Thursday, January 18, 2007

The crazy sing-aloud gal

Sing, sing a song
Make it simple to last
Your whole life long
Don't worry that it's not
Good enough for anyone
Else to hear
Just sing, sing a song

- Sing
Produced by Karen and Richard Carpenter
Written by Joe Raposo
Published by Jonico Music, Inc. (ASCAP)

My mind has been feeling tired for much of today. In addition to sleeping late last night, I woke up early at about 5.50 a.m. today. In hope of beating the fatigue spells, I have been singing out aloud on various occasions. I didn't sing songs with lyrics, but instead I found myself singing tunes from excerpts from several well-known Symphonies, and from the works that I have been practising on the double bass.

At the beginning of this post, you will find part of the lyrics of Sing. If I am not wrong, it is one of the Sesame Street's sing-a-long. I like its bittersweet mood, and particularly, Karen Carpenter's beautiful voice.

I had double bass lesson this evening. My tutor went through Marcello's Sonata in G major, and the first three-quarters of Faure's Sicilienne today. I am beginning to love the third movement Grave of Marcello's Sonata in G major. The notes seem quite easy, but it is actually a very difficult movement to play well. But I like the challenge, and I have a liking for melancholic tunes. I am developing a liking for this sonata, even though I usually prefer sonata in minor key than in major key.

When it was time to practise Faure's Sicilienne, I was eager to learn how to play it more expressively. Sicilienne has such a beautiful melody, and the challenge is to play it musically. I like the tune and I realised that I started humming it fairly loud when I was travelling home in the MRT train.

Well folks, the next time that you hear someone sing aloud in the MRT train, please bear with the person. Maybe he or she is just like me, feeling too enthuasiastic over a tune that rings in her mind, and couldn't help but sing aloud. Oh yes, maybe the person who is singing out aloud isn't crazy, but she just feel like doing crazy things.

Folks, if you have a tune that you are burning to sing, "Don't worry that it's not good enough for anyone else to hear. Just sing, sing a song."


Waterfall said...

I have always loved that song! I think it's neat how certain pieces (Marcello, Faure, etc.) grow on us, even if we liked them to begin with.

I have a bad habit of making up silly words to established tunes (usually something catchy by Mozart or Haydn ... or "Rubber Duckie" from Sesame Street), and most of the words have something to do with how much I love my cats. I think singing is good for the soul, no matter how silly we sound. :)

mistipurple said...

craziness is the new 'in'. :P

Simple American said...

I like this. Well except for the part where my workmate hits me with her shoe and tells me to shut up. haha Just kidding.

Sing. Sing a song!

M said...

la la la la la
la la la la la
la la la la la la

... you know the tune... just sing....... sing a song