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Simon Mayo | 10:12 UK time, Monday, 17 September 2012

Pheeww. Well that was a weekend and a half (including Friday). Monday seems very straightforward and straightforward is good. Friday's 3 shows all sped away at lightening speed and everyone seemed happy. The Salford shows with the BBC Philharmonic for R2 and 5L were epic indeed (evidence on the red button).

I had never done Friday Night Is Music Night before but what a treat to just say a few words and then sit down while the band play. They make such a brilliant sound. The conductor Robert Ziegler is a fine fellow and sitting, watching as he takes control is a delight.

And those Bond themes! So many top melodies in such a short time. LIve and Let Die tore the house down and it was great to watch the knowing nods and smiles as the 'ding dingading ding ding ding ding dingading' etc as the James Bond Theme filled the air.

For me Ren Harvieu stole the show. She came on DT a few months back and I suggested her for the role of vocalist; as a Salford lass she seemed perfect. Well she was terrified but her Nobody Does It Better proved what a star she is. I think I was as relieved as she was!

Today, just the one show but singing again to the fore as Gareth Malone is in today - the nation's choirmaster. What a rise to fame he has had! He has written an account of his time with the big choir shows that have made his name and see him now making tv shows in America. Of course therefore we do GARETH MALONE oldies and harmonise, smile and project like there is no tomorrow.

Have a pitch-perfect and rousing Monday. See you after 5.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    Good morning Simon, team, NYM, and hard-working bloggers,


    Well if you’re doing Gareth Malone oldies, you HAVE to start here....


    I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING – The New Seekers

    SING – Travis

    SING BABY SING – The Stylistics

    SONG SUNG BLUE – Neil Diamond

    WHISTLE FOR THE CHOIR – The Fratellis

    YOU’RE THE VOICE – John Farnham

    ALL TOGETHER NOW – The Farm

  • Comment number 2.

    Sing baby sing - The Stylistics :)

  • Comment number 3.

    Morning again everyone

    Sunny and windy again here today as it's been all weekend, other than a half hour of rain at our motorbike racing late Sunday. Good racing all weekend including a flypast for us, complete with smoke trails, from the fab Red Arrows when they were on their way from RAF Leuchars to Newcastle airport to prepare for the Great North Run!

    Songs for Gareth Malone, how about....

    SING ~ Travis

    WHISTLE FOR THE CHOIR ~ Fratellis

    YOU’RE THE VOICE ~ John Farnham

    JUDY IN DISGUISE (WITH GLASSES) ~ John Fred & His Playboy Band

    LADIES' NIGHT ~ Kool and The Gang

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello again

    Inspired by JonTully69 over the page

    JOYBRINGER - MANFRED MANNS EARTH BAND

    JW

  • Comment number 5.

    Good Morning Simon and everyone in blogland

    Really enjoyed the Bond theme show on the radio on Friday!

    Today's oldies

    STAND AND DELIVER - ADAM ANT

  • Comment number 6.

    Gareth Malone oldie:

    CHORUS - Erasure

  • Comment number 7.

    Good Morning All;

    Blogging from my sick bed, and desperately hoping I'll be fit and well for my London trip tomorrow... :-S

    Oldie suggestions...

    YOUR SONG - ELTON JOHN

    SING - TRAVIS

    SING - THE CARPENTERS

    MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC - MAMA CASS

    ONE VOICE - BARRY MANILOW

  • Comment number 8.

    Good Morning again


    Suggestions –

    SING – Gary (Wah!) & Gareth!

