Take One a Day (for 10 weeks)

#49  Awakening

A jazzy Clarinet ensemble piece to get the musical bones in your body awakened and ready for the day ahead. The catchy swing phrasing might bring a smile to your face and possibly instigate a finger or toe tapping along with the beat.

This piece was inspired by the English weather, and how sometimes when we’ve had rain for many days, an unexpected day of sunshine can re awaken the body and give us an extra dose of energy.

The intention behind this piece was to create an uplifting melody that people of any age could enjoy together whilst watching the finger work on the clarinet holes and keys. Maybe see how many clarinets you can hear?!

Oli


#48  Limousin Mazurka

I love this tune – it makes me smile and move when I play it, as you can see!

It is a lively bouncy mazurka dance tune that I learnt from Central France when I was there in 2018 at a traditional music and dance festival. I saw two female performers (Duo Rivaud Lacouchie) from the Limousin area on Melodeon and Fiddle playing traditional music from their region with such energy and verve! I bought their CD and learnt everything it had to offer.

I really hope it catches your attention and might change your mood, get your feet tapping and help to brighten your day.

Sarah


#47  Land of Dreams

Soporific is the word I’d use to describe what I hope the effect of this song will be on the listener. It’s purposefully repetitive and slow. It was written to address a specific need that we often encounter when working in hospitals; that of a baby, toddler or young child who can’t quite get to sleep but who really needs to. We’ve often found ourselves playing a gentle song or melody more and more slowly, more and more quietly, over and over again as a little one gradually drifts off into a long-awaited, much needed sleep. I wrote this song as part of my drum baby sleep collection of songs with exactly this scenario in mind.

It was surprisingly difficult to sing this song to a camera instead of to a tired child. Since starting this #takeoneaday series of videos I’ve been reminded over and over again how different our music making in hospital is to any other sort of performance I’ve ever been involved in. We normally have the opportunity to take the time to tune in to the person or space we are playing to, to really feel what is needed and appropriate. Without these cues I find it becomes really difficult to quite know how to deliver the song, with what intensity, at what volume and at what tempo. It’s a great illustration of what a huge impact the person we’re making music for/ with has on the music – even if they’re only involved to the extent that they’re falling asleep!

When trying to decide how to present this video, the weather forced me indoors, so I used a green screen that I had set up for some other filming work I’m doing. I chose the backgrounds as a reflection on how much beauty can be present in even the smallest area in which nature has taken hold. It’s so easy to miss the ‘tiny vistas’ when looking to be awed by nature!

Richard


#46  My Grandfather’s Clock

Following a request for this one on the bassoon, it seemed only appropriate to record it with not just one, but three fagotti and the addition of a ‘clock’ to keep me in time.

Knowing this one really well from my childhood, it felt very easy and natural to improvise the three parts. This is something we practice all the time within OPUS; knowing our extensive repertoire inside out gives us the flexibility to adpat our musical offer to the situation in which we find ourselves.

I hope you enjoy this one (I did), perhaps tick-tocking along with whatever you can find to hit, tap or shake. Make sure you watch right to the end though!

Nick


#45  Pentatonic Calm

Using just five different notes, common in Eastern culture, this gentle piece encourages us to just breathe and be. Playing this piece is like a meditation for me, slowing me down, letting my mind focus purely on the strings and how they vibrate, transporting me away from the busy-ness going on around me.

Mary


#44  Stop Go

Whilst working on paediatric wards we have often seen the need for distraction or re-directed attention for patients, so I was inspired to write a new piece of music which would enable, aid and re-focus these situations. ‘Stop…Go!’ aims to give the impression of a game like quality that children may be able to direct the music and musicians (starting and stopping), in order to give them a degree of autonomy within hospital. Younger children and babies hopefully should be able to enjoy the stops in the music and surprise octave jumps to capture their attention.

This jazzy piece is intended to lift patient’s mood as it moves through to the final major section of the three-part piece, hopefully feeding their curiosity by the high notes at the end.

Oli


#43  This Won’t Last Long

A song written in difficult times with a happy and positive theme about daring to be comforted that our current situation won’t endure forever – that there are brighter days ahead.

With a deliberately catchy chorus, I hope the words stay with you and help you to maintain a positive mental outlook in the present and through the weeks to come.

