Jessie Barth visited Highland Farm this weekend to conduct a sing-a-long and celebrate the life of Oscar Hammerstein II. It is always a pleasure to see Jessie and her accompanist, Gordon Porth, as well as the ever so kind Christine Cole, owner and Inn Keeper of Highland Farm. Approximately 25 people were in attendance to sing, share experiences, and enjoy a magical evening of music. It was fascinating to listen to all of the stories about, and connections to, Oscar Hammerstein II as attendees shared their personal “Oscar” favorites. The music was fabulous and the warm glow of the fire added a special ambiance, which made the cold rainy night almost disappear and transport the attendees to another place in time.
To learn more about Jessie and her passion for Oscar Hammerstein II visit: http://www.jessiebarth.com.
To purchase “At Home with Oscar – A Hundred Million Miracles” – a musical tribute to Oscar Hammerstein II recorded by Jessie and Gordon at Highland Farm, visit: http://www.jessiebarth.com/oscarcd.html. Jessie commissioned me for much of the photography work included on the CD cover and in the booklet accompanying the CD.
To learn more about Highland Farm or to make reservations for a relaxing get away weekend in beautiful Buck’s County visit: http://www.highlandfarmbb.com.
Some of the Male Attendees Preparing to Sing
The Female Attendees Singing - Some even had a Solo Part
Music Runs in the Family - Jessie's Brother
Telling Personal "Oscar" Stories
Sharing a Love of Music
One of Several Songs Enjoyed
Tonight I leave you with a couple of quotes from Oscar Hammerstein II.
“A bell’s not a bell ’til you ring it. A song’s not a song ’til you sing it. Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay. Love isn’t love ’til you give it away!” – Oscar Hammerstein II
“I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just couldn’t write anything without hope in it.” – Oscar Hammerstein II