Day of Days (ex­cept the na­tional quiet one)

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

I’M AFRAID Na­tional Choles­terol month in Oc­to­ber passed me by, but in my de­fence there are too many spe­cial days go­ing on, from Pig Day – what? – on March 1, to Na­tional Quiet Day on Septem­ber 14 (you def­i­nitely skipped that one, grum­bles Mr F over my shoul­der).

Ap­par­ently the choles­terol cam­paign raised aware­ness of what it means for our health and our hearts. If the ad­vice is eat­ing more av­o­cado, I’m all for it.

But – there’s al­ways a but isn’t there? – in the in­ter­ests of re­search I’ve dis­cov­ered that there’s now a global short­age of av­o­cado, and even a black mar­ket in New Zealand, one of the main pro­duc­ers. My par­ents would have laughed at that: short­ages to them in WW2 meant lamb and sausages, not fancy fruit.

So, fel­low av­o­cado afi­ciona­dos (try say­ing that with a mouth­ful of fruit), we should not be gob­bling up the planet’s sup­plies. Some­times you just can’t win, can you?

But I have good news. Try singing in­stead. Be­long­ing to a choir has be­come al­most as pop­u­lar as the av­o­cado and not only is it fun; it is sci­en­tif­i­cally proved that you get more oxy­gen into the blood; it in­creases the flow of feel-good hor­mones and im­proves men­tal health. And pre­sum­ably while you’re singing you can’t be stuff­ing choles­terol-packed cakes and cheese into your mouth.

Luck­ily lo­cal song­writ­ing team Gavin Sparks and Kay Shel­ley are look­ing for singers who would en­joy learn­ing and per­form­ing their new Christ­mas song Day of Days, with its tra­di­tional Na­tiv­ity theme.

Com­poser/gui­tarist Gavin and lyri­cist Kay, of Uxbridge, run the lo­cal jazz and Latin band Pimp My Jazz, which per­forms all over West London and be­yond.

Day of Days has al­ready been pro­fes­sion­ally stu­dio-mixed with a fe­male lead vo­cal and a few har­monies, but the duo feel it would ben­e­fit from a live per­for­mance with a choir.

They al­ready have three choirs in­ter­ested in re­hears­ing the song – in Chelsea, South­fields and Iver, but they would love a Hilling­don­based group.

Con­tact Kay on 07748 662213/ 01895 252275, or email: kayon hold@hot­ to get in­volved.

To­mor­row (Thurs­day) be­tween 3pm and 5pm, a cut-down ver­sion of Pimp My Jazz plays Harris & Hoole cof­fee bar in Uxbridge High Street, and singer Lea Lyle will in­clude the Christ­mas song, Day of Days. Pop along and hear it for your­self.

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