Sunday, July 05, 2009

When you sing together

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Peceli is often singing around the house and in the car, either hymns or old folk songs, but how much better the sound is when there are twenty Fijians singing together! Sometimes I play the piano for a group of people singing, such as last week at a gated community where older people have their own little cottages but there is a central function dining-room etc.. Only a few people turned up in the community room, but the elderly men and women enjoyed singing the old songs. I played a grand piano which was nice. I wonder though when I'm older and greyer will they still be singing those songs of the 20s? I hope they remember that our generation grew up with rock and roll, Simon and Garfunkel, Elvis....but not Michael J!

Singing together is such a joy and is universal - people in all cultures sing nd there's something bonding about harmonizing voices together - whether in a Welsh choir, the Choir of Hard Knocks, the Joys of the Women - an Italian choir, and others, formal or informal. Pity I can only sing up to E these days. Doh, Ray, Me, Fa, Soh, La, Te, Doh', Ray', Me', Me', Me'. The pitch just stays there!

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