Well, that was interesting ... and fun!
After most of the 2020 events (for the club and for pretty much everyone else) were put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, we thought we should try to have an on-line get-together and sing a few songs on what would have been the night of our June club meeting. Other clubs have been doing this for some time and one or two have mastered the technology really well. For us, this was a bit of a suck it and see moment, but I’m pleased to say it was good fun, worked pretty well and was well worth the effort.
On the night we had songs or tunes from Dave Walters, Jim Hellewell, Jenny Bell, Dave Taylor, Marc Block, Andy Cooper (& joined by Dave Quick via pre-recorded video), Allison Turner and daughter Ruby Turner, Steve and Julie Wigley, Wil Walker, Juliet Woodin, Ian Price, and (all the way from Somerset!) Phil Preen and Julie Palmer.
Wilma Young and Mary Smith also joined us so we had an audience!
Because of the well-known network time-lag we had everyone ‘muted’ except for the current singer. This inevitably makes a big difference to the feel of a singaround session, but we were all singing along in our own homes, we could see everyone singing (even though we couldn’t hear), and some were silently accompanying the singers on their own instruments (with the added bonus that I could try out my own playing with no-one else hearing the mistakes!).
It’s never going to be quite like singing in a room with friends, but it was a pleasant experience and worth repeating sometime. And we were all home well before midnight! A huge thank-you to everyone who joined in the experiment and made it work!