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In Flagrante – Time to Find the Rhythm

After a long summer break, In Flagrante is now back and working towards a concert in November.

Although a lot of our usual trillers weren’t able to be present, we welcomed five new members who helped to give us a well balanced sound.

We started with a good warm up and a tongue twister “The Leith police dismisseth us” which was a real challenge, but appropriate to help us get our minds and tongues around the new songs.

Time After Time a 1983 song by American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper, co-written with Rob Hyman, who also provided backing vocals. The writing began with the title, which Lauper had seen in TV Guide magazine, referring to the science fiction film Time After Time (1979).

Music critics gave the song positive reviews, with many commending the song for being a solid and memorable love song. The song has been selected as one of the Best Love Songs of All Time by many media outlets, including Rolling Stone, Nerve, MTV and many others. It was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 1985 edition.

The song reached number three on the UK Singles Chart

Eamonn’s arrangement, includes the famous part “If you fall I will catch you, I will be waiting” sung by the lady Tenors and Altos.

As an 80s song, it only has four chords and the verses need to be sung with beauty and loveliness, while the chorus can be sung with gusto like a drunken aunt at a wedding!

However, Tenors beware! You do not have the tune until you reach the chorus! You will get there if you practice.

After a break for tea and wine we tackled another new song The Rhythm of Life a song from the musical Sweet Charity (1966) which was sung by Sammy Davis Jnr.

In 1969, the Supremes and the Temptations covered the song for their G.I.T. on Broadway television special and album. Their version was released as a single in Australia and New Zealand, where it was a top 5 and top 20 hit, respectively.

Rhythm of Life (Diana Ross & The Temptations 1974

Eammon’s arrangement doesn’t have harmonies in the way his songs usually do. We all basically sing the same tunes throughout, but at different times, so needs great concentration to follow where you sing your part.

No Ooohs for sopranos, just lots and lots and lots of words to fit in. This is where the tongue twister warm ups come into their own! Also a tricky little melody to learn!

First week back and already there is homework set!

More fun to follow next week!

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