Sarah


#42  Listen

This is another song I’ve written as part of my ‘Drum Baby Sleep’ collection of songs. Working as a musician in healthcare I’m constantly amazed at the power of music to bring about profound transformations in us. We spend a significant amount of time in our practice bringing a sense of calm and relaxation to patients, carers and staff and we’re often able to use music to help induce sleep. Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on and studying how musical elements influence consciousness and the ‘drum baby sleep’ collection is part of this reflective work. This piece has been written taken to account of specific musical elements such as tempo and rhythmic variability that work in combination with duration of a piece to slow down and calm the mind. It’s presented here in a muchabridged and slightly more lively (!) form for #takeoneaday.

The style in which I’m playing the ukulele and the use of the conga drum draw on my experiences of being percussionist as part of Más Y Más. Accompanying lead singer Rikki Thomas-Martínez’s guitar playing for nearly 20 years has significantly influenced my approach to ukulele… Thanks Rikki!

I hope you all enjoy this song (and that there’s enough of it) to take you to a place of calm and quiet in the night, where you can gently fall sleep!

Richard


#41  Brahms’ Lullaby

A simple, yet beautiful tune written by Johannes Brahms in 1868 for voice and piano. It’s now well known as a sleepy lullaby, the melody instantly recognisable from many toys and musical mobiles.

I’m enjoying playing it here on piano, taking comfort in the relaxing nature of the melody, and giving it a very simple accompaniment. I’m sure that our associations with this piece help us to find it relaxing, however, the long, gentle phrases and tuneful repetition really help with this, and have made this one of our favourites for use in neonatal intensive care settings.

…..and…relax….

Nick


#40  Ode to a Daytime Moon

Walking home from dropping my children at school, I spotted the moon, smiling down from a brilliant blue Autumn sky. I took up my harp, and this melody came from the strings. This is my ode to the Daytime Moon, a song of gratitude for passing safely through the night, and of appreciation at her remaining by my side into the daytime.

Mary


#39  Too Windy for Sailing

A playful tune to make you smile and move to the music, written on a very windy day when I was hoping to go sailing on Carsington Water. However, the wind was so strong that no boats were allowed out. So I decided to go for a walk out in the Peak District instead, and composed this piece as I walked along (or got pushed along by the wind anyway!).

This bouncy and playful tune is great to move your body to and feel energised, watch out for the stops though! I enjoy playing this piece to my children as a musical statues game with making the stops longer and longer each time, great fun!

Oli


#38  Response

This piece was written in 2017, after working on older people’s wards in hospital and reflecting on their pace of life and gentle responses they generally gave to the music we offered. It was written with long held notes and a lilting three time feel with room to relax and breathe calmly within it.

I start this piece here by looking towards a photo of my grandparents on their wedding day. They bought me my first violin and were generally very supportive and encouraging of me playing music. So as I play, I’m thinking about them and the people I have worked with more recently on the wards.

What will you reflect on as you listen and relax?

Sarah


#37  Intersection

This particular place is a regular part of our dog walks. It’s part of a beautiful, local trail, crossed at this point by the M1 motorway! I find the intersection of these two fascinating, a sharp meeting of nature and the man-made environment.

On family walks we always test out the acoustic under bridges, making whooping noises, singing and whistling. On this ocassion, along with the very patient dog, I also took my bassoon (much to the amusement of fellow walkers) to REALLY test out the acoustic.

This piece reflects on the treadmill of everyday life, accompanied by the rumble of the traffic above my head, and the beauty of spaces around us, if we only have the time to fully appreciate them.

Nick


#36  Wals voor Polle

This is a melody from Belgium that I learnt from my OPUS colleague, Sarah Matthews. It’s a tune that for me has almost become synonymous with ‘Music in Healthcare’. It’s one that I love playing and has been with me throughout my development as a musician in hospital.

I played it at first on the bodhran, then a few years later learnt the chords on the ukulele and then it was the first melody that I got my fingers around on the ukulele. For this reason, I’ve decided to represent each part on the video simultaneously.

I created this multi-track recording on a sunny day in September to offer a track that can be appreciated for the beauty and simplicity of its melody, harmony and rhythm. During lockdown I’ve really missed playing this tune with my OPUS colleagues. It’s been fun to recreate it on my own but I’m looking forward to the next opportunity I get to play it with Sarah, Nick and Oli!

Richard


#35  Maid and the Palmer / From Night ’til Morn

An Alto Whistle duet from Nick and Oli, playing a folk and morris dance tune known under two titles. Oli learnt this tune to accompany to the Cotswold Morris Dance ‘Broad Cupid’ with Ripley Morris Men. Having danced Cotswold Morris from an early age this tune always takes Oli back to his childhood, growing up in the folk tradition and enjoying learning new dances and beginning to learn the Melodeon.

