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Janie 22 Jun 05 - 08:43 PM
Uncle_DaveO 23 Jun 05 - 11:32 AM
YorkshireYankee 24 Jun 05 - 09:08 PM
Dani 24 Jun 05 - 10:49 PM
YorkshireYankee 24 Jun 05 - 11:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Best songs to get people singing?
From: Janie
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 08:43 PM

Well, assuming she hasn't changed her mind since we talked earlier today, we are ready for the "FIRST EVER LAST FRIDAYS TOWN SING." Dani has printed booklets with lyrics for 20 or 25 commonly known songs. "Last Fridays" is a monthly event with a band on the courthouse square, street venders, shops and galleries open late, and the occasional busker. We are small but diverse community, and that diversity is apparent at this neat event.

I've been catching up on the "Why People Don't Sing" thread (also the too cool to sing thread) Looks like many of the songs that a performer may abhor happen to be great choices to get a crowd singing.

The key to this becoming what we hope will be a sucessful, monthly sing may be to create an atmosphere where "cool" is just not a factor.

Wish us luck! (Especially Dani--I'm just along as a duflous sidekick.)


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Subject: RE: Best songs to get people singing?
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 11:32 AM

For kid audiences, I find that Hole In The Bottom of the Sea and its fraternal twin, The Green Grass Grew All Around are wildly popular.

Dave Oesterreich

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Subject: RE: Best songs to get people singing?
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 09:08 PM

Hey Dani & Janie, how'd it go? Please report back to us. I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to know what songs you did & how it went. I'm particularly interested in which songs you felt did/didn't work.

And for "next time", here are a few more that have occurred to me: Aragon Mill, Waltzing with Bears (a real crowd-pleaser, I believe), You are my Sunshine, Crawdad Hole, and Marvelous Toy.


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Subject: RE: Best songs to get people singing?
From: Dani
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 10:49 PM

Hmmm... the post-mortem...

- I think we were a little too far off the beaten path. Large crowds, but not down the street where we were, despite having been announced at the 'main stage' - next time it will be closer to the action, I hope.

- poor Janie has been sick, and though she showed up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, it only took 4 or 5 songs to shut her voice down.

- The building with the piano was locked up tight. That left our piano player having to sing with us as we gathered round the steps, but he was a trouper ; ) By the time the building was unlocked, the piano player had been dragged down the street to do sound for the jazz band that drew a tremendous crowd.

- The few who were there had a lovely time, and I think the songbook is a very good start. We brought in a singer or two who were ripe for the picking!

I will be out of town for the next, but will definitely be helping to get this ball rolling somehow in the future! That many people in one place have GOT to have a song or two in 'em.

Thanks for all the suggestions: they'll definitely go on future song lists and I'll be checking back here.

We sang: Sweet Violets (several times!), My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean, Oh Mary, One Bottle of Pop, Keep on the Sunny Side, Jamaican Farewell, Downtown (our opener). A few others: I can't remember the rest.


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Subject: RE: Best songs to get people singing?
From: YorkshireYankee
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 11:27 PM

Thanks for the "post-mortem" Dani. Sounds like you had some real good ones (meant to suggest Sweet Violets & forgot -- good for you for coming up with it yourselves).

It does sound like a bit of a rough start -- but not because of anything you did "wrong". Here's hoping that next time the organisers will arrange things so the deck ain't stacked against ya.

Meanwhile... well done!

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