    THIS CHARMING MAN - Smiths

    I’D BE SURPRISINGLY GOOD FOR YOU – Linda Lewis

    I COULD BE SO GOOD FOR YOU – Gerrard Kenny /Denis Waterman

    I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD – Shalamar

    JOY BRINGER – Manfred Mann

    THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC - Abba

    I’D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING – New Seekers

    LISTEN TO THE MUSIC – Doobie Brothers

    SING – Travis

    ONE VOICE – Bazza

    SING BABY SING – Stylistics

    TO SING FOR YOU – Donovan

    SING – SING A SONG – Perry Como

    SING A SONG OF FREEDOM – Sir Cliff

    SING A LITTLE SONG – Desmond Dekker

    SINGALONG – Shanks & Bigfoot

    SING A SONG – Earth Wind & Fire

    YOU CAN MAKE ME DANCE SING OR ANYTHING – Rod Stewart

  • Comment number 9.

    Good morning Simon & fellow bloggers

    Wet & miserable here and someone has nicked my laptop power thingy over the weekend. Don’t you just love Mondays?

    I was told I couldn’t sing in primary school, kicked out of the class choir and haven’t sung a note in public since. I would love to spend some time with Gareth!

    As I said yesterday, I agree with Simon that Ren Harvieu was fantastic.


    How Can I Keep From Singing - Enya

    Song for Whoever - The Beautiful South

    Sing All Our Cares Away – The Proclaimers

    I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing - The New Seekers

    Sing a Song – Earth, Wind & Fire

    Johnny One Note – Ella Fitzgerald

    Make Your Own Kind of Music – The Mamas and the Papas

    Listen to the Music – The Doobie Brothers

    Sing (Sing a Song) – The Carpenters

    American Pie – Don McLean

  • Comment number 10.

    Good Morning Simon, Team and Blogpoppets

    Epic indeed, Simon! And I'm sure Zoe will agree with me that it was a pleasure and a privilege to be in the audience.

    Anyway, my Gareth Malone oldies:

    SING BABY SING - Stylistics

    SING - Carpenters

    I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING - New Seekers

    MUSIC - John Miles

    ALL TOGETHER NOW - The Farm

    HARMONY - Elton John

    COME TOGETHER - The Beatles

    YOU'RE THE VOICE - John Farnham

    LIVING IN HARMONY - Cliff Richard

    ~X~

  • Comment number 11.

    A couple more then I really need to be somewhere else

    THIS IS MY SONG - PET CLARK

    I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING - NEW SEEKERS

    Byeeeee

  • Comment number 12.

    Wow... Billie!!! You're bound to have some of all those songs played tonight!!! ;o)

  • Comment number 13.

    Morning all! Hope everyone had a good weekend. I watched some of the Bond show on Friday afternoon on the webcam and then caught up with the rest over the weekend - really enjoyed it and good to spot Deebee and Zoe in the audience photos afterwards.

    Please can I suggest:

    Sing a Song - Earth Wind and Fire

    I Shall Sing - Art Garfunkel

    Sing a Song - The Carpenters

    and finally:

    Patience - Take That (only because Mr Malone must have to have quite a lot of patience at times?!

    Have a good day. See you soon x

    Ps. Congratulations on the move Billie - hope all going well with the unpacking. Make sure you take regular breaks though!!

  • Comment number 14.

    Morning again,

    I'D LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING by The New Seekers
    SHARP DRESSED MAN by ZZ Top
    SING A SONG by The Carpenters
    COME TOGETHER by The Beatles
    THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC by The Beatles

  • Comment number 15.

    Joe Jackson - Slow song (lovely it is too)

  • Comment number 16.

    158 was only a slight exaggeration!

  • Comment number 17.

    enjoyed the BBC Orchestra concert on Friday. Was hiding in my bedroom as my daughter had friends over for a birthday sleepover, so some pleasant listening whilst reading a book.

    Army Dreamers - Kate Bush
    Masterpiece-Madonna
    Praise You - Fatboy Slim
    Rhythm is gonna get you - Gloria Estefan
    Sing our own song - UB40
    Something got me started - Simply Red
    Song bird- OAsis
    Thank you for the music -Abba
    The Voice - John Farnham
    Wehn we stand together - Nickelback
    We are the people - Empire of the sun.

  • Comment number 18.