In this version we have added a light swing feel in order to bounce along or move about to (suitable for any age). We enjoy playing this toe tapping tune for patients in hospital, and also having a bounce along with them as well.

Oli


#34  Morning Sun

Two ancient instruments played together in this merry tune, inviting you to imagine the morning sun soaking into your skin to feel an inner glow of warmth. When I wrote this piece, I started with the drum, regular like a heartbeat. I allowed the melody to find it’s own path, fitting around the steady, pulsing drum. Sometimes I find the best flow in life comes from not trying too hard, and just following my own heartbeat.

Mary


#33  Memory Aire

As part of OPUS’ practice we have worked on older people’s wards, dementia care and stroke units in the past. Having experienced a wealth of quality interactions on these wards with musical patients, I decided to write a reflective piece about good memories, recent or in the past and reflect on the importance of connection between friends and family.

This piece is intended to spark thoughts of patient’s musical memories, connecting their music to the people they care most about. Music is such a powerful tool that can bring people together and share the experience of simply listening to a tune or song or being embraced within it by playing an instrument or singing. I hope this piece inspires your creative side!

Oli


#32  Go To Sleep Little Baby

Here is a gentle sleepy piece I wrote after reflecting on OPUS’ practice in Neonatal settings, and the extraordinary amount of time spent by parents and staff to help their little babies feel safe and comfortable, so that they can relax and sleep, grow and strengthen.

It was written with a gentle rocking feel in mind, universally designed with a soporific lilt, in a major key to engender positivity and safe confidence. It was also written to include a section that focuses on the care-giver as well as the little one, as we all know, we cannot take care of others properly, if we do not first look after ourselves.

Try using it with someone you care for and see what effect it has for them, and you.

Sarah


#31  Feel and Be

Outside of my work as a musician in healthcare for the last eleven years, I’ve played in a band called The Last Pedestrians. I love playing with the people in the band and really miss playing to the audiences that regularly attends our gigs. Normally these two strands of my professional life are quite separate, but the #takeoneaday project and the complete cessation of being able to play live for people both in hospitals and gig venues for 7 months seems to be a good opportunity to bring these two strands together.

This video shows me playing and singing a song by the lead singer and songwriter of The Last Pedestrians, Harry Stephenson. I’m singing it from the cajón, which is the instrument I’d normally play this song on in the band, but not an instrument that it is ever really practical to play in hospital. I’ve added a ukulele and some backing vocals to the video to nudge it towards the full band sound that I’m used to hearing played with, although to my ears it really misses the contributions of the other band members!

In a time when so much of what we usually love to do, and that feeds our souls has vanished from our lives, for me this song is a beautifully written reminder that ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’, can be enough if we put our attention in the right places.

Richard


#30  Remembrance

My Dad passed away almost a year ago now, at a grand old age of 93. He was an inspiration to all who knew him, and as I play this piece, I find myself thinking of all the ways my life has been blessed by knowing him. I read recently that grieving is what love feels like after the person is gone. That really resonates with me. As we reflect today on those we have lost, let us bathe in the knowledge that what we are feeling, above all else, is love. I hope this piece gives you time to hold on to that feeling, and to remember the happiness those people brought to your life.

Mary


#29  Hapi Improvisation

During our Music in Healthcare practice, we love making music with patients. The favoured instrument for many patients to use is the Hapi Drum. It makes such a beautiful, rich, bell-like sound. We were delighted to be gifted one in memory of a very special patient, and we loved it so much we now have them to use in all our hospital settings.

We can’t be in hospitals just at the moment to make music for and with patients, so here’s a little improvisation on guitar and Hapi Drum, the latter played by my 9-year-old son.

Hope it makes you Hapi!

Nick


#28  Songbirds In Autumn

A melody I wrote a few years ago for a family wedding, played here amongst the Autumn colours with the garden birds accompanying.

This is a lilting three-time piece with a gentle rocking feel to it.

I hope you can find space to relax and listen somewhere during your busy day. Take time to breathe in the fresh Autumn air in the sunshine.

Sarah


#27  Rockets

WARNING: This video may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.
A fanfare style Soprano Saxophone piece, inspired by fireworks on bonfire night.

This melody was written to reflect the build-up and anticipation of rockets taking off and flying through the air, then lighting up the sky with a colourful explosion. See if you can guess when the rockets light up the sky.

Rockets have always been my favourite firework, and as a child I remember the fun we would have, watching them in the field as they set off through the sky. This piece has been written with a joyful major introduction, then turning to a minor darker feel to reflect the different sorts of rocket fireworks seen on bonfire night.

