12 October 2017

Once more into the hall dear friends ... to begin our practice with a nice little scale, and a none-word version of You Raise Me Up. 

In notices, Ed said he does appreciate when choir give him feedback, and some people have voiced opinions on some of the songs, and also a preference of singing with Ed and his piano as oppose to karaoke tracks. 

We may not use karaoke tracks for the next few weeks, but we will still be using YouTube as we did next to listen to Life’s About To Get Good. And life in DFS is about to go into three parts. Our dear choir master broke these down for us! Concert Ready? Not quite. The middle part seems really hard to grasp onto, but we stood to perform it as we sounded ‘proper choir’...

We didn’t do the crooning version of Walk Right Back, just a nice jolly Ed-and-piano one. He spent some time breaking down the harmonies, which is good coz I think a few of us need to hear it more than a few times! Suddenly we ended up a little harmony heavy...

And next in support of this years nautical charity, we got Jack to dig out Song Of The Sea and Ed tried to remember the song that he wrote some years ago. I must ask the choir master if I can bring my seagull-on-a-stick that I made in 2010 inspired by this very song. We stood to perform and moved onto a slightly more uptempo version of Across The Universe, and the naturally up tempo I’m Into Something Good, right after someone who hadn’t read the blog asked what ‘jai guru deva om’ meant. 

We are just Keeping The Dream Alive when Ed explained which end notes go up and which go down and to encourage a bit of a fluffier flutter in the middle - I love you-ooooo! 

Soon choir will be having a lovely meeting to discuss choir plans and a future tour of course, and we finished with Bring Him Home with Mike’s love and blessing and the healing hands of May on my shoulders as she sang behind me. Choir sounded fab. 

So keep singing amazing choir, even when you’re not in the bathroom... love from Cat Blogger xxx

5 October 2017

Back in the hall again we found Alan the skipper was thrilled that this years charity for DFS Weymouth and Portland is in fact MV FREEDOM, and he gave a vote of thanks on behalf of MV Freedom, because boats can’t talk anyway. We may well be singing Song Of The Sea in fine support of this. Probably not out at see as MPF is a tad small for DFS. 

After our warm up, the screen lit up with the words of Across The Universe as thankfully the hall was free to use, the WiFi was working and a hat left behind last week was reunited with a head. Ed would love us to be brave and daring with some harmonies over the tops all nice and lovely! 

We are Keeping The Dream Alive even if no one knows the harmony, so another run-through was had, in the key of   A  G. And a capela. We did well. Are you sure which bits go up and which go down? I might post some useful arrows ...

Then we sang a song I’m much too young to know, Walk Right Back. It’s lovely to listen to DFS sometimes. A small slide is permitted in this song, but watch the timing of ‘I’m so lonesome every day’ because some so and so’s sing so too early. 

You tube was fired up, at the third attempt, bad internet, and we sang along to a karaoke version of Lay All Your Love On Me. Ed said this was a new one for choir but I couldn’t help thinking we had done it before. Then it hit me, one day in the old days of choir when we rehearsed in the music rooms, we once handed round some booklets containing the Mama Mia medley and had a reet good sing. Who was there?

You tube came into itself again to show us the new Shania Twain song, Lifes About To Get Good, and then some note bashing on the piano and our words on the screen. How we love the technology when it works. It really started to come together, apart from we need more roughing up ... eh? Sometimes our rythm goes all to pot and needs rediscovering. We have always learned songs quickly, encouraged Ed ... Then we had a stand and perform.

Back to YouTube for Beach Baby complete with bouncing pink letters on a fetching aqua

And I’m also mostly much too young to remember that, and we moved to Seasons Of Love an old friend of choir, with our words and the piano. Nice. 

And tonight’s random-oke winner was Don’t Look Back In Anger. Boss. 

Keep up the good work DFS, I love you, sing your hearts out, especially in the supermarket! Xxx

28 September 2017

The one surprisingly in the common room again, with free internets, and secret ballot slips for charity voting. This will allow for anonymity, posting slips and voting for this years charity. 

Nominations included MV Freedom, The Air Ambulance, and Weldmar Hospice Care, tuggling at our heart strings tonight. 

Then with that to ponder, we slipped into a quick warm up, before diving into you tube beginning our new and revisited songs with Keeping The Dream Alive. And after an online run through Ed whipped out his battery-powered piano, and changed the key to G, demonstration the low harmony for the harmonising harmony harmonisers. Ed wanted more brightness which is difficult because the common room eats acoustics for a hobby. 

Then it was time to Walk Right Back in G again, but even as I was blogging that fact, Ed said nothing is set in stone, even the key of G. A slide is permitted in this song, by the way.  There was a possibility of a little choreography slipped in but just as in DFS Dorchester, it was quickly vetoed, before we stood to sing, Ed belting out the harmony nice and loud so it wouldn’t drown in the absorbent carpet. 

