Morning. I was reminded of my acapella choir arrangement of “Ain’t No Sunshine” first thing this morning, which such a useful and versatile arrangement . It is great both for choirs and special singing days. I taught it to about 30 staff members of Airbnb a few years ago to people who didn’t think they sung! I came across this gorgeously sensitive and lyrical rendition by a choir called Chorkuma last year. Based in Innsbruck, singing at the beautiful House of Music ( Haus Der Music) which I am now absolutely waiting for an invitation to go. Click on the link and see the beauty of the building – then the beautiful singing.

Chorkuma Innsbruck

The arrangement can be sung so lyrically and sweetly like this, but I have heard it done with some suitable swaying action too . The Macquarie University ( Sydney Australia) student run acapella group added a beat box in 2017 ! Their rendition is very funky . I love it!

I totally recommend it to any choir leader.it has lovely layering which, though simple has a great texture harmonically and rhymically too So much fun to teach. Best place to buy it is here. Curiously there are some sheet music sites on the internet selling my arrangements and I get no money at all. This site below Choir Community which I am one of 3 board members makes sure I get a small percentage and the rest goes to all the correct places. You can listen to the audio and buy the audio and the sheet music right now xx Have fun!

You can hear the audio and see my choir’s version

Hey there. Today I am sharing a new little song I wrote and recorded yesterday. It would be considered a demo. ( No such thing as a demo) My songs come out in many forms and genre and I have been told after 163 weekly songs I still surprise people in my songwriting support group. This one is a bit dancy, synthy, chilly and the title is ‘Fly Like an Eagle”

I spent last weekend in a blissful state camping out with about 300 like minded souls and got to dance in a field which definitly had an effect on my song of the week. The Campout was in a beautiful venue, in the Oxfordshire Counryside and felt spacious and relaxed. My most favourite small festival experience as I can get a bit stressed in crowds. Best toilets ever! (Yup) There was amazing food (though I may still be mostly falafel) the best babaganoush from a couple from Oxford who cooked tirelessly through the whole weekend and run a cafe in Oxford which supports refugee women in the city called Damascus Rose , and another stall of the most perfect vegan gluten free food run by a young woman from the Braziers community, in a pink caravan. ( My heart is mostly in my stomach) I met some wonderful inspiring people, did qi gong bare foot on the land in the morning and was inspired by the talks about building a better community and reconnection with myself – and the music and film in the evening! Loved the Light Surgeons . Jessica Mallock whose sessions inspired a lot of the lyric..thank you. Inspired by the firemaking and some images of the eagle returning from the snow capped mountains into my heart I am happy with this .This song is a keeper . Photo taken by Pete Lawrence.

Lyrics

Sing a song of grace, hold it sweetly to our heart, we want more of love we say we do, through the fire through the blue, got no monochrome keeping all the drama down, indigo through flame to blue now we got wings, everythings is so new WE CAN FLY FLY WE CAN FLY ! soaring peaks of snow, we want everyone to know, we want it all, we shout aloud, flying high above the clouds, climb the mountain high, then we soar in bluest sky, father sun grandmother moon, we find our heart our breathing room so we can fly FLY LKE AN EAGLE

hey there – happy bank holiday weekend. its almost June the weather is wonderful in the UK. Does it make a difference to our mood? It so does and this has been the winter of all winters . The darkest wettest grimmest so thank you sun. My life and things I share tend to be a mixture of songwriting and choral activity. At the moment I am writing and recording more songs and am so happy when people have a listen!