I hope you enjoy the colourful fireworks flashing in this rocket themed piece.

Oli


#26  Fil Et Bobine

I picked up this tune from musician James Tolhurst during his apprenticeship with OPUS. Thanks James! It’s a French tune traditionally played for dancing and I believe, usually played a lot more rapidly than I’m playing it here. In hospital we’ve found it to be a beautiful tune to play at much lower tempos, bringing calm and peace to places and situations.

I’ve presented it here with simultaneous close ups on melody and chords to give you the opportunity to disentangle them as you watch the same instrument play both parts. Being able to watch an instrument playing a part often helps me understand exactly what it is that a particular musician is doing and how that contributes to the whole piece. This can be a great thing to focus on when watching musical performances and it often keeps me coming back to videos of performances over and over again until I’ve cracked it!

Richard


#25  Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Inspired by the love shown for my last bassoon-playing contribution, I decided to share more of this characterful instrument with this timeless classic!

The tune was written (as Teddy Bears’ Picnic) in 1907 by John Walter Bratton, but the lyrics we know today were not added until 1932 by Jimmy Kennedy. I think the tune is so well written, it tells the story without the words.

I was helped in the creation of the video by my children who chose which tedddies would ‘star’, and set up the ‘picnic’.

I think this is one for everyone, of any age to enjoy!

Nick


#24  Smile In Your Sleep (Hush Hush)

This was one of the first pieces I learned as an OPUS musician, and it stayed with me. The slightly haunting melody, coupled with words of such hope and love make it a beautiful lullaby for someone of any age. I often play this piece during the reflection period in the hospital memorial services… The idea of peace and freedom found in sleep is so comforting.

Mary


#23  Orange In Bloom

This traditional Morris dance tune has been a favourite of mine for many years. Having Morris danced since I was 7 years old (and still do) this is a piece which I have known for many years. This tune is normally played in a slightly more upbeat and lively fashion for the dancers to dance to but hear I have used it as a reflective piece with long smooth phrases in order to enjoy the soothing chord progressions. Take time out of your day, if you can, for contemplation and thought in our busy everyday lives.

Oli


#22  Halloween

Here is a cheeky little traditional seasonal jig for you today.

A friend of mine who plays the ‘Cello brought this to a musical session at my house many years ago and shared this tune. It sounded fabulous on her instrument.

Here it is played on the Viola with a Halloween-ish setting – I was given a pumpkin just the other day and it seemed appropriate! I’ve even added some spooky vocals and extra ghostly viola in at the background towards the end … see if you can hear them…

I hope you enjoy the impish nature of this piece and think of some fun spooky antics suitable for the time of year – Happy Autumn and Halloween everyone!

Sarah


#21  Washy Washy Washy

This song is a bath time favourite in our family. I wrote the verses in response to the chorus of the song which is by the great American folk singer Woody Guthrie. The original version of the song is from his album ‘Songs to grow on’. It’s offered here for fun and enjoyment and as a reminder that you can use pretty much anything as a drum!

Richard


#20  Hustle Bustle

Often the healthcare situations we find ourselves working in are a hive of activity, with numerous people going about their many different roles in support of the patients and their familes/carers.

Despite this hustle bustle, there is always a wonderful air of calm, care and gentleness, something I have tried to portray in this semi-improvised piece on guitar and Low D whistle. I hope you enjoy it!

Nick


#19  You, Me And The Harp Makes Three

A joyful song, celebrating our connection to one another through the bond of music… Music brings good cheer to one and all! I may be here, while you are there, but in sharing this song with you I can be there with you, and you can be here with me too. It’s a pleasure to meet you!

Mary


#18  Dreamer

Having always written tunes and never a song, I was inspired to write a piece that would calm, sooth and relax babies in order to get them ready for sleep. Being a father of two young children, I can relate to parents need for babies and children to be calmed and soothed in order to sleep. This song is very close to my heart as I sing it to my children every night before bed and they have learnt the words too so we sing it together. I have played this song several times on the Neo-natal wards in the hospitals in which we work and seen the calming effects it has. I hope it brings some calm to your day too.

Oli


#17  Sunflower

Sunflowers are just so beautiful, aren’t they? This year I actually managed to grow one in my garden.

This song has been written full of the simplistic joy you feel when you look into a sunflower’s face.

It is designed to catch someone’s attention and brighten their day by being playful and fun. The stops and starts in the music are there to keep you engaged.

