15 March 2018

Out next concert at St Nicholas church is two weeks time, parking in Dorchester road and of course please feel free to sing at the concert at URC the night before too. Cakes and biscuits will be sold at the URC to help raise monies for choir charities! 

And Dum Dum Diddly off we went! Followed by more notices, when we learned that DFS Tour was called off, and it’s suggested that we do a DFS day trip would be in order instead. Thanks were given to all that came to sing on Saturday where DFS sounded great and the acoustics were marvellous! Members of the public joined in with some of the singing and even added actions too. 

We have two songs to consider that have not been rehearsed for a while, they have already been voted off by DFS Dorch and replaced with others. 

We attempted a noisy and confident start with Build Me Up Buttercup, and continued with Voulez-Vous, which sounded full of joy on Saturday. Remember Masters not Mar-sters, of the sea, and nice and gentle with the Ah-ha, no laughing policemen. At all. Then after working on those for a bit, with a ton of conviction we stood to perform and it was very much better and with lots of improvements. Thanks Ed. 

And thanks to Lily we know How Far I’ll Go quite well. Don’t forget to snatch lots of little breaths or cooperative with a neighbor to cover each other’s big breaths and it should all come out in the wash. Hopefully not pink. 

Since You’ve Been Gone with its heavier than ever backing track popped up for rehearsal next. The harmonies were lacking so it was time to thrash those out at the piano. 

We revisited Karma Chameleon and popped the key up a bit. I’m sorry I don’t manage to grab those for the blog anymore. I think it’s classified information. Or is it classical? Back-burner is were this song ended up after a quick vote. 

The song that practically sings itself, Perfect, also came under consideration so next week we will deside whether to sing it all together in the concert or have a soloist? It’s so lovely I’ve been singing it a lot at home. 

Next Hallelujah with the silent H was followed by I Am What I Am starting with low voices as usual. Hold onto your Am at the end. 

Finally, just for fun, we sang Do You Hear The People Sing before having a collection for The Street Pastors here in our twin. Remember them when you are tucked up in bed at the weekend, keep singing and remember I love you xxx. 

8 March 2018

Back again after snowmageddon we all Dum Dum Diddley’d and further warmed up, before finding out today that we would be having backing tracks, and a conductor Ed. In notices, our trip is still pending enough singers. We have a concert at St Nicks church broadway on Thursday 29th March, not forgetting the URC concert the night before with the lovely DFS Dorch. 

The running order will follow and was sung in order tonight, beginning with our wake-up song - 

Build Me Up Buttercup and it needed more fire in its belly! Do not mix up your babies and your darlings or we will sound silly. 

Hallelujah saw me terribly distracted by texts from a poorly 11 year old so I sent her snippets as we sang to make her smile! You don’t know how far your voice goes sometimes! 

Voulez Vous has a nice funky backing track with a decent intro and a dad-dance to go with it too. Ed too responsibility for that fact that we fell apart on this one, and gave us a second chance, both to sing it right and see his groovy moves, and it was much better. 

How Far I’ll Go has two very important gaps! And follow the commas for tiny little breaths so you can keep going. After going all through the running order, we came back to this song again. 

The Rose requires us to be uniform in our singing of river, razor, etc. making them a tidy three syllables! 

And with very heavy-metal backing, even heavier than the original, comes Since You’ve Been Gone and our choir master was very excited! It sounded nice. Too nice. 

The Vicar Of Dibley. Breathing is vital. You can squeeze in a little one before ‘beside’ if you feel short. 

I Am What I Am found Ed’s smart watch announcing that trying to conduct DFS results in a Dynamic Workout with three bourbon creams. I wish my Fitbit was half as impressed with our singing because some of these numbers really feel like we’ve been jogging. This song being so fast is no exception and because of that requires really good diction. 

And for a special treat at the very end we sang Jerusalem! Wow! 

Well done DFS, I love you, keep singing, see you soon xxxx

22 February 2018

We were welcomed back after half term by an urgent Facebook post telling us we were meeting in the dining room this very night! Quell surprise! 

We started with notices with news of a first appearance on 10 March in Dorchester, and St Nicholas church in broadway would love to have us sing there in the future too. Look out for posters of our Easter concert available next week. 

The Vicar Of Dibley was tonight’s warm up. Mega posh please with par-stures not PAstures and feel free to rolls your Rrrrrrrrs. The last forever is a very sweet solo filled by this weeks volunteer. They don’t nessesary need to sing it forever .... 

Since You’ve Been Gone well we have had half term, but who’s remembered how to sing this one? It sounded lovely but really demands a different style to Vicar Of Dibley. It needs to be the most raucous we have ever been. So we all made rock faces and tried again, to the sound of Ed growling over the piano. Just remember tho if it hurts, don’t! I was afraid of snapping an elastic. Braces please, not knicker elastic! 

