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posted Feb 7, 2019, 8:36 PM by Kathy Scheel

What do I do on snow days?  I work on music for my wonderful chorus!   I’ve had a song on my piano for severalmonths now and I’ve decided that now’s time to reveal it.  But first, I want to share a bit of information with you about music arrangements.  For the past couple of years, the whole music industry has been upended by some new requirements by Hal Leonard Publishing, and it became very expensive to purchase new music – to tune of ~$350 per song (40 copies).  The recommendation from Sweet Adelines International, while they were negotiating with the company, was to use music already owned by the chorus, or try to find songs in the public domain.  There were people tasked with working out the issues and there has a recent development that satisfies Hal Leonard Publishing, so lots of arrangers are placing their songs on Sheet Music Plus (SMP) which has sure generated a lot of excitement and chatter among barbershoppers!  For the last couple of years, I’ve tried to save OSC some money by bringing out some of our former songs, but I know that some of you are as antsy as me in getting something totally new!

Change the World is a really cool Eric Clapton song arranged by Deke Sharon & David Wright and I’ve been waiting for the right moment to get it going.  This song is rhythmic and just feels really good to listen to, and I’m sure you’ll get hooked on it like I am.  Learning tracks will be done by Jen Cooke and she’s making a few changes for me so it matches the music (her 30-second sample was a customized version for another chorus), but I looked on YouTube and found a guy singing all 4 parts of the exact same arrangement (but  voiced for men).  

Here's the link:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1U67DaKjE4

I’ve ordered the sheet music and it should be here in a couple of weeks (electronic copies not available to order) – and it only cost $121 (plus shipping)!  All you have is the audio for now – tease!  If you’re not familiar with the lyrics and can’t quite understand them on the youtube, here they are: 

If I could reach the stars; pull one down for you.

Shine it on my heart, so you could see the truth.

That this love I have inside, is everything it seems.

But for now I find, it’s only in my dreams.

And I can change the world.  I will be the sunlight in your universe.

You would think my love was really something good, baby, if I could change the world.

 If I could be queen, even for a day.

I’d take you as my king, I’d have it no other way.

And our love would rule, this kingdom we had made.

Til then I’d be a fool, wishing for the day

That I can change the world. I will be the sunlight in your universe.

You would think my love was really something good, baby, if I could change -- the world.

 Of course, we’ll be focused mainly on the contest songs for the next couple of months, but we’ll also need to work on the songs for the May 18th performance on the Willamette GirlChoir’s pops concert.  They want us to do some contemporary(ish) songs, so the current plan for our 15-minute performance package is: 

  • Sweet Dreams Eurythmics (w/glow sticks & lighted gloves)
  • And So It Goes – Bill Joel
  • Somebody to Love – Queen
  • Happy Together – Turtles
  • After I’m Gone  humor
  • I’ll Be Seeing You – luscious barbershop chords
  • OR MAYBE instead of the two contest songs, we’d be able to sing:
    • Change the World  ??  and....
    • Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ?? (this is a previous OSC song that was really fun to sing and would be perfect for the WGC)
  • PLUS, we are planning/hoping that OSC and WGC can do 1-2 easy songs together.  I sent a couple of songs to their director to review and have offered to come and help teach the songs  to the girls (with some help from a few of you).  Those songs are:
    • Fun in Just One Lifetime – the girls would sing Part 1 with a few OSC singers to help;  and OSC would sing Part 2; then the mash-up.
    • Harmonize the World (OSC)  / We’re the Future (WGC) – similar to “Fun” in that it’s two separate songs that are then sung together.  Super easy song that used to be our regional song before we started doing How We Sang Today.

 Personally, I’d love to have a couple of new songs to sing for our friends & families who come and support us so lovingly 😊  Hmmm…

Looking ahead, I’ll be talking with the music team about introducing more music in the coming months: 

  • A novelty song with some opportunity for percussion (i.e., slapping, clapping, or drumming)
  • Hopefully, my original song that’s currently being custom-arranged.
  • A new Christmas song for our December 7th show
  • A new barbershop uptune 

That’s all for now.