This week (Sunday and Monday were slightly but not very different):
Songs we sang and reminders where possible:
The Little Things in Life by Mary Denn
Breathe in, breathe out The little things in life The little things in life are what it's all about
Autumn Round by Faith Watson
One by one the leaves are falling on the ground It is autumn and autumn leaves fall
The Wisdom of Trees by Frances Bernstein
This has 6 parts. So simple, so gorgeous. Here’s a link to my little reminder video of the song with all the parts.
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
Bloom Where You’re Planted by Ros Thomas
Bloom where you're planted Flourish in that land Hear, hear how your heart sings and Shine just where you stand (Shine where you . . )
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!
Be The Light by Val Regan (written for Holocaust Memorial Day)
Val did record a lovely video of it with all 5 parts coming in but I think she must have removed it from YouTube. As we’ve learnt few parts now I’ve made a little reminder video for you instead and if I ever come across Val’s again I’ll show you that. Click here to link to my reminder video.
Be the light Be the light Be the light In the darkness be the light
Simply There by Jenny Goy (lyric) and Paul Marks Joffe (music)
It came out of a songwriting project by Levow an Bys, a Cornish choir run by Pip Wright. If you’re ever in Penzance then look Pip up and have a go at her morning group called the Dawn Chorus – a drop in singing session. She’s a treasure! and I modelled my own Dawn Chorus in Kendal on hers.
Simply there Simply there Stay a while Stay a while And be simply there
Hold you in our circle by Emily Roblyn
We hold you in our circle Hold you in our love Hold you in our circle Hold you in our love
And click here to see my teaching video of that one
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.