songs with heart

Singing with Spirit Course

Check out why we chose You Make My Dreams below, and also what happens during Performance Week. It's not too late to join our Singing with Spirit Course, so To receive your first week of materials straight away, please head over to our REGISTER NOW page to sign up today!

Week 1-3: You Make My Dreams by Hall & Oates

This joyously upbeat number written by the classic rock duo Hall & Oates is bound to make any individual feel the urge to get up and dance! We chose this 1981 Number One hit as it exudes positivity and exuberance, both of which I'm sure we could all do with more of right now. The main tagline 'You make my dreams come true' is almost the highest compliment someone can receive and the bouncy 'oohs' that accompany the Chorus are iconic in their own right. Our arrangement turns this oddly charming number into a show-stopping tune that everyone will want to play on repeat!

Week 4: Performance Week


During Week 4, you’ll receive high quality orchestral tracks for You Make My Dreams, and you will be invited to record your vocal part (either video or audio), to be added to our Virtual Choir Performance. Don’t worry if you’ve never recorded yourself at home before, as the Carry On Singing team will be sending out handy tips on how to achieve the best quality when recording during the programme. You won't need any fancy equipment or a home recording studio, as a phone or computer will give us exactly what we need.

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Friday 7th May 2021: Virtual Choir Performance Released


Previous Arrangements

Lean On Me by Bill Withers

The music that Bill Withers wrote for this song is beautifully simple and the lyrics carry with them both passion for friendship and calmness in oneself. Lyrics like 'just call on me, brother' and the repeated 'call me' in the coda express a friend reaching out to help another, and we're extremely proud of how our arrangement amplifies this unity with a slightly more uptempo feel. The past year has shown more than anything that this title sentiment is an essential part of our lives.

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Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade


This song simply exudes joy and celebration, qualities which are even more essential as our lives begin to change once again. Our arrangement lifts Slade's exuberance to a new height with all four harmony parts having their fair share of eccentricity. Musically, this is more complex than it initially sounds which has allowed us to really play around with the SATB harmonies and the standout lyric 'look to the future now' furthermore feels very fitting as we work to maintain positivity and hope for what's to come.

Your Song by Elton John


At Carry On Singing, we love the simplicity and honesty embedded in this song's core. The lyrics, written by Elton John’s lifetime writing partner Bernie Taupin, capture an innocence and dreamlike perfection of young love, whilst keeping conversational and not too cliché and Elton John’s flowing piano accompaniment and relaxed melody has been covered by hundreds of artists worldwide.

Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas


The underlying rhythm and pulse of this song is pure joy, and was one of the best pieces to come out of the Motown era. We currently feel that the title optimistically looks ahead to a time when we could all be “dancing in the street” and the idea of people “everywhere around the world” joining together for a common goal is exactly the type of attitude we need to find in the current global situation.

Someone Like You from Jekyll and Hyde


Although this has the same title as the famous Adele song, this musical theatre piece was written 21 years earlier by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse. It features in the musical Jekyll and Hyde sung by the character Lucy as she imagines what her life will be like when she finds the perfect partner.  This song combines optimism and passion to create a perfect ballad and we’re confident that our arrangement takes this to a whole new level.

Islands in the Stream by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers


We chose Islands in the Stream as our first piece for a variety of reasons, but most importantly as its tempo and melody help provide a sense of peace – something which we could definitely do with a little bit more of right now. Lyrics such as “we ride it together” and “we’ll rely on each other” are particularly relevant, as individuals everywhere begin to work together and look to one another more for support and care.

Show Yourself from Frozen 2


When teaching, we love to bring some musical theatre into the mix, as it is all about telling stories - so what better way to be introduced into the world of musicals than with a new musical movie. Some may see Frozen 2 simply as children’s entertainment, yet the music from the film is creative and intriguing, and we’re very excited about the arrangement we’ve put together.

My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion


For our last song, we will look at the winner of the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Song, My Heart Will Go On. The melody here is very lyrical and an exquisite contrast to the two previous pieces, with wonderful words set to beautiful music. The lyric “near, far, wherever you are, I believe that the heart does go on” brings with it a complete new meaning, as we adjust to social distancing - and we at Carry On Singing believe that the best way to feel the meaning of a song is by singing it!

© 2021 by Laurie Denman

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