And while ‘up there’ some of us whipped off our hoodies and dived into Build Me Up Buttercup with full enthusiasm. We laughed as parts fell off the organ, and we quickly ran out of steam. Hallelujah. We had a listen to a live recording to identify places for big pauses and just to enjoy the recording. The big paws were officially dropped. Party on, DFS. Lots of high harmony would be lovely too. 

We will sing How Far I’ll Go to keep the youngsters happy, because it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. We know some of the lines have too many words in, but practice will make Perfect and although it had not been sung for a while, we did a really good job of it and it will be included in our indoor concerts. We gently slipped into The Rose. 

The suddenly the blogging app crashed and lost half of my blog post just as we decided to end with I Am What I Am and run for the door as the clock struck 8. Keep singing, and I’ll keep blogging, recover the missing notes and click publish to reward you for a lot of energetic work tonight! Well done DFS, The Cat XXX

8 February 2018

And so, with extra small people because it was half term, DFS gathered in the dining room where everything was ready for us apart from Ed’s organ. Of course we won’t be here next week, but the following Thursday we will be back in the hall again. 

Songy warm-ups instead of excersize warm-ups began with Hallelujah and we got to vote on PAUSE or NO PAWS, with a demo first, and THE PAUSE won. 

Out now is our trip itinerary, but nothings set in stone as yet, Voulez-Vous? Then Ed stopped leading us astray and added another Sylabul to ‘La question’ so we will see how that turns out. It was sounding a bit choral and Ed wanted more pop. 

The church organ came out for a song revisit, The Vicar Of Dibley. Parts will be available soon in the form of sheet music, for any who read such like and would like to sing other parts. 

Karma Chameleon popped up in a different key. One day I might blog which one we settle on? It’s going to sound fabulous once Ed has created the backing track. Since You’ve Been Gone requires raucous singing and contains a few little pitfalls for tired DFS members to stumble into. One is singing whoa not Oh, but we still sounded a bit too nice. 

And gently does it with The Rose that sounded proper well good then we ran through How Far I’ll Go and Build Me Up Buttercup which is coming along nicely. The penultimate song was I Am What I Am, when it’s important for everyone to know where they am, and for the finale, we took votes and sang Hallelujah. 

Well done DFS you worked well in the room with no acoustics to speak of, go home and have a nice cup of tea, listen to you tube and see you after half term, love, The Cat xxx

1 February 2018

Traffic may, still an issue near the school but the hall was full of happy choir members ready to warm up before notices. 

No letters for Chichester are available this week, because much of the itinerary remains to be confirmed. Watch this space. 

New songs can be suggested to Ed in many ways, verbally at choir, by email or little notes are all fine but DFS Dorch members have gone a step further and written in a poly pocket on headed paper, and even included a DVD of a certain to medleys. Maybe we will sing them, who knows. 

The Rose was our first song, and we looked at those timings again, with Ed playing metronome, before attempting a brand new song Since You’ve Been Gone. We were encouraged to apply controlled raucousness and decided to change Oh’s to Whoa’s, but do watch the numbers and the meaningful gap. A few choir members were left exposed. Don’t be that person. Ed outlined the harmony, following the melody starting with the note from the first verse, and we stood to perform. Dare to power-grab. 

With only a 30 second break on our bottoms, shuffling papers to find the words, we stood again to belly dance. I mean song Voulez Vous. Those timing are still giving us a run for our vocal-money. 

But Hallelujah it was time for another song. Please drop your aiches DFS ...

Build Me Up Buttercup OOOO-oooo-oooo baby, and onto the anthemic I Am What I Am  beginning with men only for those important first two opening lines, and we ended with Lily singing How Far I’ll Go recorded at Fulvia’s 60th Birthday. We were allowed to sing along if we wanted to but we all listened before singing the last two choruses with Ed and his piano. 

Wow DFS didn’t we do well? Keep singing, that’s not why I love you xxx

25 January 2018

Once more into the hall dear friends, Ed began by checking everyone had all the words to all the songs we are working on. Warm up began with some copying of scales and then some of are classics, such fun. 

We have been asked to to The Rose Garden, on the 14 July and we have time to decide if we want to do that, because it will be after choir has finished for the summer. 

4th May is our Chichester trip, and next week there will itineraries available from next week and you can hand in deposits from then too if you like. 

We began with Build Me Up Buttercup and ran head first into that dodgy note, then we had a good talking to, and totally nailed it, to the choir master’s extreme surprise, even though he made us do it twice more before slipping into The Rose. But the naughty high harmonies came in a verse too early, and then everything sounded a bit sad. Maybe choir were scared to get it wrong, so Ed had to reassure us of his love, plus a couple of starting notes for good measure. 

And up tempo again to Voulez Vous just in case The Rose made anyone, not Jack, fall asleep. I decided to do a Facebook Live video just to prove I can actually sing now and I got lots wrong. Haha, or is it Ah-ha? Take good care not to be Pirates, or even emphasise the Ah not the Haaaaa.  

