Back in the early/mid-1970s, I was a member of the school choir. My voice (and my appearance for that matter) could arguably be described as “angelic” back then, but from a choral perspective things went badly wrong during adolescence, my ability to read music deserted me, and my treble voice disappeared… although I do still have a treble chin.
There are two singing challenges on my current list, which I’m undertaking to raise awareness of Mind’s “Time to Change” programme; one to sing in a band, the other to sing with a choir… one song each, I don’t want to outstay any welcome.
I’m not exactly sure how to describe my voice now. It’s pretty deep, with no great range, and as for being in tune….
Many moons ago, someone did tell me that my singing would be classified as “basso profondo”… I haven’t checked, but I believe it’s Latin for “shit”.
The idea behind some of these challenges – notwithstanding the importance of the underlying aim – is to put myself in difficult situations, and then see how I cope with the pressure of performing (more often than not in front of an audience). Not every task is designed to make me face a lifelong fear of failure, but with every success comes a desire to push harder and see just what can be achieved.
But I do need some help (not that sort of help…), so please read on….
My musical tastes are varied, but I grew up listening to the punk/new wave bands of the late 70s and early 80s; and my love of that type of music has never left me. I like a lot of 1960s music too… the Bobby Fuller Four, The Byrds (I can do a mean Mr Tambourine Man!, early Beatles etc. So request no.1 is whether anyone out there knows anyone (who knows anyone etc) who plays in a band (relatively local to Teesside) that covers tracks from one of those eras… and whether it might be possible for a very average guest vocalist to join them at rehearsal and see if I can belt out something resembling a tune?
Request no.2 is therefore related to the choir. I don’t really know where to start with this, other than to say my two favourite pieces of music are Tu Es Petrus a motet by the sixteenth century composer Palestrina, and the Christmas carol A Spotless Rose, and I’d love to have the chance to (try and) sing one of those again…
Basically, I’m hoping you might share this blog (like you’ve never shared before) in the hope that someone somewhere might want to get involved. Just remember… it’s all about the cause… and, of course, earplugs will be provided.
Thank you so much.