The music nights continue to evolve.
This week we had … men. (and carrot sticks. there goes my excuse to buy cheese)
Music ranged from Tea for Two (ah, fond memories of the James Farrer Singers) to Snow Patrol ( do you think the Beloved Disciple might sing ‘Chasing Cars’ to Jesus on Maundy Thursday?).
And in between, rhythm games and the realization that we were better at keeping a beat with our eyes closed. It was a surprise to me that a group that struggled to clap in time, once given the usual array of instruments, could create and hold remarkably complex rhythms, and even shift time in response to an altered drum (quite complex– the drummer turned an 1/8th note upbeat into the third beat of four, and everyone followed). Oh, and for the insatiably curious: in the instrumental improv game, millet is far more versatile than split peas.
We also sang hymns. Lots and lots of hymns. The game was ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ starting at page one and working our way through. There was remarkable agreement, apart from a techy rector who suggested that the trees of the field would clap on the off beat.
Most importantly, we had fun. Laughter, and silliness, and even a quick waltz at the end (sorry, some of you missed that…).
Thanks to everyone who came, sang, played, laughed, and who said a tentative ‘yes’ to singing & playing a new canticle in a few weeks time.