“There is power, there is power . . .” – A Remembrance of Joe Hill

Jimmy Tomasello, Colby Maddox, Bill Brickey and I (all teachers at the Old Town School of Folk Music) got together to sing with songwriter and activist Joe Hill this morning, on the 100th anniversary of his execution.

This portrait is by Peggy Lipschutz and hangs in the hallways of the Old Town School of Folk Music.

“There is power. There is power.”

Your Voice on the Young Stacke All-Stars Debut Album!

YSAS logoThe Young Stracke All-Stars are  recording one more song for our debut album, and we hope that you’ll sing it with us!

Sunday, December 7, 2014
9:45 to 11:30
(There will be a short lesson to learn the song, followed by the recording.)
Szold Hall – 2nd Floor
Old Town School of Folk Music
4545 N. Lincoln Ave.

Snacks and coffee will be provided.

(This is not a fundraiser or a concert.  It is a recording session!  While OTS is allowing us to use the space, this is not an OTS production.  Contact Jason McInnes at jason@jasonmcinnesmusic.com with any questions.)

The song that we are going to sing is called Simple Gifts.   Zelda, one of the members of the band describes it as being about explains, “accepting everyday things and living a simple life.”  It’s an incredible songs and we think it is perfect to feature it as a community song for the album.  Here is a downloadable pdf. of the song.  –  Simple Gifts chart

Check you these links and videos to learn how to sing the song.  We’ll be singing it in the key of C

Simple Gifts – Spotify hosts the recording that inspired us to learn this song.  It was recorded in 1963 with Win Stracke and his friends.  The recording was made for WFMT.

What follows is a recording that was made at Win Stracke’s gravestone dedication in December of 2012.

Here is a video of the All-Stars teaching part of the arrangement that we use.

Hope to see you on Dec. 7, 2014!  Please RSVP to youngstrackeallstars@jasonmcinnesmusic.com.