It’s official. Chasing Cars has been the most played song of the 21st century on UK radio.
I’m not one bit surprised. As any of you who have ever sung in a choir with me, you’ll know my love for this song. True to form for a Snow Patrol song, its strength lies in its utter simplicity, melody and lyrics. I love it. The Churchfields Community choir which I ran in Beckenham sang this firstly as a 2 part version… but then, one evening, I simply took two of my ‘high ladies’ and simply got them to replicate one of the parts an octave higher. Beautiful. When I moved to west Bridgford, I introduced it as a 4 part version to my new clutch of singers and they sang it amazingly too.
Written in the key of A major, the whole piece circles around just 3 chords (typical of Snow Patrol) and yet it is a brilliant song. I have listened to this, sung to it, arranged to and over it for many years. Last spring, I created a full acapella version of it!
What do you think to it? Does it fill you with love and wonder as it does me?
I attach a rough rehearsal recording from this year with the West Bridgford Liberty Singers creating the 4 part version. Every time we sing it, I expect tears. And I usually get some….