I’m in the midst of a two-day singing binge. Yesterday I sang in the “Vorys Choir” at the firm — an ad hoc group that sings a few Christmas carols and parody songs at the Columbus office every year. I’ve been doing it for years, and fortunately there is no requirement of any talent or singing ability. The main criterion is that you are willing to don a Santa cap and sing out loud, as Buddy the Elf instructed — and that’s something that I can do. It’s fun.
Today, we’ll be going to the all-day Beatles marathon at the Bluestone. Starting at 12:30, the performers will run through every song in the considerable Beatles repertoire — with a few others thrown in. The Sgt. Peppercorn performers are a lot more talented and professional than the “Vorys Choir,” but there’s no doubt that, at many points during the show, I’ll be joining in.
When I hear Christmas songs I just find myself singing along, and when I hear Beatles songs I do the same. I can’t help myself, really. I know all of those Christmas and Beatles songs by heart, and I’ve sung along to them since I was a kid. When I hear them now, I just naturally join in.
For the record, I think it’s easier to sing along with the Beatles, because all you need to do is follow the lead singer in the Beatles’ recordings, in whatever key and tempo and vocal stylings they chose. When I sing Ticket to Ride, I think I sound like John. When I sing Hey Jude, I think I sound like Paul. Christmas songs sung by the “Vorys Choir” are harder because of the key chosen by our musical accompanists — so you might start out in a comfortable vocal range on Silent Night, for example, and mid-song find yourself beyond the top end of your capabilities and needing to downshift into a lower register. In any professional choir, that would be verboten. Fortunately, with the racket created by the “Vorys Choir,” nobody notices and nobody cares.
I hope that every Webner House reader gets to sing a favorite song of their choosing, aloud, during this holiday season, and enjoy the chance to make a little noise.