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.

June - August 2015

"Wild Mountain Thyme"

Summer is here and the time is right for sunshine and the flowering of plants and vegetation. We celebrate these things along with our children's summer camp. From the songbook, we'll play the timeless flowing melody of "Wild Mountain Thyme" aka "Will You Go Lassie Go." This song, of Scottish origin, has been in our songbook from the earliest days of the school. The arrangement is credited to one Francis McPeake, an Irish musician. There are literally hundreds of recorded versions by the likes of Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, the Clancy Brothers, and Joan Baez to name a few. Most recently, recordings of the tune have been released by James Taylor, on his latest album, and contemporary superstar Ed Sheeran.

Chart for "Wild Mountain Thyme"

"A Place in the Sun"

Our "other" song comes from the musical genius songbook of Stevie Wonder, "A Place In The Sun." This catchy melody was first released in 1966 and was written by Ronald Miller and Bryan Wells. Miller, a Chicagoan, was hired by Berry Gordy of Motown records to write songs and work with the stable of artists. He composed "For Once In My Life" and several other motor city classics. "A Place in the Sun" made it to the top 10 after it was released. Stevie also recorded a version in Italian under the title "Il Sole é di Tutti," which translates to "The Sun is for Everyone." That pretty much says it all. There have been cover versions recorded in different genres such as country, reggae, and rock. We invite you to come up with your own!

Chart for "A Place in the Sun"

Songs of the Session Playlist

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