The Sum of All Fears

"What we need to do is create a powerful sense of dread. See, the longer the note, the more dread."
- Super-Hans

We've received this news from FabHat, who is fully aware that she is providing an open goal for the anonymous satirists who keep themselves endlessly amused by attacking Brockley's 'mung-bean' culture:

"The Entente Chorale. Choirs from Northern France will be coming to sing with London's political choirs plus a few singers from other English choirs. There will be a free public concert on Saturday 6th December at Myatt Garden Primary School, Rokeby Road, Brockley, SE4 starting at 8pm. This will degenerate into an informal social - probably ending in more singing."

We have to confess that listening to a Socialist Choir singing songs about the World Trade Organisation is not our idea of a good time (and it clashes with X Factor) but it's all part of Brockley's rich tapestry.

36 comments:

max said...

The Socialist Choir is not self-styled, the conductor is a friend of mine and I can confirm that he's as socialist as they come.

Anonymous said...

That doesn't stop them being self-styled. They call themselves socialists = self-styled!

Brockley Nick said...

To avoid any confusion, I have removed the phrase.

fred vest said...

is the conductor, that guy john(?) that ran for mayor?

max said...

Yes, John Hamilton is indeed the conductor.

fred vest said...

arise ye swimmers!

max said...

Exactly, composer of "Arise ye swimmers" among others. And the only person I know that migrated to East Germany and loved it. If that doesn't make you a socialist I don't know what does.

fred vest said...

that would make him a fan of state capitalism more so than socialism i'd say, or a dreamy eyed romanticist who believes in 'ronseal'

still, he's a nice chap

Monkeyboy said...

In the interest of balance will there be capitalist and/or facist marching songs?

drakefell debaser said...

on the subject of East Germany, I watched Goodbye Lenin over the weekend. Very good.

westsider said...

Your review style sounds a lot like you're a closet Brockley Fox.

drakefell debaser said...

Ha, yes it was a bit brief but I prefer to think of myself as more badger than fox.

Headhunter said...

Not a Brockley "dog"ger then?

drakefell debaser said...

Not this time of year, us badgers keep our heads down during the winter months. Spring on the other hand..

Anonymous said...

Even as an anonymous satirist, I don't equate choirs with the mung-bean culture.

Oh hold on, it's a socialist choir? Bloody organic fair trade bananas to that then!

max said...

Nearly, but better. At the choir's events there's often the opportunity to buy Palestinian Olive Oil.

Monkeyboy said...

This is just TOO perfect! I'm going to let the Daily Mail know.

Nina said...

Palestinian olive oil is the bees knees!!!

Random said...

Well on the subject of repressive state systems, and music I heard Chinese Democracy- Guns and Roses new long player and it's a masterpiece.

Tom said...

A friend was telling me of the Stasi museum the other day. They kept 'recordings' of people's scents dont you know.

fred vest said...

i've been there, chilling place

nobbly brick said...

chilling in the old fashioned sense?

max said...

Most people here probably saw it already but "the lives of others" is a great film on that subject. Complements Goodbye Lenin quite well.

Anonymous said...

Its all gone a bit random again I see.
It would be nice to see a live performance of BUG - the Brockley Ukele Group at the event.
Brockley Jim

Monkeyboy said...

Life of Others - proper scary.

I heard a quote recently....

"Big Brother was written as a warning, not as an instruction manual"

Are you hearing that Jackie Smith/Jack Straw?

jemima said...

Has anyone seen the Brockley Ukulele Group play? Are they any good?

The Cat Man said...

Its Erin isn't it?

Anonymous said...

I think it consists of more than just Erin

Headhunter said...

Yes. The word "group" is a dead give away...

Anonymous said...

http://brockleyukegroup.blogspot.com/

(sorry, you'll have to cut 'n' paste. Can't remember how to do that href html stuff..)

Check out the videos.

I find the group strumming a bit too amateurish, and it would start to grate after a couple of numbers.

They need to get a confident lead player in, or try to jazz up their arrangements a bit before I'd pay money to see them.

Jt said...

That group BUGs the heck out of me and I shall be giving the market a miss as soon as they start strumming or picking or whatever it is you do to ukeles.

nobbly brick said...

I've heard a ukulele group Wuthering Heights (the song) and it was strangely moving

in fact, heres a link

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=NSed1K-QNMc

13.24 said...

Nobbly, unfortunately the Uke Orch. of GB are quite talented. And their lead player is quite comical in that he's a big bloke with fat fingers playing what looks like a child's toy. That's part of the joke. (He's also an extremely good player). What seems to have happened in the last couple of years is that everybody's jumped on the bandwagon, because it's a bit 'wacky' (there's a uke group in East Dulwich too), but the joke's wearing a bit thin now.

For YouTube Uke vids, you'll have to go some to beat Jake Shimabukuro's celebrated version of "While my guitar gently weeps".

Somebody posted something to this effect here last year.

Headhunter said...

"Recent comments" have gone again...

nobbly brick said...

yes 13.24, understand that, I was trying to sound positive...

max said...

Talking of large guys playing Ukulele I am cmpletely crazy about Israel Kamakawiwo'ole.
It's what I've been listening to as I wash dishes in the last month.
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rj1xd87d5qA

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