now online

Price slashed on
easy sheet music
for 365 favorites


Plus electronic templates
for singalong lyrics sheets

Finally, a singalong songbook of sheet music with easy-to-follow melody lines, chords and lyrics for 365 oldtime favorites. Ideal for singalongs at nursing homes, senior residences – and we're finding that a lot of folks want them for their own use at home.songbook(A great help for beginning piano students.)

(To see a sample song page, click here, then right-click on the sample (several times, if necessary) and ask to 'view image.')

We now market and distribute our songbook, Sing Along with Ease, exclusively online: You order online with a credit card and we send you the book online via email for you to print out at home. While that requires a little work on your part, it eliminates the delay in mail delivery (often a week or more) and cuts the price by about half.

And we continue to offer a 100 percent money-back guarantee as well as unlimited technical support via email. If you're not completely satisfied with what we've sent you or how we help you via email, we refund all your money promptly.

The songs have been collected and transcribed over the past 20 years by the Hat Band, a family foursome of string players and singers who for those two decades have held singalongs at area nursing homes and senior residences as volunteers.

Marketed for years in printed and bound form, the songbook is the same one that has been used by the Hat Band in its volunteer singalongs. Any additional songs the band adds to its collection – it does so slowly – are sent out free to those who already have the songbook.

We also send out electronic templates of words to more than 240 songs that can be formatted into lyrics sheets. For volunteer singalong leaders, it's a great way to get audiences involved. For home use, it's a great way to help your guests sing along as you sit at a piano or with a guitar playing an old favorite.

To order Sing Along with Ease, use the PayPal button below. As soon as we are notified of the order (usually within 24 hours), we'll email you the songbook and lyrics templates.

Our money-back guarantee is based on the same sales philosophy we used when we marketed the songbooks by regular mail. Please see our entry entitled We trust you. (And please note that our attitude toward online financial transactions has evolved. We've found that PayPal has a gold-edge reputation for security.)

For any questions or assistance, email our site administrator at

* The old price of the songbook that we printed and shipped by regular mail was $39.95, and the shipping, because the book weighed about three pounds, was an additional $5.79 in the continental U.S., pushing the total price to $45.74.

(To Canada, limited to air mail only, shipping was $12.85, plus a $10 bank fee for processing international checks. That's a total of $62.80.)

The new price of $24.95 is complete, no extra charges.

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Richly articulate art

November 1, 2007


If you’re a first-time visitor to the weblog lines and colors, take it only a day or a few days at a time. Because it can be a sensory overload.

The site, rich with illustrations, mostly of representational art from classic works of Michelangelo and Rembrandt to online Flash animation, drew our attention not because of the beautiful pictures but because of the writing of the site’s creator, Philadelphia artist and animator Charley Parker.

Consider Parker’s description in his Nov. 2, 2006, post about the work of contemporary artist and illustrator Francis Livingston:

I wouldn’t put Livingston’s work in the Impressionist mold, though. Instead of small strokes of color optically blended to make larger shapes, he uses big bold blocks of color, chips and chunks of color (perhaps troweled in with a palette knife in places) to define his forms.

In fact, he seems to luxuriate in the physical presence of the paint, using wonderful fat strokes of buttery oil paint, laid on with three-dimensional thickness, stroke-defining edges raised above the surface of the canvas. The effect is one of energetic abandon to the luxury of color, and a feeling of the rich sensuality of paint, looking as if it was just squeezed from the tube.

Or of 17th century Dutch master Jan Vermeer in a Nov. 9, 2005, post:

In my development as an artist, it’s taken me a long time to get over being intimidated by the great masters. Over the years, I’ve caught Raphael and Michelangelo making mistakes in proportion, Prud’hon cheating to fit a figure on a sheet of paper, even Rembrandt missing the mark. I eventually realized that the masters may have been great, but they were still only human.

I’m not so sure about Vermeer . . .

Just remember that, as amazing as they can look in reproductions, you haven’t seen a Vermeer until you stand in front of the real thing.

In more than two years of blogging, Parker — who must be a workaholic, considering that he posts nearly every day in addition to producing his webcomic Argon Zark (the character in the illustration above) and teaching at the Delaware College of Art and Design — has covered a wide territory of art that he maps out as . . .

. . . drawing, sketching, painting, comics, cartoons, webcomics, illustration, digital art, concept art, gallery art, artist tools and techniques, motion graphics, animation, sci-fi and fantasy illustration, paleo art, storyboards, matte painting, 3d graphics and anything else I find visually interesting.

If it has lines and/or colors, it’s fair game.

Among his most recent posts, Parker has written about contemporary Polish fantasy artist Jacek Yerka, mid-15th century Italian painter Cosmé Tura, the Pre-Raphaelite school of 19th century England, French comics artist Claire Wendling and the “storytelling secrets of comics, manga and graphic novels.”

And imagine my surprise to find a kindred spirit in someone probably a generation younger than me — one whose boyhood eyes were widened to a whole new world by Mad comics. Not the magazine, but the comics of the early 1950s. Parker discovered Mad in a paperback reprint. I, on the other hand, had my mind expanded — or, in the words of parents and other adults at the time, twisted — by the originals, the 23-edition series written by Harvey Kurtzman and drawn by Wally Wood, Will Elder and Jack Davis.

Those artists were incredible. Just take a look at Wood’s work in Parker’s post of Dec. 26, 2005. In fact, it’s that satire of Flash Gordon, which Mad presented as ‘Flesh Garden,’ that inspired Parker to name his online comic hero Argon Zark.

Parker has returned that inspiration to the rest of us in lines and colors, the latest addition to our blogroll of well-written sites.

– Sid Leavitt

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5 Responses

  1. peacay says:

    Hear hear! Excellent choice. Charley deserves an award for his erudite commentary.

  2. Sid Leavitt says:

    High praise indeed, coming from another erudite commentator on the arts. Peacay is the author — actually, he prefers to call himself the curator — of BibliOdyssey, one of the longest-running arts weblogs on the Internet. He and his site, by the way, are featured on lines and colors in the Oct. 21 entry.

  3. Erik Olsen says:

    Congrats! Charley totally deserves this recognition! I learn so much about art through his blog. His writing is always a great read.

  4. Katherine says:

    I never fail to be in awe of the quality of Charley’s writing on Lines and Colors. He’s thoughtful and stimulating.

    As a daily poster myself I’d love to know how he manages to fit in all the research as well as finding time to write so well.

  5. Sid Leavitt says:

    Again high praise from two veteran arts bloggers — Erik Olsen, author of the weblog The Cookie Jar, and Katherine Tyrrell, author of the weblog Making a Mark.

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