Tuesday, 19 November 2019

Callîng Finland's Reindeer


I was hoping that we were going to sing this song tonight
But unfortunately we will nôw be going over it next week!
We sang it last week, and it is a piece that gets under the skin and makes the hair on the back of your head prick....it's truly lovely when the individual pieces are staggered
I had tears in my eyes when we sang it
Apparantly it's a Scandinavian reindeer calling song!
Just right for our concert on the 8th of December!!!!
I love my choir but I would dearly love to sing it with 400 hairy vikings!!
Who wouldn't
Go figure !!!

The Trelawnyd contingent of the  Gwaenysgor Community Choir met in the village pub tonight
before rehearsal. Heulwen, Hattie and I had a good old laugh and a nice gossip.
There are decades between our ages and it matters not a jot!

Next time we go I may invite gentleman farmer and fellow bass, Peter!
He looks and sounds like Ian McKellen
And is dry as a nun's chuff


35 comments:

  1. Wow, that is a beautiful piece of music.

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  2. Being forced to sing in Latin that I had no comprehension of from the age of 11 to 16 has left me with a lifelong aversion to choral work. It should never have been about work.

    This was the most enjoyable thing to hear that you have shown us.

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    1. You just like men with beards mave

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    2. I also like wearing one on my face. Sometimes two 😂

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    1. I'm not greedy. Quote "400" 😘

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    2. Oh it's so lovely of Mavis to grow a beard especially for the Festive celebrations and attach a Santa Claus faux beard for fullness x

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    3. Flis, you crack me up 😘

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  4. Hey, I played that video and now I'm overrun with reindeer -- make them stop!!!

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  5. I've seen a tv programme where it follows a reindeer herd and the only sound is the tinkling of their bells- I love it x

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  6. Barbara Anne12:52 am

    Lovely harmonies! TA! Am glad you and your fellow choir members get to sing this. Wish there wasn't an ocean and some land in the way, or I would come to enjoy your Dec. 8 concert.

    Hope the reindeer summoned to Debra's house have found their way home. I won't look out the door in case there are some here, too.

    Hugs!

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  7. Fabulous... was part of it audience participation or were they are choir? Amazing really...

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  8. Anonymous3:07 am

    Then there's the Finnish Screaming Choir deconstructing "Kalinka". Not as beautiful, but plenty of beards...
    https://youtu.be/uv_pAd6S4IQ

    Maria in Stockholm

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  9. Anonymous3:22 am

    Dammit. I hope this works:

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=uv_pAd6S4IQ

    Maria

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  10. A lovely song and perfect for Christmas. I am so happy you are still able to take part in this choir!

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  11. Exhilarating and, in parts, tricky - though the words seem simple enough whatever their meaning ("Come here!"?). Just a trifle puzzled as to why, towards the end, did they clap on the ON-beat? - or does that reflect that reindeer wranglers are unsophisticated?

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  12. Anonymous6:27 am

    Now I know why I haven't seen any reindeers here in southern Finland lately: I have been singing the wrong song! Thank you!
    Leena

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  13. I loved the song. I wonder if reindeer would come to the American South if we sang that song. ???

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  15. I don't know about reindeer but it sounds as though it would make a great rowing song for a Viking raider.

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  16. "I love my choir but I would dearly love to sing it with 400 hairy vikings!!
    Who wouldn't
    Go figure !!!"

    They might be female ones...

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  17. Wow, wow, wow, well if I was a reindeer I would come running. Yes, definitely sing it with the Vikings ;-)

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  18. I understand that reindeer calling songs are more effective if you all pee on the ground at the same time.

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  19. I can imagine you with 400 hairy bearded vikings.

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  20. Scandinavians must have had a bloody difficult job rounding up their reindeer if they had to assemble a choir beforehand.

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  21. I enjoyed that immensely. Hearing it live in a choir that size must be tremendously uplifting.

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  22. Why is there a carat over the I in "calling" (in your headline)? Is that the Finnish spelling? :)

    I didn't know reindeer COULD be called.

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  23. If I was a reindeer, I'd be there in a heartbeat.

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  24. The hunky conductor is rather a dish.

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  25. I don't know where you get your metaphors from John but they take some beating.

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  26. Lovely song and in one of my favourite venues too- Union Chapel in London :)

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  27. Left tears in my eyes, too, John!

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