My Dancing Day by Lanier Ivester | Dec 14, 2009 | Journal Entries, Music Reviews | 11 comments Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day Traditional English Dancing with my Daddy, Christmas 2005 photography credit Frank Gibson, 2005 11 Comments Katie Eaker on December 14, 2009 at 5:58 pm Love that man with the bow tie on in the background! We call him Father Rob! Reply Laura on December 14, 2009 at 7:31 pm How special! If you’re having a party, please post lots of pictures! 🙂 Reply Stacy on December 14, 2009 at 9:15 pm I absolutely adore a man in a kilt! What lovely pictures. Reply Deanna on December 14, 2009 at 11:25 pm Oh, we just had an English Country Dance to celebrate Christmas! So much fun! I would love to hear more about your tradition and to see photos! The ones you shared are lovely – being of English and Scots-Irish heritage I loved seeing your father in his kilt! Reply Naomi on December 16, 2009 at 7:44 pm Dear Lanier, I’ve wanted to post on your blog for longer than I can remember but never had any success. I am so glad you’ve updated it to allow readers to share with you. Your blog has been such an inspiration to me, encouraging me to appreciate my England (I’m a London girl and only started venturing outside its borders into green and pleasant lands in recent years), treasure my childlike heart, and dance freely to the entirely different drumbeat that I’ve been hearing for years but tried in vain to suppress. Thank you for painting the depths of your heart onto this blog and allowing us to glimpse into the world of a daughter of the King who delights in beauty and purity. On a somewhat separate note, where do you find the music for all your lovely a capella recordings? Do you read from the sheet or do you hear it somewhere and then replicate it by ear? I sing in a barbershop chorus and am looking to start a singing group of 3 or 4 so any tips would be much appreciated! Naomi x Reply Lanier Ivester on December 21, 2009 at 11:46 am Hello, Naomi! 🙂 I’m so happy that you’ve enjoyed my blog. 🙂 It gives me such joy to connect with sisters all over the world. To answer your question, we pretty much find our music all over the place. 🙂 The Oxford Book of Carols is a favorite, and always the first place we start. And pretty much all of our pieces are done from music–“The King” is the only one I can think of that we did by ear. Another place that we love is the Choral Public Domain Library–lots of wonderful free sheet music!! (http://www2.cpdl.org) Reply Josie Ray on December 17, 2009 at 11:51 am How very, very sweet! Thank you for sharing these tender photos. The blurred action in the first one is so magical, brought to earth by the warm hug in the second. Lovely. Reply Josie Ray on December 17, 2009 at 11:53 am p.s. If you get a moment, would you please post the pronunciation of your name, so I can get it right in my head? Do you use the American-English or French pronunciation…or neither? Thanks so much. Reply Lanier Ivester on December 21, 2009 at 11:39 am It’s probably more the American Southern corruption of the French: La-neer. 😉 Reply Josie Ray on December 18, 2009 at 11:03 am p.p.s. Thank you, again, for all the lovely music. I can just imagine Lanier and Friends singing Britten’s ethereal Ceremony of Carols. I suppose….? Have you ever? “H o – d i – e ….” Reply Lanier Ivester on December 21, 2009 at 11:39 am Ooh, not we haven’t tackled that one yet, Josie…maybe next Christmas… 🙂 Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.