Sunday, August 26, 2012

Easy songs for your choir 1: what is ‘easy’?

This post is part of a series of occasional Questions and Answers. Just use the
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Linda writes:
“Because I like to sing, my work has asked me to do a lunch time fun singing workshop for my colleagues. I would dearly like to do this as it would be fun, but I have no idea where to start and what songs to teach.
I imagine when you say rounds it is 3 blind mice etc. but I don't know what a call & response song is or a chant. Could you please start me off with a few ideas?”

Sunday, August 19, 2012

It’s too hot to sing! – choosing the right space to work in

Summer has finally arrived in the UK. We’ve been praying for sunshine for so long, but now it’s just a little TOO hot (30deg C)!

too hot
Photo by enfad

Too hot to do anything really other than lay under a shady tree sipping Pimms. Certainly too hot to sing.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

What songs matter to you the most?

The Guardian has recently started a project called Six Songs of Me that asks which songs matter most to each of us on a personal level.

Alanis Morissette
Photo by MvanM

I thought it might be a fun idea to do the same kind of survey here, but in the context of songs we have sung ourselves – whether we learnt them from our Mum, at school or in a professional choir.

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Don’t sing because you’re happy — be happy because you sing!

Staring at a blank page waiting for the muse to strike. Slumped in a chair waiting to feel energised enough to go jogging. Feeling down and the last thing you want to do is to sing.

smiling singers

Sounds familiar? Next time, rather than waiting to feel the urge, take action and the feeling will follow.