Going with our theme of saving the planet and our environment, we now had some fantastic snippets of text from the members that were starting to come together. Some of these you may recognise…
“Only you can make the world a better place, only you can put a smile on your face”
“We sing out for our future, we shout for the unheard”
By the final few sessions, members were bringing in whole verses and some beautifully written text. The text and melody for the first two verses is virtually unchanged and was brought in and sung to me by one of the members. We then worked out how we would make it work harmonically and how the verse and chorus fitted together and we were away. This song is well and truly written by the members of Crisis – Michael and I hardly had to lift a finger (that is, until you get to the technical aspects of all the arranging and scoring – thank you, Michael!)
There was no telling how these sessions would go, and I was struck by the openness of everyone that we were lucky enough to work with. If you aren’t aware of the amazing work that takes place at Crisis, I would strongly encourage you take the time to find out what they do and how you can get involved. The people who wrote this song, and the Skylight Singers you’ll see performing this evening, are amongst the most resilient and inspiring people you will encounter. So please, listen to the words of this song, and if you can, give generously at the end of the concert, so others out there can benefit from the brilliant work of Crisis, and we can all help end homelessness together.
My thanks must go to Denise Keane, and the other staff from Crisis, for their endless support and welcome. Crisis Skylight Croydon is a living, breathing testament to the transformative power of participation in the arts, an area which is so obviously valued in the work they do there. Through music, poetry, drama, dance and theatre, they build confidence, shape social skills, improve emotional wellbeing and provide positive ways to express difficult emotions. I’d like to say a final thank you to Michael, for his dynamism, musicality and boundless compassion during this amazing six weeks of working with Crisis.