    SING - GARY BARLOW AND THE COMMONWEALTH CHOIR AND THE MILITARY WIVES

    JW

  • Comment number 19.

    UNCHAINED MELODY - Righteous Brothers

  • Comment number 20.

    Oops! Did you spot my deliberate mistake at #14?

    THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC by Abba
    even

    Get well soon Zoe.x

    Hiya Hoffs!

    Billie, Saw the reference to 158 and was waiting for you to post again ;-) BTW - What did you KB last night?

    Must dash...

    Holding a committee meeting at mine tonight so need to tidy this house up.

    Hands up if you find Mr Malone rather attractive.

  • Comment number 21.

    Morning all

    Hope everyone had good weekends :-)

    First thoughts:

    'A Little Help From My Friends' - The Beatles
    'Sweet Harmony' - The Beloved

    N xx

  • Comment number 22.

    I was going to suggest

    LEADER OF THE PACK - THE SHANGRI-LAS

    but although the title is apt, not sure about the song lyrics!

    JW

  • Comment number 23.

    Hi Simon and everyone

    I knew oldies would be Gareth today as I read a Tweet over the weekend that Gareth was coming in today so no excuses to rack my brain for toonage!

    I always got into the choir at school and in my last year of the Junior School I got in the choir and a main part in the school production of Oliver! but the teacher realised that this character did not sing a note and that would never do for a choir member so she made me sang 3 lines of "Be Back soon" as a soloist!! Thanks Miss wherever you are!!!

    1. SING BABY SING - Stylistics
    2. SING - The Carpenters
    3. SING - Travis
    4. MUSIC - John Miles
    5. YOUR THE VOICE - John Farnham
    6. LIKE TO TEACH THE WORLD TO SING - The New Seekers
    7. IN THE ARMY NOW - Status Quo ( for those Military Wives jobbies)
    8. WIVES AND LOVERS - Jack Jones ( as 7 above)
    9. YOUR SONG - Elton John
    10. SONG FOR WHOEVER - Beautiful South

    Oh well must pop off.

    Have a nice Monday

    Laters

    Mandy ;)

  • Comment number 24.

    #20 Thanks Julia. :-)

    A few more oldie suggestions...

    MUSIC - MADONNA

    MUSIC - JOHN MILES

    SING ME AN OLD FASHIONED SONG - BILLIE JO SPEARS

    FERGUS SINGS THE BLUES - DEACON BLUE

  • Comment number 25.

    Let Me Entertain You - Mr Robbie Williams

    Sing - Travis

  • Comment number 26.

    #7 Hope you feel better soon, Zoe. I know how much you're looking forward to tomorrow ~X~

    #8 #16 Billie, you are on fire today!

    #14 #20 I'd love to hear the Beatles version of that song, Julia...

    ;o)

    I agree with Simon about Ren Harvieu - she really does have a stunning voice. And I can also endorse his comment that she was nervous. I met her in the Ladies before the show, and she was frantically searching for a piece of paper with her words on it. I didn't know who she was then, but deduced it might be Ren Harvieu and I turned out to be right... And thank goodness she found it!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 27.

    Seems as if Mr Malone is part-singer, part-teacher, part-therapist...

    I BELIEVE IN YOU - Kylie Minogue

  • Comment number 28.

    STOP ME IF YOU THINK YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE BEFORE - The Smiths

    And that's m'lot m'Lord. See you all later

    JBG

  • Comment number 29.

    #4 Jennie Wren.....*pushing chest out thinking I inspired you*.. :0)

    I would also like to suggest
    JOY BRINGER – Manfred Mann

    Laters

    JT/JB69

  • Comment number 30.

    Also:


    'Sing It Back' - Moloko
    'You Get What You Give' - The New Radicals
    'Positivity' - Suede
    'I've Got The Music In Me' - Kiki Dee

  • Comment number 31.

    #7 Oh no! Hope you get well soon, Zoe, shame to miss out on your Big Trip to the smoke.

