Thank you for reading our fully entertaining 2020 special edition of,“We Can Do It!’ It’s SO special, that it is constantly updated just for you. As we burst into April, Head Office have been bursting with ideas to make you smile - Rockits news, sing alongs, recipes, Zumba with Donna, your photos and videos and our Rockits readers bringing you a chapter a day; something to listen to while you have a cuppa.
Well done to all you lovelies that have sent me your voice recordings of Hallelujah! Please keep them coming - I don’t listen to any of you singing on your own, as I instantly pull your song in with all the others. Day by day, as more of you send in your little gems (please don’t send me any lettuce), our little online choir is growing. It’s SO sweet, lots of dogs barking in the background and even a knock on the door - I think you will find the end results truly uplifting and nothing short of brilliant!
-I have always been incredibly proud of the Rockits, but now, more so than ever. I am in the very fortunate position to hear what many of you are doing during these odd times. I see what wonderful friends you are to each other and how you are supporting and caring for any of the gang that need it.
Missing you all so much. Head Office are always here, just for you, so do keep in touch. Much love always Max xxx
PULL OUT SUPPLEMENT
READY FOR SOME MORE FUN? HERE IS OUR ISO-VISION CHALLENGE FOR YOU. JUST DRESS UP, SORT OUT YOUR DANCE MOVES, LEARN THESE WELL KNOWN LYRICS AND THEN VIDEO YOURSELF, YOUR CHILDREN, OR WHOEVER YOU FIND YOURSELF ISOLATING WITH. WE CANT WAIT TO SEE THIS!
Here is the 2020 Iso-vision entry song. Please either sing along with the original track or the karaoke backing track.
Extra points awarded for flouncy frocks and sparkly socks.
Families are very welcome to take part .. please!
Winning entry will receive a very special prize!
PLEASE SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO
BEG, STEAL OR BORROW (ISO-VISION Lyrics
You know I'll beg steal or borrow, I'll bring you love
I look at you and i see what ive been looking for
Now its very clear to me, we should be together
You make me feel i could reach for the impossible
And knowing how much you care, I'll be there forever
You know I'll beg, steal or borrow
To give you sunny days
And in a hundred ways, I'll bring you love
You know I'll beg, steal or borrow
To make your garden grow
And most of all you know,
Ill bring you love love love, love love love
* ! NEWS FLASH ! * Summer Term Music Packs are here
Rockits new term music and CD packs will start being posted to those requesting them, next week. We have a lovely new selection of songs to keep you busy at home. If you would like a pack, please let Max know via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, singing group (sop,Mid 1 etc) AND the address you would like your pack posted to.
Of course you are still encouraged to download your own (Summer section of our song page) if you are able to do so. Thankyou.
SOME LIKE IT HOT!
Rockits stunner, Tracy Monroe, is determined to keep her choir looking glam while they are staying safe at home. She was appalled to find that many Rockits have let their standards slip and stopped wearing bras and lipstick while in isolation. Horrified, Ms. Monroe decided to take drastic action and has proposed that a new law be approved by parliament, to ensure that ladies only remove their silk evening gloves for essential hand washing during the day. Following this, ladies should then apply fresh lipstick and check their hair is perfectly coiffured.
And in other news, reports from Hawkhurst earlier today led to RSPCA inspectors raiding the home of one Miss Melody Maker. Initial reports claimed that neighbours heard what appeared to be sounds of animal cruelty taking place. On investigation, our reporter spoke to former Page 3 model, Miss Maker who stated, “I really don’t understand, as I haven’t ever had any pets. All I was doing was practicing ‘Hallelujah’ for the Rockits song challenge when some uniformed gentlemen broke my front door down, screaming ‘let the dog go!’ It’s all so strange because as I told the officers at the time, I’ve never had a dog”
Rockits received a standing ovation after their stunning performance last night, at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
MD, Maximilian Wilson said, “we were so pleased to finally fit in a quick recital at this lovely venue, and what a lovely way to end our world tour.” Rockits fans from all over the world, queued for four days to buy the hottest tickets in town. Counsellors were on hand to help those that were unlucky....
After last night's performance the Rockits are all enjoying a well earned April Fool's Day rest at their homes today.
THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS CHALLENGE
Join in the fun at home and add your voice to the other Rockits . All you have to do is to find the correct Hallelujah part for your group (below). Make sure you are learning our latest version (2020)and not any of our previous ones! Listen or download your part and print off the manuscript. Once you’ve got to grips with it, follow our home recording guide below . Be sure to join in and make your voice heard
HOW TO RECORD YOUR INDIVIDUAL PART
You will need :
- A recording studio OR : Headphones.
