Long time no post! So here is a great video of two separate performances of my arrangement of Pharrell Williams’ Happy. The first sung by 350 glorious teenagers and the second by 75 wonderful Adults… dedicating this blog to Fred my lovely Dad….x x x
So I ran this training day and this lovely chap asked me a load of questions in my lunch spot and here is the result! Good work. Great trousers too.
Just after I took this photo a little gust of wind took all the seed heads off this beautiful dandelion They danced across the landscape. The dandelion head was a shell of its former self. A few minutes later the sun was gone, and the light all slowly seeped away . Today is a day for making sure I appreciate everything as it is RIGHT NOW, as you never know when a gust of wind might come and change it all.
SONG OF THE DAY The Rolling Stones -Paint it Black
I was just a bit too young to get into the Stones the first time. I heard 2 friends do this as an acoustic number at our club, and realised I had never heard the words before so I then arranged it for acapella. It was the top song in the choir poll for a while. Here is a version beautifully sung by Earthly Voices CLICK HERE in the summer of 2009 (LIVE!), you can really hear the words, and then listen to the original !
I looked at me dashboard and there it was in black and white….four times more visitors on Monday than any other day for a while…strange, but true. I was making cyber tea and baking galactic cakes all day!…and then I pondered…….and wondered for a while.
What and how this had occured?..was it my beautiful photo of one lonely cyclist, or the wonderful rendition of Sister Rosetta Tharpe -Down By The Riverside? And then I sussed it! It was a Monday and like me, many of the Bishopsgate Singers were perhaps itching for a sing ( mmm I am not sure if you can itch for a sing…it just does not sound quite right, ) and had a look at the blog to check they had not missed the first day of term. Well maybe, but the 25th was a Bank Holiday….ah time on our hands! Thats what did it… maybe.
Anyway new term starts on Monday 9th of May, which is a very late start, due to all these Monday bank holidays, but we are getting together on the 6th to raise some money for the Red Cross in the City of London somewhere…watch this space. Hope we can remember all the songs from last term…I may have to do a bit of homework myself!
SONG OF THE DAY
So my singers get practice cd’s usually halfway through the term. This is the one I was working on today today! yippee. An arrangment of ‘Aint no Sunshine’ just to balance out all those happy sunny songs we have been hearing lately,. So all the voices on the demo below are mine. freshly sung this afternoon and it is ‘take one’, by the time it is sung by a real group of singers it may change dramatically…and I might wake up tomorrow and change it all!
best to listen to at least 2 minutes as it does develop etc blah blah!
and then the original version