    Re choons, already tweeted some, most already mentioned above - apart from (I think)

    BRAND NEW KEY by Melanie

    LEADER OF THE PACK by the Shangri Las

    SONG FOR WHOEVER beautiful south

    THE SONG REMAINS THE SAME by Led Zep

    SING ME TO SLEEP Allison Moorer (LUSH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADgFhMkwd4E)

    Back later for some craic,

  • Comment number 32.

    Good morning all

    JOIN TOGETHER - THE WHO

    SING - GLENN CAMPBELL

  • Comment number 33.

    Ooh, I don't think anyone has suggested this...

    SAME OLD SONG - Four Tops

  • Comment number 34.

    #31 so as I said, the choons I have blogged above had not been suggested - when I went for coffee (but the blog was only on post 7) - now though, (should have refreshed) some are copied. Apols.
    As I know from my mench drought though the early bird does not get the worm!

  • Comment number 35.

    LISTEN TO THE BAND - The Monkees


    Really really not here now.

  • Comment number 36.

    YOU DONT HAVE TO BE A STAR TO BE IN MY SHOW - MARILYN McCOO AND BILLY DAVIS

  • Comment number 37.

    JBG - That's my absolute fave Monkees song. And a rarity being a Mike Nesmith original (and he sings it I think).

  • Comment number 38.

    Forgot to wish you better Zoe - you can't not meet your friend from afar! Dose yourself up today and you'lk be fine!

    JW

  • Comment number 39.

    Just had a read back - hadn't realised that you aren't feeling very well, Zoe - poor you - I will keep my fingers crossed that you will be all better for your big trip tomorrow.

    On the subject of choirs, I haven't sung since school, apart from in the car or the kitchen when the children aren't listening. Plucked up the courage to join a local (Gareth Malone inspired) choir last week - really really enjoyed it. Might even get to sing in a forthcoming concert which is a pretty scary prospect. It's an 'all girls' choir, everyone is very friendly, there's lots of laughter between songs and it doesn't matter if you go wrong at all. If any blogger has enjoyed singing in the past then I would definitely recommend joining a choir. An excellent way to de-stress!

    I hope that whatever everyone is doing today, that there will be a smile in there somewhere. Time is precious x

  • Comment number 40.

    #20 - Hiya Julia* Hope your committee meeting goes well. Are you in the process of making a 'Roald Dahl day' costume for next week? Anyone else out there doing the same?

  • Comment number 41.

    Afternoon.

    Zoe - I hope you feel better soon. Take it easy and dose-up for tomorrow.

    #39 Hoffs - I completely agree with you. Singing is a great stress-reliever and good for your lungs. There's now loads of great Malone- inspired choirs around who are keen for new members. It's a joy to sing with others.

    Please add my vote for the oldies:
    Make Your Own Kind of Music - Mama Cass
    Sing - Travis
    Thank You for the Music - Abba
    Your Song - Elton John
    Whistle for the Choir - The Fratellis

    I'll also add:
    Beautiful Noise - Neil Diamond
    Lost in Music - Sister Sledge
    A Million Love Songs - Take Thatt

  • Comment number 42.

    Tell me I'm not the only one with I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing going round in my head all morning?

    Zoe - poor you. Hope you are feeling much better by tomorrow.

    It would be lovely to hear Ren Harvieu singing Nobody Does it Better on the show tonight; or do pesky rights issues prevent that too? It kinda fits the oldies theme too.

  • Comment number 43.

    I'm off up the garden to see how many runner beans have sprung up during the weekend - if it's anything like before, there will be plenty!

    Anybody want any?

    JW

  • Comment number 44.

    Ahoy there - just back from a weekend of scottish sailing & seeing as it's my lunch I think it's OK to use t'internet. Has

    Bugsy MALONE - from the film soundtrack

    Been suggested?

    #43 - Jennie I love home grown runner beans, but not too old & stringy. Mmmm.

  • Comment number 45.

