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.

October – December 2018

We close the year with these two songs. As always, try to play them during the week and make them your own.

"The Storms Are on the Ocean"

From our 60th anniversary songbook, we'll play "The Storms Are on The Ocean" on page 118. It's a new song for our songbook but a melody that goes back to Scottish origins. It was written by A.P. Carter, Maybelle Carter, and Sara Carter and was first released by The Carter Family in 1927. The tune has been covered by many over the years including Ollabelle and The Great Lake Swimmers. Our 2019 distinguished teaching artists Lindsay Weinberg, Bill Brickey, and Dan Fulkerson have recorded a version available on our website. Check it out.

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"I Know What I Know"

Our second song comes from the Grammy award-winning album Graceland by Paul Simon released in 1986. We've chosen the bouncy three-chord ditty "I Know What I Know." It has surfaced at the Second Half over the years and is a delight to play. The tune is based on a song by the South African group General M.D. Shirinda and the Gaza Sisters. The song alludes to vapid celebrity culture and emotionally bankrupt gatherings where posturing is the norm. Paul Simon announced he's retiring from performing this year. We're reminded of his lyric from "The Boxer" - 'I am leaving, I am leaving but the fighter still remains.'

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