Waggle Dance

Spitalfields Music MAAS scheme is going well, my first placement is with a primary school in Tower Hamlets and City of London Sinfonia (CLS), it started on Tuesday. I was asked to compose a song about dance; bee dance. So we did some research and I learnt about the waggle dance. John set met the challenge of writing the main bones of the song in less than 2 days. The metre is 9/8 and 7/8. I cannot play and sing it at the same time, but it’s quite jazzy. Thanks to Helen for helping turning my rubbish sentences into lyrics!

Here’s the science:

I am both frightened and excited about having to arrange this song for chamber orchestra!! Will upload the finished version in June!! What an amazing opportunity! Here’s the sketch, (I fluff the bass line a few times):

Waggle Dance

Watch the bees glide up high,
Dancing across the skies,
Drinking Andromeda, sniffing the honey bells.

Waggle dance x 1 only

Matter of life and death
Eternal honey quest,
Words can be such a waste,
There must be better ways.

Waggle dance x 4

Chorus:
Dance longer, honey is close,
Dance head up, fly towards the sun
Dance faster show your message clear,
Our honey hymn has just begun.

Verse 2:

Watch the bees glide up high,
Dancing across the skies,
Drinking andromeda, sniffing the honey bells.

Waggle dance x 1

Feel the beat of the drum,
Wiggle and shake your bum,
You can do as you please
Rhythm controls your knees.

Waggle dance x 4

Chorus:
Dance longer, the honey is close,
Dance head up, fly towards the sun
Dance faster show your message clear,
Our honey hymn has just begun.

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