After all the lovely sunshine we've had over the last few months, September might feel like a little bit of a let-down. Officially, September is an autumn month, so it heralds the end of summer and, already, we are starting to see the nights draw in. It doesn't seem so long ago that we were leaving our Wednesday evening Singing Sessions after 9.00pm and driving home in beautiful sunshine. Now the street lights are on and the evening air is cooler.
We might mourn the passing of the summer and the busy round of activities it brings with it but the autumn brings its own opportunities.
Opening our first outdoor performance with a song that includes the lines “Not a cloud in the sky, Got the sun in my eyes” (Top of The World) was always going to be a risk. This is Glasgow after all! Fortunately for us, however, the sun was indeed in our eyes (hence the dark glasses!) and we avoided the thunder, lightning and torrential rain that hit other parts of Glasgow during the afternoon.
On Saturday 9th June a group of ladies from Dynamic Meladies performed a selection of songs at a charity garden party event. The charity, Mothers Care India, raises money to buy school uniforms for children in India and we were invited to provide entertainment at the event. With 350 tickets sold for the event, this was no small undertaking.
Performing in the front garden to guests arriving for the event, presented us with a few challenges. The first of these appeared fairly quickly, as we were setting up, in the form of a bus rumbling along the road a short distance from where we would be performing.
Saturday afternoon match results
Buses v Dynamic Meladies:
Buses 0 Dynamic Meladies 8 (the number of songs we sang!)
Whose idea was it? The idea that we would like to do a performance, so that we could brush up on songs we had learned previously, and not let them just fade away, and so that we had a target to aim for. Worry that it might have been mine, Val’s an Jo’s. But others agreed.
So here we were. Eight of us. In the Big Mouth Coffee Shop, Dumbarton Road, opposite Kelvinhall Tube Station. 7pm and us due to start at 7.30. Tickets £5 per head, in aid of Alzheimer’s. So we wearing purple and black, because Alzheimer Scotland’s colours are purple and white, and some of us didn’t like white.
So, it has been a year since the band got together and I find myself inspired to write. While I haven’t been singing with the ladies for a year, I feel like I have known them for at least that long.
The last few weeks have seen (or heard) us warming up with increasingly more challenging minor scales (think the soundtrack for pantomime baddies) and light and airy triplets (think cycling along a sunny, treelined avenue or failing that Snow White trilling at the local wildlife).
As we neared the end of March, our third singing workshop of 2017 with Dynamic Meladies took place focussing on pitch.
I approached this with apprehension and a slight fear, especially after having watched Florence Foster Jenkins the week before. Meryl Streep’s performance of the early-mid 20th Century socialite and “soprano” gave me shivers; consistently flat and deviating from pitch, in fact I was completely unable to decipher any of the words she (Meryl) was attempting to “sing” whilst impersonating poor Florence. Was this mocked “singer” even aware of her inability to sing in tune? (Has President Trump actually seen any of Meryl Streep’s films? Anyone who can sing so badly publicly deserves an acting award!)