    Good afternoon all,

    I have already tweeted a few oldie suggestions earlier, but I really like quite a few that have been suggested above, so it promises to be a good show tonight. I know, I know, most of the Drivetime shows are good! ;-) The NYM has definitely got his work cut out for him trying to whittle down the choices from our impressive list.

    Glad that Deebee, Zoe and Gill had a lovely weekend blog meet. I do hope that you recover in time for your London trip, Zoe. Would be an awful shame to miss it.

    Billie, glad to hear that you are now happily settled in to your new home. It's a stressful business moving house.

    My baby boy is 23 today, so am feeling a little old. Strange for us, as he is usually home for his birthday. Not so this year, as he has moved to Bristol and has started his first real job since leaving University. He will be home next weekend though :-)

    Mr Coddle has a few days off and we are both enjoying this lovely autumnal sunshine with a few trips here and there.

    I listened to the Bond show, and totally agree that Ren Harvieu has a most magnificent voice.

    mc x

  • Comment number 46.

    #43 Jennie Wren, I'd love some if you have any going spare. Yum yum yum..

    TOM JONES TRY TO REMEMBER

    JT/JB69

  • Comment number 47.

    I'm back! There were quite a few, but not sure how stringy they will be - some of them look quite old. I'll string them later and then send them out! ;0)

    JW

  • Comment number 48.

    I'm sure they will be just fine and dandy.....

    Dont forget me :0)

    JT69

  • Comment number 49.

    #39 Hoffs, I love your last comment. I do indeed have a smile...

    :o)

    I love singing in a choir - I've been doing it on and off since I was in primary school... it really is good for the soul! And I have made some good friends through it, and been introduced to some lovely music that I would probably otherwise never have heard, let alone sung. Hoffs, I hope you continue to enjoy your Gareth Malone inspired choir.

    #45 Happy birthday to your son, Molly Coddle!

    ~X~

  • Comment number 50.

    I should be ticking VAT returns ...

    Podcast of Lord Ammo's talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival. I am sure I can hear me and Shona giggling http://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/2012-edinburgh-international/id558533986?mt=2

  • Comment number 51.

    Just wanted to say how much i enjoyed Bond concert thanks. I caught it on i player and good to put a face to the voice of Ren Harvieu as heard her on Dermots show and thought was great. Smart suit too

  • Comment number 52.

    #17 Army Dreamers by Kate Bush - inspired!

    #43 one of my neighbours is using a trellis and runner beans at the front of his house to give them front room privacy - it's SO tempting not to snaffle a few on our walk to the park yesterday for the post-Sunday lunch prandial/frisbee throw.
    Another neighbour has large juicy plums (steady! - where is H the S when you need him?) ripe and being picked off by the birds!
    Planning a midnight raid to stock up and make plum jam, vodka, etc etc.

    RE Choirs I was in one at Uni (called C.H.A.O.S for obvious reasons), it was a non-interview one, hence I got in....we did a Christmas concert (including the Coventry Carol - my favourite) and I found that it's actually very hard to sing when you are feeling emotional (ie I was welling up as we were singing it) so although I don't watch any of the singing comps (X factor etc) I have such respect for those poor kids who get up and sing in front of MILLIONS of people without the usual training that professionals get to cope with those kind of problems.

    Hope to hear the show tonight, but depends on my optician letting me out - I really really REALLY hate having my eyes tested (the glaucoma test in particular) and then all the pressure to choose some frames (I try not to look at the ones which are three £££figures) - might hopefully make the last 1& 1/2 hrs anyway.

    Good luck with the menches all

  • Comment number 53.

    #51 Hi Laura - welcome to the blog! I didn't know what Ren Harvieu looked like either - see my comment #26... And I believe it was a Blockbusters suit...

    ;o)

  • Comment number 54.

    Since today is a music inspired day, and since the recent Hillsborough enquiry, I see that Gerry and the Pacemakers are currently sitting at number 12 in the Top 40 chart with their football anthem, 'You'll Never Walk Alone', with funds being given to charity. I hope they reach number one!