Back to earth, and English, Hallelujah, not forgetting the free-for-all-ending and I waited to see who would go for it. Ed went for it. Well done choirmaster! Then he introduced a harmony, a low one in the second second verse, and a high harmony hitting a note that he’s not achieved before. Nice. No gap must be left between the ends of the verses and the Hallelujah. Hallelujah said Ed, when we seemed to have got it, Lovely. 

And to see who did their homework we sang How Far I’ll Go which is quite a jog. After a run through we did it A Capella to sort out some of our timings, before having a whizz through Karma Chameleon. My mum once video’d this off top of the pops, and we played it twice as fast because our player would do that. Ed sang the nice overlaps and harmonies like a boss. 

Grand finale, I Am what I Am, starting with men only for the first two lines. I love you DFS, keep singing! Xxx

18 January 2018

This week song booklets were by the hall door, just to keep everyone on their toes. Or heelys, if you are my daughter. Before warm ups we had a whistle stop tour of the website. Sadly the blog couldn’t be shared because of the very important school firewall that keeps out all potentially naughty blog posts. 

Then everybody but me sang Dum Dum Diddley followed by some sliding nice lovely scales, and some of our more familiar warm ups. I can hum but I felt like my newly screwed down palate might vibrate off. 

Our first song, is only a bit new. We had sung the chorus before as a choir, when Harry used to come in and play ukulele and Ed was singing all the verses. Hallelujah! Ed played around to find the key and we sang our socks off. At the end there’s a big ad lib section and anything goes. Well, so long as it’s in tune! Ot was declared a work in progress. 

And bang up to date, How Far I’ll Go from the film Moana. YouTube gave us a preview and we all listened while a select few Moana fans sang along. For homework listen and learn, and maybe watch the film, it’s better then frozen anyway. This song is new to half of choir, but it does have a sea theme, and that’s good given this years charity of choice. 

And onto Voulez-Vous that we met last week. I think we remembered most of it. To do some harmony work, we sang with the keyboard beat and Ed conducting. Hmmm. The gentlemen were given a world or two about the execution of the ‘Ah-has’... and generally there was another ‘chat’ about timing. Not on the beat! So we stood to perform it, does it even have an intro? 

And to gentle it all down we sang The Rose, and with all the harmonies too. This song needs to build to a meaty middle and then ease down to a soft ending. 

And to get us going again Build Me Up Buttercup which we sang so well over in Normandy in 2013. Evidence is on the blog somewhere if you look. It’s still a rather good concert filler, and won’t take too much work.

And starting with just the men singing from their boots we launched into I Am What I Am! And Ed set listening to Perfect by Ed Sheeran for homework, but also sang some of it for us. I guess I will slap that one on my Spotify and dance with the dog. 

With the clock at 8pm, just for fun, we ‘sang’ Karma Chameleon and I felt very old. Once we got into it, it sounded pretty good! 

Well done DFS, I love you - keep signing! Cat xxx

11 January 2018

Happy New Year to DFS Weymouth and Portland who were happy to back in the hall again at All Saints school. We will be in the hall for all sessions until half term, so with glee we launched into a warm up, a Dum Dum Diddley Diddley!

But Ed, without the right end on his lead, had his piano turned up so loud that he couldn’t hear us at all so a huge chair shift took place so we could snuggle up. Amen ..

In announcements we met our list of brand new songs. A member of MV Freedom gave a vote of thanks for the money raised at the Christmas concert. 

We started proper singing with The Rose and a brief reminder of the harmony because this song is quite well known to seasoned members of DFS. And then, with Ed conducting, we flatly began to sing Al Fresco. A note about sssssss and another note about syncopation were made, and a note from the piano got us unflattered again. A smiling DFS sang again as our lifted cheeks lifted the sweet little tune right out of the durge it had fallen into. And I smiled too in support, although I’m not yet singing. With some extra work on the harmony parts this song was beginning to sound a lot more confident, as choir stood to perform it. 

We also revisited Build Me Up Buttercup and a fantastic bum note or two and because Ed wanted some more lively numbers this term. Someone was doing a Billy Ocean. Ooooohs are so hard to get right. There was no backing track to work with so Al Fresco again it was to fine tune a thing or three, and back to the piano to refine the second to last HEART ... the C# one before the key change. Oh dear. It’s going to be a looooong term .......

Then we moved to whizz through the rest of the songs beginning with Voulez-Vous and a nice bit of disco rhythm to boot! Choir had to split into AH-HA people and THE INBETWEENY BITS people. Fantastically upbeat, Ed left both Jack and the choir behind!  The beat sure needed sorting out and the French pronounciation too! 

And then to calm things down, Say You, Say Me. And breathe. Wasn’t this once an advert? 

And then to finish, I Am What I Am to see how the key fit. Ed broke the piano. 

Well done everyone, do your homework and keep singing xxxx