Sunday, November 06, 2005

"HEARTSON CHOIR TO VISIT THE SUNDAY MARKET ON THE ARCHIPELAGO

On hearing that talent was in short supply,
and that free performance acts were unheard of
I decided to ask some friends of mine
If by chance they would like to sing in a market place
On an island in the Umbrian Mountains.
No sooner had I mentioned Umbrian then all hell broke loose
22 women and a few men all dressed in black slacks and red tops
descended on my doorstep.
Red bows in the females hair,red shoes on dainty feet,red earings on the ears of young blonde faces ..(The blokes are pretty convential).
Ok ok ok I said to them...now we travel light
A back-pack a few bits and pieces and your red folders and music.
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We would set off on the Sunday evening....
But firstly I had to arrange with the Donkey Union Sec for some
travel arrangements....This done ,"No trouble Fran they call her".
Don't ask about the donkeys I said to the choir as they opened their mouths to speak....just get on ......don't argue.you don't need to leave 20 or more donkeys on your front porch for too long.
You must be firm with choirs, as they tend to all babble at once
Highly strung as my Mother would call them, like actors.
The journey was without mishap ,a warm night a clear sky ,starry heavens and a full moon...what more could we want.
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We arrived to a crowd gathered at the entrance gate to the Market Place to be greeted by many familiar faces
Coridal ,tea and water was offered and some nice home baked cookies and cake...Some for us some for the donkeys.
We formed a 1/2 circle under the tall bay trees in a shady spot.as people kept coming in and rustling chairs and stools and bales of hay to sit on the noise was of a very high level....
Maryanne ...The Choirmistress.....Lifted her baton to the crowd
and asked if the noise level could be lowered
Maryanne is tall,statuesque and very professional in her conducting ,
as well as being beautiful......
She knows well these mountains as she has sung in an Italian Gospel Choir some 12 months ago.
Maryanne plays cello (Not on this Trip) and Jazz piano (Not on this trip) but sings divinly.....ON WITH THE SHOW
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We (did I tell you) sing in harmony 2.3.4. part and some solo performences also...no musical instruments at all....just beautiful music straight from the soul,singing for the joy of singing.
We chose EVENING RISE AS OUR 1ST SONG
Evening rise,spirit come,sun goes down when the day is done
Mother earth awakens me with the heartbeat of the sea
Ooh Ooh Ooh Ooh and so on....

THEN an
African Lullaby...
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THEN Ancient Mother...
Ancient Mother I hear your calling
Ancient mother I hear your song
Ancient Mother I hear your laughter
Ancient Mother I taste your tears
This a chant from Peru celebrating
The Univesal Mother as the Life Giver, creator of all things.
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THEN....MOLLY MALONE.
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THEN ...YOU are MY SUNSHINE
****Followed by...What will we do with the Drunken Sailor with actions and banging of feet on the floor.
......THEN.......
Down to the River to Pray.
which
goes like this.

As I went down to the river to pray studyin about the good ol way
and who shall wear the starry crown,Good Lord show me the way
Then followed by 5 more verses of the above
with Mothers,Daughters,Fathers,Sons etc ...Good fun song.

THE CHOIR then does some solo items
and we sing another 12 or so songs and ask the audience assembled to join in and be a part of the songs they know.

THIS is a huge success because no one is saying.."YOU can't sing if you can't read the music" NOT TRUE says Maryanne ......We sing together because of a love of creating music and being as one ........

Now as I told le Enchanteur,Baba Yaga,The Enchantress and all those thousands who semed to have arrived when they heard the music of the HEARTSONG choir ..."THERE IS NO CHARGE"....
This brought clapping,yelling,whistling and cries of More more more......

AND TO END THIS PERFORMANCE.....WE ALL AGREED THAT
' A GOOD DAY WAS HAD BY ALL'....

A partly true story by Lois (Muse of the Sea) and a member of
the Heartsong Choir 7th Nov 2005.

4 Comments:

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Gail Kavanagh said...

Your singing was beautiful and your choice of music most impressive - I love world music and especially enjoyed the African and Peruvian songs - please come again.

 
At 1:03 AM, Blogger Lois said...

Thank you Gail.......
Except for the mistakes in spelling when I put the story in print it was a great day.....The Nursing Home residents we sang for enjoyed the day and joined in with us when able to,so Sunday 7th was indeed a busy day.

2 perfomances must make us stars.
Lots of great photos taken by a friend (Age 85) who develops her own films ...Oh we women is there no end to our talent....

Hope when I see le Enchanteur next she can put one on the site
so you can see us in our finery.

Lois (Muse of the Sea) 7-11-05....

PS Sorry everyone for my bad spelling today....just tired I think.

It is HEARTSONG CHOIR ....
Not...HEARTSON

 
At 3:41 AM, Blogger Imogen Crest said...

Loved this idea Lois. Hope we get to see some pics.

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger le Enchanteur said...

This is a wonderful presentation Lois. I could see and hear you all. Standing ovation for you darling. We most certainly could do with some photographs.

 

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