    Here's Gerry Marsden leading the spectators in a Celtic v Liverpool match...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qXmDyGKgi8

  • Comment number 55.

    #48 - don't worry! I won't forget! Just off to do the stringing now......................

    JW

  • Comment number 56.

    #54 Me too, Florence.

  • Comment number 57.

    #48 Jennie Wren.......please don't leave me hanging on....

    Have a lovely evening all, play again tomorrow, oh and good luck with the mentions

    JT69 x

  • Comment number 58.

    Here are your beans, Jon - all ready to cook >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Enjoy!
    JW

  • Comment number 59.

    Afternoon all ! (nearly evening but not quite)

    Just discussing with cherub and the minded children who they are supporting this year in Strictly Come Dancing. They are of one mind that they want the 'big lady in the blue' to win as the minded boys own her old washing maching, and cherub's aunty (my sister) owns her old car. So GO LISA RILEY !
    (im thinking out in the first week??)

    Sorry to hear your feeling unwell Zoe :-( really hope your improved for your trip tomorrow. Get thee some vit C !!!

    I love singing, and belt them out every week at church. Id be in the chior but we
    take with us cherub's friend and little brother who im convinced has worms and he just NEVER sits still. I asked him one week while sat on the front bench to 'whisper', to which he replied 'I DONT KNOW HOW TO WHISPER'!. So sitting with the 'singers' where there are microphones is not the best of ideas at the mo. :-)

    Have recently joined the local 'am dram' group with the hope that cherub and her friend can be in the winter panto. A couple of their schoolfriends were in it last year so there in with a chance.

    10 to 5 now, were on the countdown. Good luck with the menches guys n galls.
    ~gill~

  • Comment number 60.

    Thank you all for the get well wishes. :-)

    I'm not sure I do any quick fixes to make myself feel better though, my problem is more chronic I think, although I still haven't got all my test results back, especially the one regarding Coeliac's disease. Basically, sparing the gory details, everything I eat seems to upset my stomach. I'm pretty sure it isn't a bug, it's being going on for weeks now. I do take a multi vitamin with minerals and iron, and an extra vitamin C supplement everyday, so I can't be lacking... Unless my body isn't absorbing things properly...

    Anyway, I've been resting up today, and keeping everything crossed that I'm well enough to travel tomorrow... And that my seat wont be too far away from the loo! ;-)

  • Comment number 61.

    Awww poor you, Zo, I hope you soon begin to feel better. xx

  • Comment number 62.

    Well done Regular Blogger Shona and Julia41 for the New Seekers' song!

  • Comment number 63.

    Ah, that bitter-sweet feeling of being 100% aligned and 100% overlooked, with a hattrick of OSM's for The New Seekers, John Farnham, and Neil Diamond.

    Any more to follow?

    Well done to Shona, and Julia41 and Jackie H-S!

    And get well soon Zo.

  • Comment number 64.

    #63 Same here JBG - I've had a trio of OSMs today. It's Billie I feel sorry for though - all that effort, and not a single mensh :o(. Well done to Shona, Julia41 and PSL - and there was a word of wisdom from Hoffs too.

    Really enjoyed Gareth Malone. I agree with Simon - Finlandia always makes me cry too! And weirdly, so does St Matthew Passion, although I'm not sure it's the same part as the one Gareth was talking about. I don't know what the words are, but it's also used as a hymn tune. I also completely agree with what he was saying about singing in harmony. I sing alto in my choir, and we rarely get the tune, but our part is often more interesting.

    ~X~

  • Comment number 65.

    Has anyone had 5 OSMs in one show before? You will just have to bask in your alignment JBG! Quite the achievement.

    Well done to Shona, Julie & JHS for their mentions!

    Wasn't Gareth lovely?

  • Comment number 66.

