The Tempest. 2: Set me free
Tutorial: 'Set me free'
Key timings in the tutorial are:
00 00: Listening to Verse 1 and the raps - the opening section of the song.
01 20: Learning Verse 1, beginning: 'In the shade of the lemon tree...' Listening to Carrie singing a line and then repeating it with the choir. At 03 15 singing the verse right through.
03 41: Learning the chorus, beginning 'Ooooooooo set me free...' Then splitting in to two groups to learn the chorus with the lower part harmony and then putting both parts together.
06 48: Learning Verse 2 (and chorus), beginning: 'I hear the song of the mocking bird...' Listening to Carrie and then repeating with the choir. At 07 45 singing the verse right through.
08 33: Learning the two mini raps, beginning: 'The monkeys and the parakeets...'
10 15: Singing 'Set me free' all the way through.
Prospero has some explaining to do! Miranda wants to know why he’s almost killed the passengers of the passing ship. So Prospero fills her in... It turns out he's not just a wizard but was once also Duke of Milan. But he was overthrown by his brother, Antonio, and Prospero and Miranda were set adrift in a leaky rowing boat...but at the last minute Prospero was given his science books by his faithful friend, Gonzalo.
Ariel enters to let Prospero know everyone from the ship has landed ashore, in keeping with Prospero's plan. Ariel yearns for the day when Prospero will set him free.
See Resources below for a quiz about the story episode.
Song: 'Set me free'
Listening music: Music from the ghetto' by Singing Sandra
Listen to the extract from ‘Music from the ghetto’ by Singing Sandra.
- The song helps us to identify some of the characteristics of calypso - the singing style, the rhythm and instrumentation.