- A device to play the song through (phone/iPad/computer/sound system).
- A device to record your voice on (phone/iPad).
- A bra (lets not let our standards slip just because we’re stuck at home)
Learn your part for the song.
- Find a quiet place to record yourself singing. If you have dogs, try to ensure they don’t sing along, unless they are in tune. No sausage dogs as they can’t reach the high notes. Keep caged birds quiet - especially Mynah birds, as this song is in a major key.
- You need something to play the song on (i.e. laptop, computer etc) while listening via headphones and you also need something to record your voice on (i.e. iPad, phone etc).
- Most phones and tablets have a voice memo function which is perfect for capturing your dulcet tones.
- Have a few trial runs - listen to the song through your headphones, while singing along and recording your voice. You MUST sing along with the track or your part will not sync up with the others.
- Stay calm! Don’t panic when you listen back to your naked voice - just like a naked body, it needs dressing! We ALL sound rubbish when we sing unaccompanied. Your voice will be added to all the other voices, given an angelic echo and then placed with the music. Be brave - it’s not a test, it’s just a fun task!
- When ready, with your headphones on, start recording, THEN play the song and start singing. It is important you wear headphones as we ONLY want to hear your voice - not Max’s voice or the music.
- Don’t worry if you make any little mistakes as they won’t notice when added to the mix of voices.
- We will chop off any bits we don’t need, so don’t worry about noises at the start and end of your recording.
- Once you’ve done it, send it to Max. If you are a clever clogs, send it as an MP3. If you have no clue what an MP3 is, send your song any which way you can! Email Max
- Any tech problems, contact Caroline. Email Caroline
Readers Corner is open to all of you to contribute. Send in ideas, thoughts, recipes, photos. Things to cheer us up and things to help see us through the coming weeks and months, sharing, supporting and communicating together as Rockits have always done
Email us about any issues covered on this page. Share thoughts or stories with us, your views on the current situation (but nothing too heavy please), your ways of getting by with a smile.
Star letter of the week may get a prize....although they probably won't!
Oh my, Donna, what an inspiration you are in these dark days!
Loved the first Zumba workout..... apart from almost having a coronary (nowhere near as fit as I should be), kicking a chair (right big toe, boy does that hurt), bashing my knuckles on the sideboard and nearly smacking my hubby around the head with my rather wild arm swings, I actually thoroughly enjoyed it.... keep up the good work!
Bruised but happy
* STAR LETTER THIS WEEK*
Dear Lovely Rockits
Today is my 70th birthday and I’m in lockdown here on my own. All week as the post has arrived I’ve been saving opening cards until this morning and you wonderful Rockits have sent me a card - and thank you Rosina for your message! As a relatively new Rockit and new to the area this has made me feel so happy! You really are a wonderful, thoughtful, kind, supportive, funny & happy group!
Thank you! thank you! thank you!
Roll on the end of this lockdown.
Love to you all!
Share your experiences in isolation with us. Funny or sad, send them in. We miss your faces so how about some selfies?
Caroline's cat is helping spring clean the kitchen and has taken up residence in this clean and bugfree cupboard
Jack dresses up as a gin & orange (having drunk a few first) before attempting a bit of Zumba with Donna
Even the Moles in Sandhurst have got the hang of physical isolation - Picture sent in by Rosina
The ukuladies resort to online chat room to continue their Tuesday rehearsals
Sarah Phillips' husband does bake extremely good pies - or Gypsy tarts to be more precise
FAVOURITE PHOTOS FROM OUR FAVOURITE GRANNIES = email us yours
Tricia Goulding enjoying a book at bedtime with her granddaughter
Lorna is missing her weekly visit with these three
Karen P's granddaughter, Sophia has perfected her handwashing and grandson Jack enjoys a bit of pilates with his mummy
Helen Walsh's three little people. Not long now before Will gets a little sister
A sunny smile from one of Max's brood
A stroll by the church for Ruth Clarke's grandchildren
Alison Menzies-Sacher's youngest grandchild Emma, is in party mood, with hat on either ear.
Sarah W's lucky.. her two live in the garden (dont ask) so she still gets to see them, but no cuddles allowed with 6 wk old Merryn & big brother Isaac
We will be reading our way, chapter by chapter, through a book from The Rockits library shelf. Listen and relax with your cup of bed time cocoa.
