Tra la la

The main difference between US football and European football (i.e. soccer) is the singing.  Yes, that’s right, I said singing.

Grown men sing their lungs out with gusto non-stop throughout the game.  There is the team song, the chants, and the repetition of the team name in various octaves.


We arrived late to a recent Chelsea game, but the crowd was still singing loud and proud.  In fact, I think there is a direct correlation between beer consumption and singing exertion.  By arriving in the last half, we were there for the finale as it were.

The team song is quite catchy, and I still seem to wake up each morning singing:

Blue is the colour, football is the game
We’re all together, and winning is our aim
So cheer us on through the sun and rain
’cause Chelsea, Chelsea is our name!

There is even a singing fan toy!

There were other songs that were more difficult to discern, so I consulted the internet. Turns out there are many sites dedicated to Chelsea chants.  Some were completely unintelligible and must have been created for the illiterate and drunk:

Didier Drogba, tra lala,
Didier Drogba, traaa lalala,
Didier Drogba, tra lala,
Didier Drogba, traaa lalala..


Of course, then there is the belligerent and obscene.  I don’t even need to publish the lyrics to this song as the title seems to speak for itself:

F**k Em All!

Lovely.  I wonder…does the toy sing this one?

On another note, I recently auditioned for and was accepted to the  Bach Choir, essentially the antithesis to the “Chelsea Chorus”.

The audition was rigorous.  The formidable musical director had me go through scales, sing back atonal sequences, and identify notes in complex chords.  Then he asked me to sight read a classical piece in Latin.  Here I faltered and was sternly told that my sight reading ability was “beneath the standards of the Bach Choir”. Hmph!

I went home a bit dejected and decided to stick with my daily rendition of “Blue is the color….”

I was surprised to get a call a few days later informing me that I could join the group in January.   Jeff offered congratulations and told me to be sure “that it does not take over your life like the Grace Notes!”

I had expected rehearsals once a week in Westminster Cathedral with occasional concerts.  But when I read the fine print, I discovered that that the Bach Choir is “committed to a challenging schedule of up to twenty concerts in a season, as well as recordings at Abbey Road Studios, overseas tours, and special engagements”.

What was that about taking over your life?!

I looked at the schedule, and we will sing at the Royal Albert Hall in August, 2012.

Do you think the audience would enjoy a rendition of Didier Drogba, tra lala?  It kinda sounds like Latin…





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Emily October 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

you guy’s look so wonderful…


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