The first Sing Something Simple was a resounding success!!! A lady who is registered blind was the perfect ‘barometer’. There was no need to ask if she was enjoying it – we only had to watch her face as she sang!
At the end she told us that there are so many things that, with her lack of sight, she just can’t do. But she can sing! And she clearly loved every minute. Brought a tear to my eye, I can tell you!
Be with people
Another lady told us how critical it is for her to get out and be with people. With her daughter’s recent death and her husband’s Alzheimer’s she said that it had been a dreadful year for her. But for a little while she could sing her heart out and laugh once more.
Everyone else clearly loved it too – and sang along with gusto. There were nine of us in total (about the maximum that my little lounge will hold)
Which worked best
It was really helpful to play the tunes I’d put together on my iPod – and to see which worked best. One or two of the songs were really lovely – but a little too slow. It was the catchy ones that worked best for a sing-along – so a couple of songs will come out of the list. But I wouldn’t have been able to see that so clearly without our little ‘rehearsal’
Very portable speaker
Using playlists and an iPod speaker really worked. I would recommend continuing to use that means of providing the music. It produced the authentic sound – exactly as people remembered from their youth – and had the advantage of not needing to ask musicians to give up their time. That’s not to say that we couldn’t have an occasional ‘concert’ from time to time
The afternoon’s ‘rehearsal’ also enabled us to check the timing of it all: half an hour of singing before tea and cake – followed another half an hour of singing – with time in between to chat. 2pm to 3.30 felt just the right amount of time.
The way forward
So – another session is booked for the 15th February – and I will select some different songs and produce another set of lyrics. We need three or four different playlists with lyrics so that we’re not singing the same songs each time.
I would definitely encourage growing the group through relationships – rather than advertising it (at least to begin with). We need to build a strong stable group, I feel. So the idea will be to ask the current members of the group if they know of anyone outside of the church who is lonely or isolated that they could invite.
That can only happen, however, when we have a larger venue – my lounge was at full capacity. So the next discussion might be about where we hold these sing-alongs in the future. Should we use the church? Or would somewhere like Woosehill Community Centre be less intimidating for non-church people? Time for another MIT meeting!
Do please let me have any thoughts, ideas or comments
PS – Here’s the invitation to the meeting that went out to the group – just to give you a ‘flavour’ of what it was all about:-
Sing Something Simple
A musical meander down Memory Lane
with Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny Mathis, Glen Millar, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, Perry Como and many more.
A few people from Woosehill church are going to try out a new PMC initiative – before it is ‘rolled out’ to lonely or isolated people outside the church.
Would you like to come along and help us to ‘rehearse’ so – we know what works and what doesn’t?
Most of us can’t sing for toffee’ – but we don’t need to – the sound tracks will cover a ‘multitude of sins’! We simply want to have fun!
Lyric sheets will be provided (though, if you were around anywhere in the 1940’s to the 1960s you probably won’t need them)
Thursday 11th January 2018 2pm to 3.30 pm
Afternoon tea will be served
Here’s a song we sang that afternoon – that brought back lots of memories:-