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Thank you for being there last night and this morning if you could be and sorry you weren’t if you couldn’t. I do love hearing from you if you can’t so that I know not to worry, but I also trust that you’re doing what you need to do in not coming so never feel any obligation to let me know.
We shared our feelings on the seasons and which, if any, is our favourite season. I loved what Elspeth said about working hard to find the merits in every season and am going to take that away with me – thank you Elspeth! I do love those moments of hearing all your speaking voices for a few seconds, I think it’s quite important that that “community” bit of being a sort of community choir don’t get missed given that we’re online.
As warms ups we used Slow Down (my own little mantra) and Val Regan’s Vocal Circuit Training , and sang Make New Friends. We moved on to ensuring we’d introduced all 4 possible parts of You Gotta Start Somewhere by Penny Stone. And lastly (written with the 10 year celebration of Gateway Women in mind) we did the last of the three possible parts of Here We Are. There’s a rough and ready video of me reminding you of all three parts below.
Just a quick reminder of words and tunes where possible:
Here We Are (by Clare) A song to celebrate Jody Day and 10 years of Gateway Women
Here on this link is a little video of me reminding you of all three parts. On verse one (the Jody Day verse) the middle part is alone, on verse two (the “I” verse), the top part joins the middle part, and on verse three (the “we” verse) the low part joins the other two. Then on verse 4 (the male verse) Ian sings in that low part again in his own voice and lastly on verse 5 (the “we” verse again) a low version of the top part comes in – that just involves singing the top part in a lower voice (a different octave if that makes any sense to you – but you don’t have to know that term). That’s the patter of the song in video of it with the Mandala picture in the background all the time.
Here she wrote, felt alone Here she stayed to welcome you Here she bloomed where she was planted Sharing courage with her peers Here I am, not alone Here I’ll stay to welcome you Here I’ll bloom where I am planted Sharing courage with our peers Here we are, not alone Here we’ll stay to welcome you Here we’ll bloom where we are planted Sharing courage with our peers Here he his, not alone Here he’ll stay to welcome you Here he’ll bloom where he is planted Sharing courage with our peers Here we are, not alone Here we’ll stay to welcome you Here we’ll bloom where we are planted Sharing courage with our peers Here we are
And click here for a link to it on YouTube then you’ll be able to see all the blurb I wrote about it on YouTube. Thank you for liking it!
Vocal Circuit Training by Val Regan
i wanna be a bass / and I’m a tenor / Alto’s where it’s at / I’m a soprano
You gotta start somewhere by Penny Stone
You gotta start somewhere if you wanna get anywhere x 3 Take a step, take a shuffle, we're all just muddling through just me and you
A link to a video on YouTube of Penny Stone teaching that song (You gotta start somewhere) and then, at 8 mins 20 secs singing it in full with all the parts. We’ve tried out 3 of the 4 parts now but this week I just reminded you of the first (the kind of tune part).
The Wisdom of Trees by Frances Bernstein
This will be new song for us in 6 parts. So simple, so gorgeous. The words are below. We’ve done only one part so far and DON’T give yourself a hard time if you can’t remember that at all! We’ll be learning more of it bit by bit.
Follow the ways of the wise old tree Borrow the ways of the wise old tree x 2 Stand tall and proud x 4 Be content with your natural beauty x 4 Stay connected to your roots x 4 Stand quite still enjoy the view x 2 Now and then . . go out on a limb x 2
Here’s a link to Penny Stone teaching it and singing it on her wonderful website SingLouderThanGuns.