Jaqui's Daily Blog

Sunday 8th July

I do wish I could sing.

 

I wish Gareth Malone would come along and set up a Community Choir in my neighbourhood which I could join.  Actually, I wish Gareth Malone would just come along.  If he came along and set up a choir, I might get a tattoo so I would be noticed, like that amazing singer in the Military Wives Choir.  It wouldn't be a real tattoo, you understand, not one involving needles and pain.  But I'm sure someone artistic could paint something meaningful and attractive on some area of visible skin just so that Gareth would sit up and take notice.

 

I do love to sing - but my voice has tended to get worse with age.  This weekend, in the company of lots of amazing youngsters who sing for pleasure (as I do) but so tunefully (as I don't) has brought my vocal deficiencies into sharp focus.

 

I can, however, write lyrics to songs for other people to sing.  My Summer Holiday songs, recording the minutiae of our annual seaside holidays are legendary.  Well, among the family, anyway, which is as good as legendary.  My best rhyme last year (though I say it myself, who shouldn't - as my mother would have chided me) recorded the time we went to check out the grandchildren's names, inscribed on Littlehampton's famous Longest Bench.

 

"Found the slats on the bench which name us

Didn't know that we were famous!"

 

Maybe Gareth would sign me up on the strength of my lyrics (as well as the artistic pretend tattoo).  He's taught boys to sing, and military wives, and a whole community - I reckon it's time he tackled the challenge of the golden oldies who have lost what voice they ever had - but still love to sing.  He could call it "Retiring in (Musical) Style"......

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Stephanie | Reply 09.07.2012 00.18

You could have a Llama tattoo Jacqui,mthat would get you noticed x

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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I love that you talk to your plants ... I used to on my allotment ... seemed perfectly rational !

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