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.

January - March 2015

"Will the Circle Be Unbroken"

A spirited kick off to the middle of the decade, we'll play a song from our cherished songbook, "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" (page 129). It's not the first time we've used this number for a song of the session and for good reasons, too &emdash; it encourages vocal participation. Written in the earlier part of the last century by Ada Habershon and Charles Gabriel, it's public domain now and lyrics have changed quite a bit from the original. It has been recorded by many artists including Maybelle Carter, Johnny Cash, and Bob Dylan.

Chart for "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"

"Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone

And from a suggestion by our BIG CHEESE, Bau Graves the late '60s classic "Everyday People" by Sly and the Family Stone. Formed in San Francisco in 1967, the group was groundbreaking in many ways including being both multi-racial and multi gender. Sylvester Stewart from Texas was a classically trained musician who had become a popular DJ and producer in the Bay area. He brought the band together and music has never been the same since. Sly's influence of funk, R&B, jazz and hip-hop is still felt today. Sadly, years of drug use has turned Sly into an eccentric legend reportedly living in a trailer somewhere in California. But we can still SING OUT boom shakalaka laka boom.

Chart for "Everyday People"

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