I heard some magically beautiful choral singing today and was inspired to arrange some music for that choir, Aorere College’s Sweet Sixteen. The music that they sang was old, but it reminded me of where I had come from musically. It was a piece of music that my parents had played for me when I was young and it left a mark. When I hear music, I wonder how long it will last. Will something I write leave a mark? For how long? Will I ever inspire my students to write and perform music that will leave a mark? I hope so.
Here’s a pdf of the choral arrangement I wrote for the new song “Some Nights” by Fun. You can have it for free. I didn’t choose the song for the lyrics (it’s about a soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan and his thoughts on his life) I chose it because of the harmony. I hope someone’s choir out there will perform it. Here’s an mp3 of the arrangement using midi sounds. Please note that in part of the song there is spoken word, and obviously the computer can’t emulate that. Secondly, the drumming is just a suggestion. I’m a singer, so I kept the drumming simple.
Here’s one with me singing
(By the way, I heard this song for the first time on Friday night, and it took me 12 hours to arrange this weekend, mostly because I was being finicky about the rhythm)
Here’s the original song. There is one swear word in the song, and I changed it in my arrangement.