Songs of the Session

In an effort to recreate and honor a tradition that was begun back in 1957, when Frank Hamilton would teach the same song to different levels of players, we proudly present The Songs of The Session.

Each session two songs are chosen, one from the songbook and one from the general repertoire. All classes are encouraged to learn these tunes and apply the skills they are working on at their individual levels.

As we are in the middle of the second decade of the century, our songs of this session exhibit the diversity that is so much a part of the Old Town School experience. These songs are rich in tradition and there is simply no reason why they can't be approached by any of the instruments we teach here at The Old Town School.

October - December 2015

"Scarborough Fair"

This session we honor our teachers past and present. This year's recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Awards are Elaine Moore, Reggio McLaughlin, and Jason McInnes. From the book chosen by Jason, a melody we're all familiar with "Scarborough Fair" on page 102. Most folks are familiar with the Simon and Garfunkel version of this song. The origin of the tune and the lyrics come from several Scottish and English ballads via something we call the folk process.

Chart for "Scarborough Fair"

"The Other Side of Life"

And from Mike Mann whom we lost last year, "The Other Side of This Life" is a poignant tune by 1960s folk legend Fred Neil. Neil was predominantly a songwriter working in the Brill Building in the '50s while hanging out in the Village occasionally performing. He was best known for his tune "Everybody's Talking." Mike was an ardent fan of Fred Neil. He offered a 4-week class on Neil's music at one point. We chose this tune because it was a staple in Mike's repertoire. Faculty and friends will be having a musical memorial for him on Sunday, December 6th at the 909 West Armitage location.

Chart for "The Other Side of Life"

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