Do please volunteer here to read a chapter. (We will send you the text, you record it and then send your recording back to us)
THIS MONTH'S BOOK AT BEDTIME
THE SINGLE LADIES OF THE JACARANDA RETIREMENT VILLAGE by Joanna Nell
- Chapter One - Read By Ruth Clarke
- Chapter Two - Read by Kate Smith
- Chapter Three - Read by Tricia Goulding
- Chapter Four - Read by Kate Clayson
- Chapter Five - Read by Sarah Lucas
- Chapter Six - Read by Vivien Eldred
- Chapter Seven - Read by Jane Turner
- Chapter Eight - Read by Gill Symonds
- Chapter Nine - Read by Helen Walsh
- Chapter Ten - Read by Marion Higgins
- Chapter Eleven - Read by Gwyn Jueno
- Chapter Twelve - read by Suzanne Kerr
- Chapter Thirteen - read by Sue Arnold
- Chapter Fourteen - read by Alison Menzies-Sacher
- Chapter Twenty - read by Jill Hamlin
ZUMBA WITH DONNA
ALWAYS UPLIFTING AND FULL OF ENERGY - HERE COMES DONNA WITH A 15 MINUTE ZUMBA WORK OUT FOR YOU
Rockit's Nicky, along with Daisy, enjoying working out with Donna's Zumba
In the absence of Eastenders on TV why not tune in the real life soap opera that is Max's life?!
" For the Chinese it may be the year of the rat (turns out, it was the Chinese year of the bat), but here in Tenterden, it’s definitely the year of the dinosaur. Today is Amigo II’s second birthday. He is magnificent and sweet and I love him endlessly, just as I do my other little ones. . . ."
Click here to read the rest of Max's latest ramblings
Exams may be cancelled but there is still a lot to learn and Max will continue to teach you !
MIND YOUR MUSIC
A word a day is the Choral Rockits way!
Andante - it’s not just a song by ABBA! Andante - a moderate tempo for the piece of music, like a comfortable walking pace.
ARTICLES FROM BACK ISSUES
MESSAGES FROM THE EDITOR
We usually see so much of each other that I am already feeling quite bereft. I genuinely miss you all enormously, even those of you that hold your notes too long, or can’t get the timing right in the ELO Medley - you know who you are haha! To keep us all connected while isolated, we’ve come up with this lovely online magazine for you all. It’s still being worked on, but we also need YOUR input, ideas, photos and anecdotes. We will try our best to entertain, encourage and keep you afloat, in our usual Rockits light and uplifting way. I’m here, with the rest of ‘Head Office’, just for you, so keep in touch, we miss you! Please, stay safe.
Much love always Max xxx
CHOIR MEMBER ENTERS GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS FOR MOST ATTEMPTS TO AVOID PERFORMING LIVE ON STAGE!
This month one of our Rockits entered the record books! Unwilling to be named, Ms W has persistently tried to keep out of the spotlight, choosing to hide in the kitchen.
When questioned, she admitted " I was running out of ideas and excuses. I have tried to explain to Max why i am unavailable to perform, but she just doesn't listen. I have offered so many valid explanations - my Rockit logo sticking to my iron, the dog eating my lyrics folder and I even tried going into labour (at the age of 63). One year I actuallyattempted to kidnap our MD and escape to Paris. All to no avail. So, in desperation this spring, I may inadvertently have asked the Prime Minister to postpone all public engagements for the foreseeable future. A selfish but necessary act on my part. "
In response, Max Wilson says 'I love a challenge but feel i am finally defeated by Ms W'
ROCKITS FLUSHED WITH EMBARRASSMENT AFTER BORIS TRIES TO HALT LOO ROLL FIASCO.
The Rockits are dismayed at the after effects of their recent appeal for toilet roll inners. Their message spread nationwide leading to bulk buying and unfortunate shortages. Boris has asked for an explanation and apology
Asked about the current situation, Sally 'Bog Roll' Hookham, spokeswoman for the Rockits said 'We were in need of the inners to help with the 'Beauty School Drop' out scene in our production of 'Grease'. In the run up to our shows we do rely on our members to provide us with various props and accessories. but we had no idea that our request for toilet roll inners last month would go viral'
Thank you to everyone for your support with our mission but please stop buying the NOW
Martha, Rockit dog, chose not to comment!
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Oh my, what timing ... Just had a long convo with my friend in lockdown in Florence, and came off the phone thinking, I need a bit of a sing after all that. I know I’ll practice some of the songs.
Went to the website and oh my actual god, it’s like you are the magical musical cheering up fairies!!
Bravo Max and team. To put that together over the late week is incredible. Thank you so much. I would keep going, but I’m off to warble Hallelujah in the bath.
Big love and elbow taps