3. Jet Man
Think Six the Musical meets the Spice Girls’ Wannabe meets Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean and you get an idea of the musical styles involved in this song pastiche. Sing about the life of jet-setting Sir Frank Whittle, ‘The little man with the big ideas’, in a story of triumph over adversity.
Aim for a precise approach in the refrain (Trouble maker) and indicate the shape of the melody. Be aware of others around you and sing strongly together!
The verses could be rapped OR sung at the low octave OR sung high.
KS2 should sing it all with KS1 singing the refrain and riff.
Bars 1-4: Intro (repeated).
Bars 5-20: Refrain: Trouble maker KS1
The ‘lea’ of Squadron Leader breaks into 2-part harmony.
Bars 21-28: Verse 1: Aged 15 - rap, sing (low or high).
Bars 29-32: Riff: Little man with the big ideas KS1.
Repeat for Verse 2 (Aged 16 ) and Verse 3 (Flying Frank).
Outro: Little man riff (repeat > fade) KS1.
Lots of breath is needed to sing the high notes of the refrain.
Feel the hip-hop groove! Introduce hand-held percussion and dance movements.
♫ Leaving on a jet plane.
💡 Arrange a trip to see the statue of Sir Frank Whittle, the Whittle Arch and Glass Bridge, landmark steel structures in an area of regeneration in Millenium Place, Coventry.