    Meant to poop on earlier but I crashed out after the show *blinks bleary eyes*

    Well done to Julia41, Hoffs under her Sunday name and Jacki H S ;)

    Sorry to all who should have got a menshe too. Haven't had a chace to read back properly but will do in morning. Thanks Amelia for the podcast post - I will have a listen later.

    No choon chasing tomorrow as 75 Head Teachers from Norway, Sweden and Denmark are arriving on my doorstep.

    Best go and prepare something.................

    Have a nice evening everyone X

  • Comment number 67.

    #64/65 Deebee/amelia - And I managed to get a 4th OSM for Same Old Song. Bechod! As Billie would say. And I'm sure she'll be back tomorrow with 158 more brilliant suggestions (I suspect she's find them at the bottom of all those cardboard boxes.) Talking of which, check them thoroughly before chucking them out - Mrs Good packed a large cardboard envelope full of old prints of family photos of great-grandparents and even older relatives, which she had kept but never got round to framing....unfortunately they disappeared during a move and she suspects they went out in one of the boxes. So sad.

    But I digress...

    I joined GoodChild#3's school choir last year as they needed parents for the carol concert, esp male voices. I thought it was just going to be a singalong, but was horrified when they dumped reams of sheet music in front of me and expected me to follow the tenor part. Luckily I was able to go home and find the same thing being sung on a video on YouTube, and GoodChild#2 is a computer whizz, and he found a programme where he keyed in the main melody and the tenor part separately, so I could learn how they went together.

    Why am I telling you this? Because I need to decide by next week whether I'm doing it again this year. Decisions, decisions....

  • Comment number 68.

    Congrats to the menschees today - not many I think. I claim an OSM for Joy bringer, which seems very feeble compared to John!

    Have great evenings all - see you tomorrow.

    First weigh in tomorrow - has my week of abstinence paid off? I will let you know.

    JW

  • Comment number 69.

    And a 5th for Sing Baby Sing I think John! (Unless I can't count.) I am in awe of your alignment.

    Your choir experience sounds terrifying. Did you enjoy it in the end?

    Good luck with your visitors Shona and hope there is less of your tomorrow Jennie.

    Still at work ... my own fault, when will I learn to stop procrastinating? Yes I know, posting here about procrastinating is merely prolonging the procrastination ...

  • Comment number 70.

    For all, that were planning on making Gazza a cake with 30 candles on it... you might need to double up!

  • Comment number 71.

    Well done to Julia, Hoffs and PSL for their mentions. And thank you Simon for mine *under my Sunday name* for The New Seekers. So many good suggestions ^^^^ that I hope the theme will be repeated at a later date.

    John, you must have enjoyed the experience a little to even consider joining the choir again this year. I think you should say 'yes' especially as you now know what you are letting yourself in for!

    I'm always singing whilst at home much to the Coddlets disgust! I remember my Dad singing joyously all the time when I was little. He'd sing all sorts. It is a fabulous memory I carry of him, although my sisters and I banned him from singing 'Old Shep' as it would reduce us to tears in no time!

    Good luck for the weigh in tomorrow, Jennie. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.

    ...and Gazza... you are a mere babe in arms! Don't get all maudling over your birthday milestone. Enjoy the day, it sounds like your family have got it all planned, eggy mash sandwiches or not. As sal says, 40 is no age ;-) *only teasing*

    mc x

  • Comment number 72.

    You snuck in there, Sal! On the same wavelength again! :-) x

  • Comment number 73.

    There is nothing quite like the rumbling of a stationary lorry's engine, banging of metal and shouting workmen to waken you up in the morning ;((

    Pesky gas pipes being replaced in the road - what a clatter!

    Have a good day one and all. Catch you when I can.

  • Comment number 74.

    Morning all. Had no chance to join in yesterday due to 'IT issues'. My frustration was such that I could relate to Basil Fawlty beating his car with a branch - fingets crossed that all is well with it today.