We knew that with the next song that Life’s About To Get Good, but the internet would not play so it was time to try I’m Into Something Good with a little piano accompanyment and some a capela while we worked out the harmony part and the ooooOOOOOooooo bits too. Please listen to the middle bit for homework this week. We accidentally ended up in G which wasn’t quite right for this song. 

Across The Universe we went, for a little dabble at another brand new song, not even tested last night with DFS Dorchester, it was an absolute DFS premier. We dabbled in D which made a nice change from all that G, and learned some possibly yoga terminology which I’m going to run through google I think. 
I found out, “The refrain "Jai Guru Deva Om" is a mantra intended to lull the mind into a higher consciousness. The words are in Sanskrit, and they mean "I give thanks to Guru Dev," who was the teacher of The Maharishi.” Nice. 

And then without asking Mike we launched into an impressive Bring Him Home. Its a little high but we can do it. 

Jack got our appreciation for doing so well to keep us singing, and we all scribbled on slips and slipped out the door for another week. 

Keep singing and don’t forget your homework, with love, Cat xxx

21 September 2017

The one without the Internets ...

Back in the school hall again did DFS Weymouth and Portland meet for the start of their 10th year ...

Ed is very organised this year because the 7th December will see us Christmas-concerting in the very same school hall. There were no lyrics to hand out, because that would save trees, but at the mention of  'words on the screen', Jack dived beneath the mixing desk to retrieve the missing internets. When we have decided on songs that pass choir tasting, words will become avaible on paper. Sadly the missing internets could not be found. 

After a successful warm up we had a look at sharing folders so we could at least be last-season. Our first song, Soolaimon, does have a lot words the same so that was helpful! 

Missing from our first night was a sweet medley from Gershwin, a Green Day number called Wake Me Up When September Ends and Bring Him Home, Seasons Of Love and a Jolly song called Life's About To Get Good...Walk Right Back... Do look on our web site if you want the lyrics, that is, if you have internets of course.

Then we sang Wings because we are very good at that. Apart from the people who had forgotten their parts. After some work we were good enough for a stand-and-sing performance, so we did!

After that perfect piece, Ed announced the second coming of our Christmas medley sometime in November, and then gave the old Blog a plug so I had to stop writing and wave!

Do Wah Diddy Diddy what we do'd next, in our 'evening of nostalgia', just one awesome run through, before The Impossible Dream had all the folders shuffled yet again, and we ran through it again in a different key, just for fun. 

The a double bill of The Mamas and Papas It's Getting Better followed by some California Dreaming and do remember your

When We Were Young was the last of our look backs, before Ed reintroduced the prospect of Random-oke which will return next week with the internets. Simply scribble your desired song on a bit of paper and slip it into Ed's box for completely random selection and no vetting whatsoever. Ed plugged the blog, which meant I had to stop typing, and wave, and I accidentally hit UNDO and not SAVE so this blog is a wee bit late ...

Do You Hear The People Sing? Yes of course you do, especially the men, because not even a lack of internets and A4 sheets will silence DFS, which is good because we are a community choir after all, I don't come for the dance routines.

Finally, do look forward to our AGM, and some forms next week for voting about what matters to you at choir, for example our chosen charity for the year (being chosen next week) and the destination of our next choir tour. 

I love you, keep singing, Cat xxx

6 July 2017

The one with the wine and fans ... 

We opened with Don't Stop Me Now all rousing and lovely. Not nessesarily together but fun. I sat in the welcome fan with my hair all 80's. 

At the front of choir were prices of paper to put song offerings before Jack The Judge, because tonight's the last choir night for round about 10 weeks, but the good news is in 2 weeks time we have a social at Wey Valley School in the diner, for a fab Kareoke night, food provided, and bring booze. I mean pop. 

Have a think about a charity for next term, and about joining the choir travel committee to help choose next years choir tour. 

Amd after notices we warmed up with Dona Nobis Parcem because we are a very classy lovely choir who never drink too much wine. 

The first song (to revisit) shouted out from stage left Down Town but the school web had other ideas and banned the lyrics for quite sometime. Eventually Jack overcame the naughty hedgehog and found us some words to sing along so Ed wouldn't feel silly. Choir members bustled forward with pieces of paper and tried not to fall up the steps to Jack!

And from stage right One Day Like This left, Song Of The Sea. We giggled because ed wondered if he could remember the chords. Stage left chose The Way Old Friends Do for old times sake! Fields Of Gold pleased us before Rosé warmed everyone's cockles! 

We had a quick snack break and dived into Seasons Of Love as well as popcorn and brownies, before the clean version of Rolling In The Deep washed down with more lemonade. Rule The World just about raised the school roof, and Dancing Queen is a choir favourite that's for sure! 

And for the finale, we didn't have to put any chairs away, Ed counted hands of who is coming next week and made us cry saying how much he loved and appreciated up doing what we do. We gave Jack a huge round of applause and we stood to sing A Little Respect and we saw that it was good. 

