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Here is My Song
11 May 2015
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The project aimed to support a group of older people who have dementia living within the Wingecarrribee community to write, sing and record their own song.
The project included four facilitated workshops held during November 2014, at which professional performers and songwriters, Shortis & Simpson, supported the group to write, perform and record a song.
The resulting CD features 3 original songs written and performed by the group. It showcases the abilities and interests of the group with the songs being played for the family, friends and the wider Wingecarribee community.
Central to the project was the use of a fun and inclusive approach.
It was a partnership between Wingecarribee Shire Council and Wingecarribee Adult Day Care Centres Inc
Through the series of workshops the 12 participants were support to write, perform and record a song. This included writing lyrics that captured what the participants appreciated about their group (fun and friendship, dressing to look their best) and reflected their various musical influences (Elvis). Participants played instruments including guitar, drums and other percussion instruments and sang. Participants also have the CD to continue to play. Centre staff and volunteers have also acquired new skills allowing them to continue
regular music sessions for participants going forward.
The project received $4000 in funding from the Creative Ageing Local Government Grants 2014.
The song can be heard at https://youtu.be/NVjrTXGzP1U
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