    What a great theme and great guest. I joined a community choir 4 years ago and LOVE it. We sing all types of music, from African to gospel, via Chattanooga Choo Choo. I don't read music myself, and learn by watching our choir leader, who is as charismatic as Gareth, and remembering his actions (I should say that he is also playing the piano at the same time as leading us). He has stretched us with Vivaldi's Gloria and Mahler's Resurrection Symphony, and we are currently learning Carmina Burana (the Old Spice advert).

    So go for it again John. As Debbie said, singing is good for the soul, and what better way to spend dark winter evenings than being 'one voice' (we've done Barry Manilow too) blended with many others.

  • Comment number 75.

    Morning all

    Shona - hope it goes well with the Scandies. Sounds like quite a task!

    Congrats to last night's menshees - I only heard a teeny bit of the show around 6.00 last night as I was late away from work and then had to run/stagger.....

  • Comment number 76.

    Good morning, just a quick poop by to say congrats to all the menshees and to say thank you to the Drivetime crew for reading out my words of wisdom last night.

    Have a good day all. See you soon x

  • Comment number 77.

    Morning all

    amelia/Molly/Deebee/Alison - yes, in the end, it was a lot of fun, especially when I walked into the church and saw my family's proud beaming smiles. So, yes, I'm 99% sure I'll do it again. (Does it sound like I've been awake all night thinking about this? No, I haven't)

    Lovely sunny morn here in the metropolis. We could *actually* do with a bit of rain - I've noticed all the lawns are gold and crispy - do they think it's June?

  • Comment number 78.

    Good morning Simon and team and of course blogpoppets..

    Thank you very much for my mention last Pm for Joy Bringer :0) I very nearly fell off my chair...

    Well done to Shona and Julia41 for your menshs also.

    Thank you for the beans Jennie Wren, very very nice..not string in the slightest

    JT/JB 69

  • Comment number 79.

    Oh yes, well done Mr Tully - fine tune! I liked the fact it was a bit random too.

  • Comment number 80.

    Many thanks Mr Good, Thats me then......random. :0) It is a tune very very close to my heart and brings back many happy memories...

    JT/Joy Bringer69

  • Comment number 81.

    May I ask a massive favour please....I want to change my blog name but havent got a clue how to go about it! Any tips would be great

    Many thanks JT69 who wants to JoyBringer69

  • Comment number 82.

    #81 JT - go to the top of the page next to the BBC logo where your name is displayed - Click on your name, then Settings and login/continue, then there should be a screen where you can change your "Display Name". And "Save". Sometimes it takes a minute or two for it to actually then change.

  • Comment number 83.

    Well Mr JBG you are a star....thank you loads and loads for the info....all done.

    JT69 is now offically the Joy Bringer....

    See you all on the other side

  • Comment number 84.

    Good morning everyone

    Still blowing a galehre but a blue sky and suny, so mustn't grumble!

    Well done to the menshees last night, especially JoyBringer69... and hard luck Billie and the rest of us for so many OSMs!

    I listening to Chris Evans a little earlier and how he bought that massive Donington Park Dunlop Bridge and goodness know what he's going to do with it or how he's going to move it... I've seen it when I've been to the British Superbikes and can't imagine why anyone would want to buy such a huge thing....

    http://armacgroup.co.uk/gallery/?/81/Dunlop+Bridge%2C+Donnington+Park

    Boys and their toys... maybe he'll build himself a race track for his cars and reassemble it!

  • Comment number 85.

    ^^ 'gale here' and 'sunny' ^^

  • Comment number 86.

    Hi Florence,

    Thank you for your kind words :0) I do rather seem to be hooked after hearing my suggestion on air...silly I know, but hey thats me....

    You are only young once but you can be immature forever......

    JB69

  • Comment number 87.

    JoyBringer, I can imagine that saying your name brought a smile to Simon's face! :o)

  • Comment number 88.

    Florence.....Hope so,my aim is bring a smile to everyones face.. :0)))))))

    JB69

 

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