Waly way

Waly way

Like many family members, Michael regards it as his job to encourage his wife’s singing with exuberant vocals of his own, in his case out of tune and at a belt. He is paying extra for these singing sessions on top of tens of thousands for 24 hour care at home,...
Che sara sara

Che sara sara

I took ages introducing this Doris Day number into my repertoire – just too schmalzy, in my opinion. But once it was printed out, and I’d slotted in its three chords in the key of A, I felt as though I had always sung it. Since early childhood, I had known...
Crear

Crear

The lowest period of the year, when all the kids seem to have colds, and people my age have been in bed for weeks with a flu that the vaccine-makers hadn’t anticipated. Argh. A young lass in Scotland has died of pneumonia that set in as a result of all these...
Heaven postponed

Heaven postponed

This evening’s concert at the Town Hall is cancelled, due to Storm Emma and associated white-out. What a pity. Pete McMullin and I have been preparing a clutch of brilliant songs by Aaron Copland – settings of Emily Dickinson poems. The ones I had chosen...
Tone deaf

Tone deaf

What a superb day of strange and wonderful singing. Two workshops – one for dementia victims no longer able to read lyrics but seriously engaged in Rocking around the Clock – sexy and young and joyful again; the second for more ‘able’ folk who...