See you in 2 weeks, have fun singing in your everyday and have a great summer too. See you in September, when choir will be 9! Love you xxx

29 June 2017

The one with the gap ....

We had an unreasonably large Isle, so Ed had 'stage right' shuffle over to 'stage left', to facilitate a more intimate evening. Then he launched into notices without letting my blogging thumbs warm up! Saturday may be raining but if you can, be at the rose garden for our one o'clock aprearance. 

Ed has proudly booked Christmas concerts up to 2019 but won't be releasing dates until a little later, and whipped out a laser pointer to clarify the way the sheet music works, and fired up Dona Nobis Pacem on the old piano, by way of a warm up. It's really easy until we put it into its three parts, then as a part three, I'm lost. Mind you, it sounds like Christmas! 

And God Only Knows was sung through before dissecting, and followed by California Dreaming, and Do Wah Diddy Diddy, with voting for the concert repertoire after each number. That was exciting. Soolaimon was sung too and along with The Impossible Dream and then a round of voting and a creation of a set list for Saturday. 


Then we decided some of these songs to sing again, and sang Wings, well, we flew through it, with a recap of the three parts of 'Damn These Walls'. Oh and a revisit of the Oh Oh Oh's before the Worzels showed up for a cider. 

God Only Knows was given a stand-up performance, but with Ed playing live it was easy to mis a cue or two. 

To dream The Impossible Dream, yes that's Ed and his driving to separate do-dos from Bah-Bahs, and the rest. So we stood proud, to sing it in his honour. It's ready for our final sing song. Didn't we do well. 

And even though there was no random-oke this week, because we were working so hard, we were not sad because we knew that next week would be wall-to-wall random-oke, rosé, pringles and cake. 

See you next week I love you, Cat Xxx

22 June 2017

The one where it had very much cooled down again ... and that was a good tho because we needed a warm up! Daisy said we sounded like geese or ducks. Clever us. 

Socially we can all meet in the holidays at Goulds Garden Centre in the summer holidays which is fab. And friendly. Our official choir social is Thursday 20 July and more details will follow. 

And we started with our Latin flavoured round, Dona Nobis Pacem. We all sang it together to revise is from last week, then split into our three parts. Well I say we. I was away last week so sat open-mouthed pretending I was in dead posh Inverness Choral Societly again, where you have auditions and have to sit in parts. Mike listened too, and gave everyone a huge clap when they had completed 2 complete rounds a Capella and beautifully. Wow. Just wow. 

Then straight into California Dreamin' on such a summers day as this. Ed had to help us with the melody at the end of the verses. Thanks Ed. 

God Only Knows how we got this good, but we have and that's that. Hands up Oo-ers, said Ed? And Who are Do-doos? Show of hands, he continued. Oo-ers got 8 out of 10. There were only two Do-doos, but they were marvellous. Finally Ba-ba-bahs got 7 out of ten and might have been a bit jealous of the do-doos getting 10 out of ten. I could hardly blog for the tears in my eyes. 

Then it was stand and perform time while the going was good and oooohs, doos, and baaaahs were all scoring 9! 

But to gain full marks will be to dream The Impossible Dream but here at DFS we always do. Earnestly and sincerely. Remember this one starts steady and softly and builds. Revisit the art of shifting gears which I blogged about originally some years ago. 

Soolaimon brought forth another wow. Meridy wanted some long notes in the chorus so we did some, before standing to perform again. 

A revisit song, Story Of A Heart I remember singing at the Wey Bay Church many ancient moons ago. We had worked hard and it was time for our reward and Rolling In The Deep with er, strong lyrics. That one slipped by the censor. Just another passing ship. 

I love you DFS keep doing what you do and see you next week xxxx

8 June 2017

And once again we gathered together for the final weeks of year eight, and began an invigorating warm-up, so apt for a night like tonight. 

Then Ed plugged a musical event, to kick off notices, and gave stunning feedback on the fair in the square. We are already booked for next year. 

We kicked off with Wings, with the treat of new any-oke songs and two new choir songs to enjoy tonight. We were marvellous. I love you DFS. 

Soolaimon was a really new song, and introduced to us by Ed singing it, and I sent a snippet to a certain 11 year old, who thought it was cool. It was really fun to work with, as it split into such sweeeeet lovely harmonies that Ed was visibly moved and we were able to stand and do our first performance! 

There are no other choirs doing Soolaimon on you tube, so get ready to be the first. I have a SONY don't forget...

And, to continue the 'religious bent', The Impossible Dream filled our eager mouths and our powerful lungs and we gave it a good run through, apart from a few tricky bits, and after a careful dissection, we stood to perform. Perhaps it wasn't so new as it sounded a lot like a certain song from Les Mis ... 

God Only Knows how well we worked tonight because we gave that a run through before singing All Around My Hat that I had mostly remembered wrongly from childhood! How we love random-oke!

Well done tackling those new songs today DFS. You rock. Keep in rocking it, love Cat xxx