It’s been pouring rain practically everyday in Singapore, and so I was delighted when I received a great ditty to accompany the gorgeous natural percussion outside my window.
I’ve quoted the message I received with the song because I think it’s a perfect introduction and sentiment to match the music. :)
We’ve had some rain (and a rather magnificent downpour) here in Toronto and …found this medley from an album that was the Swingle Singers’ tribute to Irving Berlin. “It’s a Lovely Day” and “Isn’t this a Lovely Day”. Lyrics for both songs are provided below. May this song add to your enjoyment of rainy days. *grin*
Isn’t this a Lovely Day
The weather is frightening
The thunder and lightning
Seem to be having their way
But as far as I’m concerned, it’s a lovely day
The turn in the weather
Will keep us together
So I can honestly say
That as far as I’m concerned, it’s a lovely day
And everything’s O.K.
Isn’t this a lovely day
To be caught in the rain?
You were going on your way
Now you’ve got to remain
Just as you were going, leaving me all at sea
The clouds broke, they broke and oh!
What a break for me
I can see the sun up high
Tho’ we’re caught in the storm
I can see where you and I
Could be cozy and warm
Let the rain pitter patter
But it really doesn’t matter
If the skies are gray
Long as I can be with you it’s a lovely day
It’s a Lovely Day
It’s a lovely day today
So whatever you’ve got to do
You’ve got a lovely day to do it in, that’s true
And I hope whatever you’ve got to do
Is something that can be done by two
For I’d really like to stay
It’s a lovely day today
And whatever you’ve got to do
I’d be so happy to be doing it with you
But if you’ve got something that must be done
And it can only be done by one
There is nothing more to say
Except it’s a lovely day for saying
It’s a lovely day
Swingle Singers – Its a Lovely Day, Isnt this a Lovely Day.mp3
Hmmm, it must be the song. You didn’t show such enthusiasm for other Swingle Singers pieces. :P
Actually, this piece is a really good example of what I mean when I say that I “like the way the voices rub against each other” and “they sound warm” when I’m commenting on a choral piece or a singing group. The ex Good Captain, now Major Figure’s theory of friction and material fatigue notwithstanding. :P
This song for instant, the arrangement of this song is quite jazzy and dissonant, but the voices don’t clash, they “rub”. It’s most obvious when they all sing the same words but different notes. Very classic Swingle Singers.
Hmm… I think you’re right. This certainly is the first time I’ve liked a Swingle Singers piece so much right from the get go.
And with this piece, I also like the way their voices rub against each other.
Hmm. Maybe I should revisit other Swingle Singers pieces. Double-check the theory (that it’s the song).:P