One of our favorite things about RandBall and its commenters is the diversity of talents. And here to bring that fully to light is Fasolamatt. Sir?


According to, I missed a Gophers game, a Twins series win, and some sort of BrettFavre BrettFavre BrettFavre event on Sunday (apparently this was important enough to be above the fold on both newspapers that I didn’t purchase at the Bean Factory Monday morning).

My exposure to this was two minutes of Dark Star recapping on Saturday, and three minutes of Cory Cove doing the same on Sunday, so I’m not going to be able to shed any light on recent events.

The final score for my weekend was Saturday 80, Sunday 68, the number of songs sung at the20th annual Minnesota State Sacred Harp Singing Convention, the 15th time I’ve attended. I co-chaired the eleventh and got married at the twelfth (happy anniversary, Mrs F!). It maps to baseball… two chairpeople (think GM) start the proceedings, then turn the decisions of who should lead a song (batting order) to an arranging committee (manager). The singer (batter) selected picks a song out of the book, the pitcher (pitcher) sounds the key, and we sing… sometimes a long, well-orchestrated song with a fantastic finish (Joe Mauer), sometimes not so well , but fast (Carlos Gomez). There’s a potluck dinner at noon of ridiculous proportion, and visitors to talk to from all over the country, too. (For the uninitiated, "fasolamatt" refers to "fa", "sol", and "la", three of the syllables that we sing before we get to the poetry.)

As you can see in the photo, it’s a mixed bag of folks (about 125) and (as you can’t see in the photo) it’s loud. Here’s the trailer from a documentary about the singing, and here’s a video of yours truly earlier this year in Chicago and a priceless video from earlier this month in Alabama. What did you do over the weekend?

[Proprietor note: For some reason two of Matt's links were "blocked" for explicit content. Both of them were variations of the Minnesota State Sacred Harp Singing Convention site. We're sure this is just some sort of glitch in the Matrix. Or there's more about this society than meets the eye].

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