The Lockdown Blues


Zoom choirs have suddenly become the new norm: it's hard now to imagine a choir observing social distancing when in full throttle. Here is an offering by the Mosaic choir which I sing in, and here is God so Loved the World composed by my great grandfather, recorded by my cousin's choir.

The Lockdown Blues came to me in the night. I found myself thinking of the spirituals that the slaves sang on the plantations. I have tried to keep it simple. (In the two places where the music cascades down, each part can get its note from the part before). Please note that the music is in the public domain, free of all copyright and fees.

Download The Lockdown Blues Score here.

Here is a score without the piano part which fits onto fewer pages.

Hear a PC sound file here. (This won't play on a phone. The absence of words makes the opening muddy, but it gives the idea.)

If you record it and put it online, please send me the link and a brief note about who you are, and I will display it here.

Thank you, David Pennant, Woking, UK.

PS This project arose from my website which is an attempt to help people who want to pray at this time and don't know how.