"You think it's all gone...and then the music starts and it all comes flooding back!"
I am getting together with a whole load of people to make music to raise much-needed funds for the Rhythmix, Wishing Well programme so that people who are living with dementia get to make music too. Simple really - we're sharing the music around.
I'm going to play my accordion, sing songs, shake things, hit things and maybe even use a bit of music technology for 24 hours. From sunrise to sunrise. Non-stop (bar some breaks to drink coffee and do a bit of stretching!). I can make music whenever I want to. Not everyone is so lucky.
As many of you will know, I've been developing the Wishing Well programme for the last 4 years, with a team of amazing Musicians. I wanted to fundraise personally and creatively for people with dementia because every single day in our work we see the difference that music makes. The late great Oliver Sacks called music " the past embedded in amber".
I think of it like this; when we make music with people with dementia it 's like shining a light on who they are; their personalities shine through and they are illuminated. They connect outwards again, as an observer once commented to me, "like a flower unfurling"
It really is that wonderful. Music really does make a difference.
I'm aiming to raise one hundred pounds for every hour I spend making music. 24 hundred pounds will help us make a lot of music with people with dementia.
Thank you thank you thank you for your support.
If you'd like to check out Wishing Well, the work we do and the difference music makes, please watch this: http://wishingwellmusic.org.uk/film/
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