From Discover Prompts: Song.

🎶 “Sing. Sing a song. Sing out loud. Sing out strong…”🎶

That’s the first line of an old Carpenter’s song, from way back in my childhood. And the first thing that went through my head when I read today’s writing prompt.

But what I remember is learning to sing that song in a community youth choir. We had to learn parts – I was a soprano at the time. (As I got older, I became a first alto.) This choir was the first time I’d sung in parts – singing a tune different than the girl standing next to me.

Most often in a choir, all parts stand together – soprano, alto, tenor and bass. But once we had learned our parts, the director moved us around so that the various voices came from throughout the choir.

It was hard. Hard to not be pulled into the tune of the girl singing next to me. I practiced at home a lot so that I would have my part firmly planted in my memory. and when it came time to perform, I belted out my part firmly in tune!

Here’s the original: (I like the youth rendition better; oh well.)

6 thoughts on “Song

  1. Happy Panda April 9, 2020 / 4:02 am

    Omg. Your post sent me down memory lane. My mom used to be the biggest fan of Carpenters and she’d wake me and my sister up by playing ‘I’m on the top of the world’. I’m going to go play their songs now!


  2. kakingsbury April 4, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    I will always remember visiting your family in Michigan (I think) and hearing you and Stacey sing a duet in front of your church. I’m pretty sure it was the Quaker song -” ‘Tis a gift to be simple” (I hope I’m remembering that correctly) and it was so moving and powerful.
    The funny thing is that I also remember singing in a chorus in middle school and already then I was an alto -not a first alto – just an alto and it was no fun singing the part of the song that wasn’t the version everyone knew. Alas – that was probably the end of my singing career.
    I associate this song – Sing a Song – with Sesame Street – everyone could use a little Sesame Street right now.
    Stay safe – love you lots.


  3. jml297 April 4, 2020 / 4:16 am

    As soon as I read the lyrics, I could hear that song – thank you for reminding me of it 😊


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