Blog Entry

May 15, 2011

Back in the Game!

Brother Nathan shares some information about new additions to the Brother Act repertoire, and how excited he is that things are really starting to come together.
Posted by: brotheract

ell, I'm very excited!

Because various members of the Brotherhood have been jetting off around the world recently, (Brother Ian went to play with some nuns in Dubai for a month, and immediately on his return, I went off to New York for a week's sabbatical) we've not been able to get together for a while, so things have felt like they've been on hold for a bit.

That all changed on Friday though, when the three of us got back together for a rehearsal, for the first time since all the jetsetting began.

I can't tell you how much fun we're having!  I LOVE singing with the other Brothers - we all love what we do, but there's something special that happens when the three of us sing together, and the feeling is knockout.  I can't wait to be able to do it in front of an audience.

We started off by learning some new material.  VERY EXCITING!

I don't think it will spoil things to tell you a bit about what we're working on.  The extraordinarily talented Benjamin Till ( has written an arrangement of Xanadu, specially for us.  It is going to sound amazing, when we've all learnt how it goes!  It's fiendishly complicated, but what's the point of doing easy stuff, right?  We all get to sing some ridiculously high notes, and the harmonies are beautiful.  You're going to love it!  It'll take a bit of work to polish up properly, but it's definitely going to be worth it!

The other new piece we started on is a piece that I've arranged myself.  I've ever done anything like this before, so I was nervous to see whether or not it would work.  It's an a capella version of a mashup of Glee's Don't Stop Believing, and ABBA's Dancing Queen. (Before we get all the letters, I know the song is by Journey, but we've used the Glee version as our reference point!).  Surprisingly, the two songs work together really well, and as they're such good songs to start with, they are a lot of fun to sing.  We made really good progress with it.  The fun thing about it is that because it's completely unaccompanied, we'll be able to sing it anywhere we happen to be, with no need for any equipment whatsoever.  It's likely to become our new party piece! 

We then went over the material we'd already learnt, and delightfully, even after such a long break, it was like saying hello to old friends.  We slipped back into the songs like comfy slippers, and re-realized what a fun project we have on the go here! 

I can't wait til our next meeting, later this week. Yippee!

Much love, Brother Nathan