„Silly Love Songs“: This fantastic Paul McCartney song makes a great concert piece for choirs or small groups that have a couple of „silly love songs“ in their program. It’s a big favorite of my choir.
„Our Sweet Love“: Probably one of the Beach Boys‘ most beautiful love songs.
„In My Room“: It’s the Beach Boys again. No surfing and no love song this time. Just chilling in the room….
„Pipes of Peace“: Paul McCartney at his best. Holding a torch for world peace!
„New“: The title song of McCartney’s album from 2013. Still it almost feels like a reminiscence of his time with the Beatles. It has some occasional divisions.
„Wanderlust“: What can I say? – Epic! A McCartney song from his time with the Wings. One of my favorites. But beware: you will get addicted to it!
„With a little help from my friends“: A slightly surprising approach to this all time favorite number. Don’t worry – be happy! 😉
„Penny Lane“: This is a SATB version of the original King’s Singers arrangement. I didn’t feel that I could make a better one.
„O, what a beautiful mornin'“: From the musical „Oklahoma“. This time in a jazzy ‚up tempo‘ beat.
„Fields Of Gold“: Sting’s beautiful autumnal love song.
„Hiking Song/Highway to Hell“: What is this? A Scottish highland tune paired with AC/DC? You’ll be surprised how much they have in common. 🙂 For this arrangement you need a medium high solo voice (preferably a tenor).
„The Parting Glass“: This is a S(S)ATB a cappella arrangement of the famous Irish folk song „The Parting Glass“. This arrangement combines different versions of the „original“ melody, starting slow and pensive then getting into a faster groove for the next two verses. Could there be a better way to finish a concert – or an evening in the pub?
„Straighten up and fly right“: This old jazz standard has been played by the Mills Brothers, Nat King Cole and many others. This version is inspired by the vocal group Cadence. In the chorus section there’s an opportunity for a scat or kazoo improvisation. Take it away!
„Forever And Ever, Amen“: Randy Travis‘ all time favorite country song.
„Seven Bridges Road“: This iconic song by Steve Young has been covered by singers like Dolly Parton, Allan Jackson and „The Eagles“ and became a country classic.
„Nine to Five“: As we’re already in the country mode: Dolly Parton‘s contribution to the worker’s union.
„Time in a Bottle“: „There never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.“ Luckily, I found the time to arrange this beautiful love song by singer/songwriter Jim Croce. There’s also a slightly altered version in d minor.
„O Waly, Waly“ („The Water is Wide“): A sadly beautiful British folk song about ephemeral love.
„Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer“: The famous British hymn in a SSATB setting. After a slow introduction it takes of into a completely different groove. Have fun!
„How Can I Keep From Singing?“: We already know we cannot keep from singing, can we? This lovely old Quaker hymn is asking the rhetorical question over and over again leading to an ecstatic ending.
„Tuesday’s Dead“: by Yusuf/Cat Stevens. It’s one of my favorite songs on his album „Tea for the Tillerman“ from 1970. Stevens achieves a beautiful combination of poetic lyrics and a captivating calypso groove.
„Wake me up“: Everybody knows of course Avicii’s megahit from 2014. In this arrangement the quality of the lyrics led me to a more pensive approach in the first part of the song. But after a while the original house groove is bound to take over.
„Oh What a World“: Can life be beautiful when men are reading fashion magazines? Straight men! Rufus Wainright thinks so and is bursting out into Ravel’s Bolero – out of pure inspiration!