• If you love the song, we’ll sing it.
• If you love the singer, play the CD
We’re good, but we’ll never have Shirley Bassey’s belt voice or Freddie Mercury’s style. So if you wanted “Goldfinger” or “Another one bites the dust” (yes, really), we’d refer you to HMV or iTunes. However, if you love the song and want a unique, live performance by one of our singers, then we’ll do our best to oblige.
One of the considerations is always how well the song request will fit into the service as a whole. That’s one of the reasons that, for religious services in church, you will need to clear your music choices with your minister in advance. You don’t want a song that will jar with the sentiments of the proceedings, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a pop song next to a hymn. We’ve found that having both sung live by us helps the song integrate into the service better.
However, this does mean we as singers often have to jump from the measured vocal style of hymns to something much more stylistic. For example, at one memorable funeral, Toni started with the Schubert “Ave Maria”, powered through “Lord of all Hopefulness” and “The Day Thou Gavest” before singing the country classic “Pal of My Cradle Days” with authentic twang, and then switching her voice into opera mode for “Time to Say Goodbye”. It’s the vocal equivalent of a modern pentathlon, without the wet suit.
This variety of music may be challenging but that’s why we enjoy it so much. The variety of music reflects the variety of amazing lives we hear about in the eulogies, lives lived in different countries, covering many different roles and diverse interests. So, we’re happy to reflect that in the music we sing, covering as many different styles as we possibly can. Yes, trash metal is definitely out but almost anything else is ours for the taking and rearranging….