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.

January – March 2019

"Hand Me Down My Walking Cane"

Kicking off a new year and making it's first appearance in our Songbook is "Hand Me Down My Walking Cane" on page 61. Written in 1880 by African American James A. Bland, it has been covered by country, pop, and blues musicians and singers. Included in this variety of artists: Junior Wells, Bing Crosby Norman Blake, and Charlie Byrd. Bob Dylan himself alludes to the title in his 2006 song "Ain't Talkin'." We're hoping your not talkin' but singing this classic number.

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"Different Drum"

And from the outside world, Linda Ronstadt's first hit single "Different Drum" suggested by Kate Walsh the school's new outreach manager. Kate is also working with our popular teen collective. The song was written by Mike Nesmith back in 1964 long before he joined the Monkees. Ronstandt sang it originally with the group The Stone Poneys (named after the Charley Patton song "Stone Pony Blues"). The tune charted big in 1967 the band did not. A few years later Linda Ronstadt's solo career took off. Like the song says, she knew when it was time to go and move forward.

Chart for "Different Drum"