SCOTTISH MENTAL HEALTH ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAMME PUBLISHED

 

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EXCITING NEWS FOR  THE MANY CONTRIBUTORS TO THE SONG WAVE PROJECT – SONGWRITER  AND TEACHER CLARE WATSON HAS COMPLETED HER COMPOSITION – ENTITLED “STAY” AND WE HAVE THE SHEET MUSIC READY FOR DOWNLOADING.

We’ve uploaded recordings of  the  full song ,  and it’s  constituent parts  below, as well as  some notes for participants to read.

For anyone who wishes to sing  their version for the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival on May the 17th,  Song Wave  are helping to plan a WAVE OF SONG  across our community.There will be different interpretations of the song too and some are already in the pipeline so watch this space.

UPLOAD THE SHEET MUSIC HERE:

STAY – TUNE FINAL

STAY –ALL PARTS FINAL

Take part in the Song Wave on 17th May, all you need to do is learn the song, record your performance  in any style you like,  and post it on your social media using the hashtag:

#SongWave

  please share with us at 

@soundcycletweet

 SOME INFORMATION FOR SINGERS-

The song “Stay” has been written with three parts; tune and two harmonies, presented here as four learning tracks:

PART 1 – TOP HARMONY – DOMINANT:

PART 2- TUNE – DOMINANT:

PART 3. LOW HARMONY- DOMINANT:

AND THE WHOLE SONG- ALL PARTS:

Clare has written “It is up to singers how they would like to perform the song. It can be done with both harmonies all the way through the song or for some of it. One harmony can be used or none at all.

The song can be adapted to a preferred genre, the speed changed, other harmonies created, chords added or other accompaniment.Clare asks that the tune and lyrics be maintained in order for it to be recognisable as the same song being sung all over the Borders on the 17th of May.”

Further info for singing tutors and groups, please click on the link  below to read further notes from Clare on how the harmony parts fit together:

STAY LYRICS – ALL

More information on how the harmonies fit together with the lyrics and tracks for individual parts on their own or with rhythm/click tracks added ,are available on request from:   clare.watson@mypostoffice.co.uk 

Let’s get singing!

 LYRICS

 VERSE 1.

Open your eyes, open your heart wide

I want to let go, sleep away this noisy world

This beautiful world you are holding in your hands

You think no one understands

Those who couldn’t stay.

CHORUS

And they say it’s okay not to be okay but

What do you do when the pain won’t go away?

Seems I’m always waiting for a warm and helping hand

And I feel so lost and lonely in the blue.

VERSE 2.

I get to my feet, fall down, get up again

I watch you retreat, shake away this crazy world

This beautiful world where no one knows my name

Maybe now I feel the same as

Those who couldn’t stay.

CHORUS

And they say it’s okay not to be okay but

What do you do when the pain won’t go away?

Seems I’m always waiting for a warm and helping hand

And I feel so lost and lonely in the blue.

VERSE 3.

You look my way, reach out a hand to me

You see and you hear, I know I still want to be

In this beautiful world, singing out my name

I let go of the pain of

Those who couldn’t stay.

CHORUS

          And they say it’s okay not to be okay but

          What do you do when the pain won’t go away?

Seems I’m always waiting for a warm and helping hand

And I feel so lost and lonely in the blue.

  • VERSE 4.

Then from inside midnight I hear a voice in song

Now it is the morning and I hear the word belong

The communal heart is beating loudly and my mind is strong

I am held within I will not fall apart.

CHORUS

          It’s okay not to be okay

          Sometimes when you’re here with me the pain just falls away

          We are battered people taking shelter from the rain

          I see you and I and they are all the same.

 It’s okay not to be okay

          Sometimes when you’re here with me the pain just falls

away

          We are made of stardust falling gently from above

          And I tell you what we’re made of most

          Is LOVE.

Here is some background to the project and how Clare came to write the song..

This is a special song (I hope). I’m writing it in response to Frightened Rabbits’ “The Loneliness and the Scream” and it will be for people all over the Scottish Borders (an actual county for those who don’t know) to sing on 17th May. It will be inspired by this year’s festival theme “Connected”.

Why this date? Because it is in the middle of the Scottish Mental Health Arts Festival. Song Wave is a project that wants to encourage people to sing. Singing is uplifting and community forming and very good for our mental health..

But how do you write a song? In this case I started with asking for contributions of words, musical phrases, thoughts. I actually received several whole songs, a video and some words.

The next step was to listen repeatedly to all the songs, watch the video many times and take down notes. Notes of some of the words and images that caught my attention. I wrote down everything inspired by each work separately then hung the words around my room.

I walked up and down looking at and repeating the words out loud. Then I sat down and started to write.

This is the ideas phase and anything goes at this stage. In fact it is important to reject nothing that comes up because it is all a necessary part of the process. Bits of tunes slip into my head and I go to my trusty zoom R8 to record what comes.

After a while I felt the need to move so decided to go for a walk before the light went. Yes, walking is also part of my process. The sun was streaming over the valley and everything was looking gorgeous. I was walking back up the hill thinking about rhythm and the heart. I started clapping a heartbeat. I was breathing heavily as I got to the top of the slope. That sounds interesting, I thought, and rushed to get home to record it. As I said, this is the phase of anything goes.

 SOME BACKGROUND TO THE SONG WAVE PROJECT:

For the festival, we would like to create a beautiful tribute to Scott Hutchison in recognition of his suffering with mental health issues and the legacy he left of hope and kindness – and of the importance of connecting with those around you.

On Friday 17th May 2019 we are hoping to create a ‘Song Wave’ throughout the Scottish Borders (and beyond!) that connects our local communities, young and old, by singing a new song that we work together to produce and perform.

The new song is intended to be a response to one of Scott’s Frightened Rabbit songs The Loneliness and the Scream. Could you help us to produce a new song – one that reaches out a hand, that glues the community together?

We are hoping this  new song, curated and arranged by Clare Watson, voice coach and singing tutor , will be performed by individuals, groups, choirs and schools all over the Borders with organised and pop-up performances posted on social media using#SongWave ,and  also included on the next Sound Cycle album. Any donations raised at performances will be given to the newly established Scott Hutchison Fund, a new mental health charity in memory of Scott.

Song Wave 1 – How to write a song?

THE LONELINESS AND THE SCREAM

Frightened Rabbit

Can you hear the road from this place?
Can you hear footsteps, voices?

Can you see the blood on my sleeve?
I have fallen in the forest
Did you hear me?

In the loneliness
oh the loneliness and the scream
to prove to everyone that I exist
in the loneliness
oh the loneliness and the scream
to bring the blood to the front of my face again

Am I here?
Of course I am, yes
All I need is a hand
to drag me out again

It wasn’t me, I didn’t dig this ditch
I was walking for weeks
before I fell in

To the loneliness
oh the loneliness and the scream
to prove to everyone that I exist
in the loneliness
oh the loneliness and the scream
to fill a thousand black balloons with air

We fall down, find God
just to lose it again
glue the community together
we were hammering it

I fell down, found love