More snow and a bit of Frank Spencer

13 Oct

Hi everyone

Week 4 already.  It’ll be Christmas before we know it – hooray!

There was a definite theme this week and we dived in with four two feet.


Snow. Snow. Snow.

Snow. Snow. Snow. It won’t be long before we’ll all be there with snow


We have Randy Snow, Berlin Snow to wash your face and hands with, then we let it snow and end up dreaming of a white Christmas. If you know the word ‘snow’ you’ve probably done about 75% of the word learning. So all that’s left to master is when, where and how to sing ‘snow’, oh and the other 25% of the words.

Easy eh? Snow way can that be right.


Jing jing jing jing jing jing jing

Jing jing jing jing jing jing jing


Whilst sledging our way through Randy (Newman) ‘Snow’ Gary shared with us some suggested collective names for the different voice parts in the choir. There’s a grumble of basses, an absence of tenors, a whinge of altos (don’t worry I’ve already whinged about this one), and he couldn’t remember the one for the sopranos.  So I would like to suggest it’s a tinkle of sopranos.  It’s between a tinkle or a piddle of sopranos. I can’t decide which I like best (or even why I like them).

In the ‘Let it Snow intro’ the altos get to sing the tune and to be Frank we love it.


Mmmm Betty

Mmmm Betty


We managed to sing it all the way through without a whoopsie. In the final ‘Betty’ bar we get to sing higher than the tinkling/piddling sopranos, even though they’re upstairs and tinkling on us from above. For anyone playing Gary Bingo there was a chance to cross off “there’s no ‘F’ in Bar 13”. Perhaps next week we’ll get that old chestnut of “hands up Alto 1s” or “who’s got the tenor pencil?”

In the full ‘Let it Snow’ Gary could feel us all girding up for the final bars. Perhaps it was the gun slinging cowboy stances that gave us away. It’s been a while since we did any loin girding. Do you think we do that without even realising?

Mark found that the introduction to two numbers were similar, so we ended the rehearsal with an impromptu mash up of ‘Jesus You are Snow. Hallelujah!’





I enjoyed the rehearsal and there were some good little tests thrown in – ‘Jesus You Are Him’ and ‘Hallelujah’ without books, trying not to laugh too much at ‘mmm Betty’, and trying not to choke on a polo whilst singing ‘Hallelujah’.

I’ve now got a CD that works, so I’ve got no excuse and will have to start learning in earnest. Well that would be wise wouldn’t it?


Happy word learning and see you all next week.

Lorraine xx


ps. I know I’ve included it before, but I love this so much. Here is the Silent Monks’ version of the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’. I hope by showing it again Gary will think about including it in our concert.



2 Responses to “More snow and a bit of Frank Spencer”

  1. Helen Pryor October 14, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    Thanks Lorraine, that was wonderful, a morning ‘titter’ – I so needed that!
    Much love from a tittering ‘tinkling/piddler’.

  2. Jean Greenwood October 30, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    Missed your blog this week. Will we get an extra long one next time? Hope so!

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