Unit 12 TASK 3C Reflective Journal: Friday 5th May (‘Rebel’ Rehearsal)

As mentioned in my action plan for this week, I would have liked to have had a rehearsal with the entire group for the ending song ‘Rebel’. However, because of other rehearsals and conflicts, we have not been able to have one, therefore, Lynn arranged for us to have a rehearsal with Bethany Barber this Friday at 12:30. This day has been dedicated to Saints and Sinners singing lessons where a schedule was posted up. During our run through on Tuesday, the songs for me were a weak point as not all of them could be run. Therefore, I think this will be a good opportunity to build confidence on the songs and work on what we have been tasked on for the shows. The aim for me is to know my harmony for ‘Rebel’ if I get one and work on getting the lyrics sorted.

So far I only know the lyrics and part of each two verses, I was able to learn this on Monday while we were off college, which I had aimed to do in my action plan. However, I haven’t learned the full song so I had to have a copy of the lyrics with me. One problem we have had is the lack of lyrics and sheet music, Beth posted up the lyrics to the song as there are none of YouTube or online, meanwhile, Jess has learned the song on piano as she will be playing it during the final performance:

Everybody pulling me in all kinda directions
Trying to tell me what and say
How to think and feel
Truth is that every soul’s continually searching
We think we know but we got no idea

I’m a saint I’m a sinner I’m the sky I’m the dirt
I’m a human tryna figure out this place we call Earth
I’m a leader I’m a rebel with an unknown plan
I’m a believer tryna figure out who I am

Then I see you and I got nothing to hide
You’re the only who knows what’s hurting inside
Coz you love me more than any perfect disguise
You never judge me and you never ask why

I’m a saint I’m a sinner I’m the sky I’m the dirt
I’m a human tryna figure out this place we call Earth
I’m a leader I’m a rebel with an unknown plan
I’m a believer tryna figure out who I am

Who I am
I’m a human
Baby we’re all human

I’m a saint I’m a sinner I’m the sky I’m the dirt
I’m a human tryna figure out this place we call Earth
I’m a leader I’m a rebel with an unknown plan
I’m a believer tryna figure out who I am

I’m a saint I’m a sinner I’m the sky I’m the dirt
I’m a human tryna figure out this place we call Earth
I’m a leader I’m a rebel with an unknown plan
I’m a believer tryna figure out who I am

I’m a believer tryna figure out who I am

Who I am
I’m a human
Baby we’re all human

 

Here is an original version of the song:

We started off singing the song altogether without any part of the song changed. We then thought about splitting the two verses into four parts so not everyone is singing the whole song, everyone would then sing the chorus. For me, I like the idea of splitting into parts and then everyone in the chorus, as the lyrics are “I’m a saint, I’m a sinner”, the lyric matches everyone, so the chorus can unite each character on the stage and it doesn’t matter if they are a saint or a sinner. I will be singing the first verse with the waitresses, we decided to do this not to add numbers, but because my character Ruby links with Sian’s character Lulu.

First verse: Myself, Beth, Emma and Sian

Second verse: Sophia, Faye, Chloe, Zoe and Vicky

Third verse: Tom, Jack, Josh, Scott and Harry

Fourth verse: Jess, Daytona, Lou, James and Leah

Originally, our group was singing the third verse, however, Beth will already be on stage just before the song so it makes sense for her to start it off, so myself and the other two waitress will join.

The final chorus will then be sung in a round, split into three parts, I am in the first group, with the last line being repeated and sung together. We tried this a couple of times and it works well, however, one thing that came up was that its very forceful and doesn’t work if everyone sings out, we tried it again but this time singing it softly, which portrayed the lyrics more clearly. There will be a harmony at the end, which the final group of the round does, I am glad that there will be a harmony added into the song, I was concerned at first that there was not going to be any harmony, especially as we all take part in choir where we have spent the year learning harmonies. I think that if we were not splitting into parts, then the song should be harmonic, but I think that with parts, it is fine as it is. I also don’t think that it would work when we sing in the round as this will not only be confusing for us, but it may not also work for the audience.

We have to remember that our performance is British, one of the issues we had during this rehearsal was that some of us were singing British, but others, including myself were singing American. We have all agreed as a group that we will sing with a British accent to match the piece as a whole.

Here is the recorded rehearsal with parts:

From this recording it is clear that we struggled with being in tune together, especially my group, we need to keep at one note and not go into a riff as we will not keep in the same rhythm, an example of this is the line “how to think and feel”. This is the section I know in terms of lyrics, so now, I can keep listening to it without getting confused on what the lyrics are. I am happy with my role in the song, to improve, I need to be more confident with what I am singing, something I have learned in choir this year is that when rehearsing, it is better to be loud and wrong so we can see what needs work. I will keep listening to the song and practicing out loud, which is also what I have learned in choir and amado this year. I think a good idea will be to go over the song as a group sometime next week and work on our sections in groups.

In conclusion, I am glad that we finally have a plan in place for the final song, as it is the finale, we need it to be confident so that we can end the show on a high. The parts and round that we have arranged work very well, although I am slightly disappointed that we don’t have more harmonies, I think that this will work just as well. I now know what I need to work on and improve for next week and the weeks leading up to the performance.

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