes sorrows) of singing together. There is a growing number of people around the world who are remembering that singing together can be inclusive to everyone regardless of singing ability or musical knowledge. And, the focus can be on the healing and connecting power of music, rather than on 'getting it right'." You can find Paul leading songs at Fiercely OK and Sing for Joy song circles.
Paul's website, http://www.paulbartonmusic.com/
Paul's teaching tracks and sheet music for When the Water Is Glass Calm.
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Nuts & Bolts: 4:4, Ionian (major), 3 layer song
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11/4/2021 10:37:51 am
Beautiful song! Thank you. The high notes were a challenge for me but singing in a round with other lines provided a note of comfort. Thank you, thank you.
11/4/2021 11:26:01 am
I'm so glad, Stephanie -- way to find ways of letting the high notes be surprisingly comfortable -- maybe letting them float? I love this song, too...
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