Shepherds redux

Here goes again with "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night," a/k/a "Sherburne" in the Sacred Harp songbook, minus the tinny buzzing (headphones!  no feedback!), and this time with the benefit of the alto part, somehow dropped out last time.  Also, I learned how to embed:

This one is from the Episcopal hymnbook, called "They Cast Their Nets in Galilee":


Grim said...

You know, Tex, you have a good voice. Thank you.

This is putting me in mind of a little project I was thinking of tackling sometime. I've often thought it would be a good thing if there were a spoken-word version of Chesterton's The Ballad of the White Horse available. It's a beautiful sounding poem when read aloud, and a great adventure with strong moral content. We'd benefit from having it more accessible.

The poem itself is public domain now, so really it would just be a matter of finding the right man to read it aloud, someone who could make the rhythms roll, and providing quality sound editing. Do you think this setup of yours could handle something like that?

Texan99 said...

Thank you!

Re Chesterton: You're talking about a single track, right? You can do that right now without "Garage Band." I created a free account at, which lets me upload audio files, which I can link or embed here. I'm saving my Garage Band files in iTunes and uploading from there, but I think you can upload anything in an AAC, MP3, WAV, or similar audio file. I convert from Garage Band only because .band is a peculiar format I don't expect a website to be able to read.

Garage Band is handy, I admit, for editing out and replacing snippets, but any ordinary recording device can do that, even one that doesn't allow for multiple tracks.

I think many if not most modern laptops have an internal mike and some arrangement for recording voice, but if not, I suspect all modern recording devices are capable of creating an MP3 file or the like, which can be loaded onto your computer and then uploaded at the Box site.

Texan99 said...

PS, and why not read it yourself?

Grim said...

It might be a single track, but the poem is book-length. I'm not sure I'm up to that in one sitting -- and I'm not sure my voice is as fine as your own. :)

Texan99 said...

No need to do the whole thing in one sitting. Why not start and stop? You needn't upload until it's finished.

E Hines said...

You needn't upload until it's finished.

Yes, he does. The return of the radio serial.

Thanks, Grim. So glad you...volunteered. [g]

Eric Hines

Anonymous said...

Librivox ( has a recording of the Ballad available for download, each section is a separate file. I don't know how well it is read. You can also buy what seems to be the same recording on CD via FleaBay.