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Carolyn’s Notes for Virtual Rehearsal 10 – 16/6/20

Published on June 16, 2020,

Dear Choir members

“Prejudice is an emotional commitment to ignorance”

Can’t remember where I read these words of wisdom by American author, Nathan Rutstein, but they seem very appropriate in these challenging times! I have resolved to listen more to the arguments of those whose views I do not share and try to understand where they are coming from. Difficult!

We are now in Week 10!
So yet more summer songs and rounds to while away the hours!

Warm up

Again look back over the other weeks notes for warm up ideas. There are lots of exercises to go through. Remember to have weight evenly distributed on both feet while singing; weighted shoulders and gap between bottom of rib cage and pelvic bone; level chin and head pulled up like puppet. Again practice using the diaphragm! Hold onto notes at end of phrases to convince yourselves that you really do have lots of breath. Lie flat on your back with knees bent and hand on stomach to locate your diaphragm if you are still in doubt.

Round: Come follow

Come follow, follow, follow,
Follow, follow, follow me!
Whither shall I follow, follow, follow,
Whither shall I follow, follow thee?
To the green wood, to the green wood,
To the green wood follow me!

Anecdote:

This week I harvested my garlic which is now drying off in the conservatory. Not sure whether it will last throughout the whole year but it will serve to keep mosquitos and vampires at bay for a while anyway! 17 bulbs and some, huge!
Also about to harvest the first of the broad beans for tonight. First cucumber and courgettes should be ready next week. What a wonderful time of year!

Song list

Hope you all enjoyed ‘Down the Lane!
The other songs from this term are Brand New Day, Bushes and Briars, Cuckoo in April, Wild Geese, Harbour, Hal an Tow, Rise the Lark, Good Morning Lords and Ladies, The Woodford May song, Rose in June as well as various rounds and all now on the website for you to sing along to! This week’s song is one which some of you will already know. But again there are always some new people in the choir who may not have come across this one yet. This was another one arranged by Craig Morgan Robson which we sang a lot but never recorded. A glorious midsummer song in which no one dies! Rare for a folk song. This is in 3 parts with the tune in the middle sung by both the tunes (sopranos) and altos.

New Song: The Bonny Hawthorn

Anecdote:

Lots of ‘deer’ evidence in the garden including eating the tops of my French beans. This calls for war! I do love to see them but not in my garden. So out with the netting (to cover the produce, not catch the deer!)! I feel the same about foxes! I love to see them but not in my garden, (where one has a nightly foray); a menace to all who keep poultry! The only time I was really pleased to see the fox around my chicken house was when he dug out a nest of rats underneath it! That was before ‘Dizzie’, the rat-catching cat, took up residence.

My word that garlic smells strong!

Keep safe and well!

Carolyn 15 June 2020

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