Finding new songs
Finding the right arrangement is not as easy as one would think, but there's a lot to be learned in the process. It's recommended that we should have 9-10 songs that we sing really good. Once we have the songs selected, then which ones are we going to order and learn first.... and which songs from our current list will be put away.
Basically, here are four BIG steps we should follow in adding new songs to our repetoire:
1) Find the full titles that sound interesting (or songs that you've heard) -- and then try to find and listen to the songs on YouTube to make sure that we are working on "apples n' apples"
2) If it passes step 1, then we need to search for good arrangements, and check them out. Sometimes we can get preview copies -- sometimes we might have to talk with the arranger.
3) Once we have a copy of the arrangement, then we need to study the music and see if it'll work for the chorus: Does the notes for each part, fit within what we know our part ranges are? What's the message of the song? Is the melody easy to sing? Do the other parts seem to flow nicely throughout the song? How long is the song and how many verses (we might have to modify)? Are learning tracks available? .... and of course, how much will it cost to get 20 copies?
4) From the songs that pass steps 1-3 then we can consider whether it fits into our current repertoire list or should we set aside to replace a song that we've been singing for a while.
What is the voice range for each part?
Learn more about each voice part on this Sweet Adelines webpage.
POSSIBLE NEW SONGS
And So It Goes (at 8:30) - Avail SAI
Tedda Lippincott - arr
Donya Metzger - tracks
Chordbusters March - we own
Donya Metzgeer - tracks
Come Fly With Me - Avail BHS
??Schmidt / Metzger Arr/Tracks
Happy - Avail SAI
Lauren Kahn (Eugene)
Gain / Metzger Arr/Tracks
Orange Colored Skies - BHS
Can You Feel the Love Tonight - BHS
June Dale (3 voicings)
Donya Metzger - Tracks
Why Did I Choose You - Avail SAI
Dede Nibler / Fred King
Everytime I Join My Sister
Paul Olguin / Donya Metzger tracks
Alex Kaiserman/Metzger tracks
Carole Prietto Arr / Metzger Tracks
Donya Metzger Learning Tracks Website
PDF LIST OF DONYA's SONGS
1) Sweet Adelines has a list of songs that they publish. As members, we can order copies of the music for $1.65/copy.
SAI PUBLISHED MUSIC FILE
2) Sweet Adelines also now is selling music from some of our arrangers and this list is called the International Arranged Music List. As a member, we can order copies of this music for $3.20/copy
SAI INTERNATIONAL ARRANGED
3) Now there's a third list, where SAI has evaluated songs that choruses and quartets want to sing. The list has many songs already reviewed and is worth looking through.
SAI EVALUATION LIST