Penny Anderson

Lyrics

When I think of the friends, and the strangers too,
Who have sung old songs with me,
Who have played old tunes, and told old tales,
How dear is that memory.

Chorus:

And our voices will meet
Once more in harmony sweet
Our voices will ring
Once more old songs to sing

There's the singing of birds, and the angels' songs
That are sung with a golden harp,
But the singing of friends is the best of all,
It cheers the sorrowing heart.

(Chorus)

Now we know that life is more than a song,
And we all have a burden to bear.
We can't meet every night by the clear moonlight,
To sing away all our care.

(Chorus)

When I think of the friends, and the strangers too,
Whose voices I'll hear no more,
Then I know why the old songs sing of a time
Where we'll meet on the other shore

(Chorus)

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Penny Anderson

Story

This is an overdubbed mockup I made with Garage Band. The "male" voice is my own, transposed down, which is why it sounds a bit weird.

The Trumpet Singers

Story

One of the perks of publishing a song in the The Trumpet is having it sung in a special sing organized in Massachusetts. Thanks, singers!

Penny Anderson

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For an exercise in a music theory class I audited, I created this setting of Altamont. There were only a few basic restrictions on the assignment, so I added others: to use a seventh chord on every strong beat, and to never use the chord I "expected" to hear at that point. At first I thought the result sounded like bad contemporary church music, but ultimately I got fond of it. It's not easy to sing (to put it mildly), and I was tired of the wonky artificial bass I get from transposing my voice down with Garage Band. I got the idea that transposing the fiddle down might give a more acceptable result, so that's my bass line. This is a hasty recording but I think it's not bad anyway, and I'm thinking of doing a cleaned-up version and somehow pairing it with my shape-note setting for my upcoming CD.

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The Penny Annie Choir
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Penny Anderson

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After making two songs about mountaintop removal, I thought it would be a good idea to move from my father's home territory to my own, and make one about fracking. One of the few made-to-order songs that I thought worked well!

 

Lyrics

Chorus:

What the frack are you doing to the land, gas man?
What the frack are you doing to the land?
You won't even tell what you're putting in the well,
What the frack are you doing to the land?

It's innovative high-tech engineering,
The fracking they are doing to the land,
It's lucrative high-stakes profiteering,
The fracking they are doing to the land,

chorus

It's a secret solution, it's hidden pollution,
The fracking they are doing to the land,
It's poison that goes where nobody knows,
The fracking they are doing to the land.

chorus

It's rock-breaking, earth-shaking, profit-taking,
The fracking they are doing to the land,
It's a wastewater spill just over the hill,
The fracking they are doing to the land.

chorus

It's poison in the rock, it's poison in the water,
The fracking they are doing to the land,
It's poison in the future of your sons and daughters,
The fracking they are doing to the land.

chorus

final chorus:

What the frack are you doing to the land, gas man?
What the frack are you doing to the land?
There's poison in our well and we're livin in hell,
What the frack are you doing to the land?

Penny Anderson
Penny Anderson

Story

If you get a slightly creepy feeling from this song....

I will be pleased!

 

Penny Anderson
12/19/2013
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From my CD Music at Home. There are many things I'd do differently if I recorded it again, but it's appropriate for the season and still fun.

The Nameless Choir
Penny Anderson

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The Choir With No Name rehearsing my piece. For more about the piece, see the Mass For the Unbelievers page.