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    'Sussex By The Sea' = In the wrong key for fans


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    It may have come to many fans' attention that halfway through 'Sussex By The Sea' being played, the singing goes quieter and seems to fade out. This is due to the music being in the wrong key for fans to sing. Most males can reach an 'F' note and some up to an 'G', but the majority struggle to reach the 'A' demanded by the version in the key of 'F-major' as it currently stands. Most of the singing now comes at an octave below and it is far quieter than it could be.
    The problem note is demonstrated by the following:
    .. here are the lyrics for the 1st verse and the BHAFC add-on...

    Now is the time for marching
    Now let your hearts be gay
    Hark to the merry bugles
    Sounding along our way
    So let your voices ring, my boys,
    And take the time from me
    And I'll sing you a song, as we march along,
    Of Sussex by the Sea
    Good old Sussex by the sea
    Good old Sussex by the sea
    And we're going up to win the cup
    For Sussex by the sea

    The notes in bold are the ones that require this high note and cut the singing. I would suggest a recording of it being played in the key of 'B-major' or 'C-major' to be used.

    Please add your suggestions and correct anything you think may be wrong here. We need to get this right!

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      It may have come to many fans' attention that halfway through 'Sussex By The Sea' being played, the singing goes quieter and seems to fade out. This is due to the music being in the wrong key for fans to sing. Most males can reach an 'F' note and some up to an 'G', but the majority struggle to reach the 'A' demanded by the version in the key of 'F-major' as it currently stands. Most of the singing now comes at an octave below and it is far quieter than it could be.
      The problem note is demonstrated by the following:
      .. here are the lyrics for the 1st verse and the BHAFC add-on...

      Now is the time for marching
      Now let your hearts be gay
      Hark to the merry bugles
      Sounding along our way
      So let your voices ring, my boys,
      And take the time from me
      And I'll sing you a song, as we march along,
      Of Sussex by the Sea
      Good old Sussex by the sea
      Good old Sussex by the sea
      And we're going up to win the cup
      For Sussex by the sea

      The notes in bold are the ones that require this high note and cut the singing. I would suggest a recording of it being played in the key of 'B-major' or 'C-major' to be used.

      Please add your suggestions and correct anything you think may be wrong here. We need to get this right!
      Don't know where to start really having put a lot of effort into this a couple of months back to seemingly zero effect.... and I followed in the footsteps of a previous failed attempt to engage the club on the proper singing of SBTS...

      What happens at the moment is now just about passable in my opinion. They solved the problem of complete silence during the "We're the men from Sussex" verse by editing it out and so at least that embarrassment is avoided.

      HOWEVER, it falls so far short of what it should be.

      The solutions are so obvious and simple it seems impossible that it can't be sorted out...

      1) Music played in a lower key
      2) An AV presentation on the screen with some words on to allow all 3 or 4 stands to sing in time with each other

      "The club", including the guy directly responsible for the music and screens , are aware of the issue. The last I heard was that "options are being considered/explored". I'm taking a break from campaigning about it while they are still sorting out more important stuff to do with the stadium but it must be resolved at some point.
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      Amd if anyone was concerned at having the words put up on the Big Screens, I recently went to a Grren Bay Packers American Football Match.

      They put up the words to the American National Anthem on their GIANT screens!!!!
      Thanks Robbie - one day we'll name a stand after you.

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