Noise reduction at The Prince Albert


This out-of-sequence Wednesday at The Prince Albert was a super evening, with some Xmas-themed songs, some fine singing and lots of laughs.

We had the Twelve Days of Christmas twice. Firstly from Andy and Richard, with a drinking theme (On the Nth day of Christmas, Michael gave to me....).   Later, Fred gave us the Hawaiian version 'Numba One Day of Christmas', complete with hand actions. The picture is 'Two coconuts'.

Simon and David reprised their George Harrison numbers for those of us who hadn't been present first time. If I Needed Someone has a section consisting mostly of aaahhhs. For some reason (it was towards the end of the evening), they decided to rotate their heads in opposite directions for this section. This created the expected speeding up and slowing down effect which was described by someone present (who might have a degree in Chemical Engineering) as the Dolby effect.  We didn't record it using the Doppler Noise Reduction system.

Other Christmas or winter-themed numbers were:
  • Jim Croce's It Doesn't Have To be That Way from Rosie and me
  • Karen's own Summer in Invincible, and Kay Tilley's New Year song
  • In The Bleak Midwinter and Here We Come A Wassailing from Andy and Richard
  • Midwinter Toast, The Innocents and a French lullalby from Alison, David and Simon
We also heard Martin's Christmas present to himself - a 5-string banjo. HE sang What a Mouth and a couple of other songs that worked really well.

Also present were Dave and Norma.  We even had a contribution from Plummy (?), one of the locals.

Next week is the Xmas meal at the Dog & Badger. Booking is essential!

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  1. Maybe one for next year: Elsewhere HDSarah posted this:
    I learned this song way back when I was a kid and have no idea why I still remember it. I may have unwittingly changed it a little. I don't know who wrote it but could probably google it now and see. I try to sing it once a year when it's seasonally appropriate:
    On the first day after Christmas my true love and I had a fight
    And so I chopped the pear tree down and burned it just for spite.
    Then with a single cartridge
    I shot that blasted partridge
    My true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

    The second day after Christmas I pulled on the old rubber gloves
    And very gently wrung the necks of both the turtle doves
    My true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

    The third day after Christmas my mother caught the croup
    I had to use the three French hens to make some chicken soup.
    The four calling birds were a big mistake for their language was obscene.
    The five golden rings were completely fake and they turned my fingers green.

    The sixth day after Christmas the six laying geese wouldn't lay
    I gave the whole darn gaggle to the ASPCA
    The seventh day what a mess I found
    All seven of the swimming swans had drowned
    My true love, my true love, my true love gave to me.

    The eighth day after Christmas, before they could suspect
    I bundled up the
    eight maids a-milking
    nine ladies dancing
    ten lords a-leaping
    eleven pipers piping
    twelve drummers drumming
    (spoken: "Well, actually I kept one of the drummers")
    and sent them back collect.
    I told my true love, "We are through, love!"
    And I said in so many words
    Furthermore your Christmas gifts were for the birds.

    As I remember, we sang this in music class in middle school or high school, and at the ending while one part sang "birds" others came in with a chorus of "four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree."