Together We Can Achieve More

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Together We Can Achieve More

A beautiful and very emotive song written by a small group of children from across year groups at Highfield Primary School, Enfield. Thank you to Ms Genia Fussco and the children for a truly memorable day. Such a lovely song, one that resonates on a many levels.

Our work in Enfield is made possible by the support of the Enfield Music Service. Thank you to Mea Jenkins and Kim Hember for their encouragement and financial support. The Enfield Music Service, making music make a difference in partnership with The Songwriting Charity.

‘No War’ by Trowbridge Primary School, Cardiff

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‘No War’ was written and performed by pupils from Trowbridge Primary School, Cardiff. Trowbridge is one of ten schools we’ve worked with over the last four months as part of Project K.

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“All Your Love” – my rescue remedy

Jason, words fail us……. thank you for this………….

In 1998 I fell ill with a mystery illness that robbed me of the love of my life – music. For two years I suffered badly with fatigue, muscle aches and bad dizziness. When I was finally diagnosed with ME I could hardly stand listening to music. It disorientated me. It made my head spin. Music, my consolation, my invigorator, my passion was causing me pain. Listening to music would make me feel really ill. So, what did I do? I stopped listening to it.

Now, this is a guy who from the age of 3 owned a casette player (ask your parents), rifled through his parent’s LPs (again, ask your parents) and bashed away on a dodgy old acoustic guitar every hour of every day. Music was in my blood. Certain songs were like bookmarks in my life. If I heard a certain tune it would help me re-live a moment from my past, would transport me to a place and time or would dig up some old emotions. Music was my mistress, my passion and she was a good mistress. I feel that music enriched my life and was in some cases the glue that bound me to other people – a shared love of music was the basis for my teenage friendships, which coincidentally have lasted the ravages of time and survive to this day.But one day I put on a CD and had to turn it off straight away. Listening to music hurt my head. And as for playing it! That was even worse. At times the fatigue was so bad that I couldn’t even pick up my guitar, let alone play it. For two years I struggled with my mistress. She was cruel to me and wouldn’t soothe me the way she used to. Elvis’s voice would jar in my ears. Duke Ellington would sound like a train hammering through my head. Even good old Eric Clapton’s guitar screamed inside my skull. Eventually I gave up and stopped trying to please my mistress. I stopped playing guitar, stopped singing and stopped listening to music. The only musical sound I heard was the beep of the supermarket checkout. Music and I had officially divorced. We had to go our separate ways.

So for six months I forgot about the cotchets, the quavers, the power chords, the pizzicato and the scat. I had said goodbye to dub, reggae, grunge, rockabilly, waltzes and arias. My head was calm, but deep within me was a growing void. I was living a life without music, and to be honest, life was looking pretty grey. But at least I was feeling well.

Then, one day, a day that is really clear in my mind I found an old CD copy of the Bluesbreakers album. You know, the Beano album. The one that Eric Clapton made with John Mayall, Hughie Flint and John McVie in 1966. And so, being in a reasonably good mood, feeling less ill than I had I slid it gently into the CD player, turned the volume down and pressed play. I held my breath slightly as the CD sped up, whizzing into a hiss as the laser scanned the disk; and then it happened.

It just happened. Like the sweetest kiss from a long lost lover. Clapton’s guitar belting out the intro to “All Your Love”, the old Willy Dixon/Otis Rush song just washed over me. And it was bliss! Shivers raced up and down my spine. My head was full of colours, shapes and words as Clapton’s playing began to fill me up with emotion. I was shaking with emotion as the sounds, the vibrato and the rhythm got inside me. I closed my eyes and let that wonderous sound wash over me. Clapton pouring out his emotion through his guitar, poured into me and filled me up. Yes, I shed a tear, I’m not ashamed to say, but they were tears of joy. My lover had come back and was being as tender and as loving as she always used to be. And somehow, having lost her, her return was all the more special and the effect she had on me was even more profound than before. That day I played that track over and over and over. It felt good. No, that’s rubbish…it felt right, as if someone had finally replaced something vital that had gone missing.

And I am pleased to say that she’s never left me since. My ME has gone totally. Even in times of great stress my music is there to console me, make me strong and help me through. She’s also there to join me in times of celebration. Whilst music isn’t my life, I know she will always be there for me and as I prepare for my wedding next year I know music’s going to be a big part of the day.

To all those amazing people that put pen to paper, finger to key, foot to pedal and pick to string and create this powerful force that we call songs I slaute you and thank you. From the bottom of my soul, without your work and dedication my life would be less. Keep rocking, keep writing and keep performing. What you do makes the lives of people like me even better.

And for those of you with a talent, don’t keep it for yourselves. Share it. You never know, you just might touch someone deep inside.

Jason Martin runs a Folkestone-based social enterprise called CAP Enterprise (Kent) cic that aims to be a driving force in growing social enterprise activity in Kent. Having spent the early part of his career in the private sector Jason decided in 2000 to transfer his business development skills into working in the third sector. Since then he has developed a reputation for giving invaluable, practical business support and guidance to people with ideas for new businesses, social enterprises and community projects. In his very limited spare time Jason plays guitar, sings and takes part in triathlons – but not all at the same time.

Hello. Is it me you’re looking for?

Hi Everyone,

I’m Nathan Timothy, the CEO of a newly formed ‘Nathan Timothy Foundation – The Songwriting Charity.’

I’ve taken the big step to consolidate my extensive experience in education, Third Sector and the music industry and work with a team of experienced practitioners and propose to deliver wide ranging songwriting workshops in Primary and Secondary Schools that will help children and young people of all abilities, disabilities and disadvantage to build self esteem, confidence and generate demonstrable improvements and increases in their overall wellbeing.

During our intensive workshops, children will express themselves through songwriting and music, exploring their emotions, fragilities, relationships, stresses, joy.  This is about creating new music and songs, and opening up all manner of creative opportunities for children who have no access to this level of support or creativity.

Many thanks to all those people that have signed up to our mailing list are following us on twitter so far. We are so grateful to have you on board even before we officially launch in September.

Do continue to tell people about us. We rely on your support and we will value your input every step of the way.

Indeed, if you have any questions or thoughts do let us know we’d love to hear from you.

Best Wishes,

Nathan

Nathan Timothy

CEO

Nathan Timothy Foundation – The Songwriting Charity

nathan@songwritingcharity.org

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