See if you can pick up the repeat lines and join in…

Sarah


#16  Maid And The Plamer

This is a folk melody which I’ve picked up from my OPUS colleague Sarah Matthews. I’ve always loved accompanying her fiddle playing on this tune with the Bodhrán (Irish Drum), so I decided to make a feature of the drum in this video placing it as the main instrument. I’ve played the tune on tenor ukulele and the chords on an eight-string tenor ukulele.

We tend to use this tune in hospital to brighten and energise spaces and people and likewise here, my intention is to offer the piece and the footage of it being played on a beautiful sunny morning in autumn, as something upbeat that will make you feel good!

Richard


#15  Da Bi Da Da etc…

We can only be in each setting for a limited amount of time, but we can leave music behind us within the patients, and the staff. One of the really lovely outcomes from our Music in Healthcare practice, is when staff join in, especially as they go about their work, carrying on our work long after we’ve moved on.

This song was written as a reflection on this aspect of our practice, on how healthcare staff often go about their practice with a renewed rhythm in their feet, and a heart full of song. We don’t even need to know the words to sing along, and so while this song has a verse which perhaps tells the story of the impact that music can have, it is written with a chorus of Da bi da da etc…, words which are often heard from staff, relatives and patients as they join in, or carry on our music-making.

I hope the tune gets into your head, and sets you up with some Da Bi Da Da’s for the rest of the day….

Nick


#14  Dancing Strings

A swinging upbeat tune inspired by a beautiful Autumnal sunny day! I had great fun playing this, especially adding the Cha-Cha-Cha style swish on the strings! I hope this tune puts a smile on your face, and gets your fingers or toes tapping. No matter where this melody finds you, inside you can transport yourself to the deck of a cruise ship, your favourite holiday destination, or the best club in town – where will it take you today?

Mary


#13  Floating On The Breeze

I was inspired to write this Clarinet piece whilst outside in the allotment section of our garden. I stood and watched the trees sway in the breeze with the clear blue sky as a backdrop behind and reflected on my breathing. With each inhale and exhale the branches of the silver birch seem to float on the breeze and so I started playing to the trees swaying motion.

Why not see if you can do the same focussing on your own deep breathing, in and out with these long smooth phrases, helping you to feel calm and safe in the natural world around us.

Oli


#12  Gallopede

A fun bouncy folk tune with three parts and an upbeat groovy rhythmic nature to get you moving. Played here by Nick and Oli on Alto Whistles as a duet, one on the tune and one as a harmony. See if you can follow the tune!

When being introduced to the folk world as a child I got given a melodeon to try and Gallopede was one of the first tunes that I learnt to play. This tune takes me back to learning an instrument for the first time. I hope that when we play this tune on the wards, it inspires more children to take up an instrument and see the enjoyment and pleasure it brings.

We have used this piece to match children’s energy sometimes experienced on the wards and then played with the tempo, giving patients some autonomy through directing our music. Also, a great track to shake a shaker along with!

Oli


#11  My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose

This is a 1794 song usual in Scots dialect, by Robert Burns he based on traditional sources. Most of us know it, although we cannot say where we first heard it. A beautiful song of true love for all of time.

My husband had picked the roses as he trimmed the hedges in our garden this week, and they were so beautiful, they reminded me of this song, and how timeless it is.

I do hope you enjoy it. Do sing along or just close your eyes and drift away in a loving memory for a moment…

Sarah


#10  Fall Softly

This is another song from my ‘Drum Baby Sleep’ collection. It focuses on that feeling when for whatever reason we can’t just let ourselves go off to sleep. The intention behind the song, which is normally a lot longer, is to use the hypnotic repetitive nature of the rhythmic accompaniment to draw the attention of our minds away from whatever is keeping us awake into a place of surrender where we can let sleep wash over us.  

Richard


#9  Off To California

While I can usually be seen around the hospitals with my guitar (the clue is in the shirt), the bassoon is probably the instrument closest to my heart.

The bassoon is often called the ‘joker of the orchestra’ due to its colourful sound. The German name Fagotto (literally bundle of sticks) is also a little mean – the bassoon can really sing rather beautifully when it wants to!

This particular instrument travelled many miles with me during my European trips training as a Musician in Healthcare, having its own seat when travelling on a plane.

In this clip I’m playing with a traditional tune called Off To California, perhaps not helping the reputation of the instrument as the joker or clown. Oops. I hope it makes you smile.

Nick


#8  Swedish Harvest Song

An old traditional melody from Sweden – sway along as the flax is gathered, carded and spun. I love how upbeat and happy this tune is – it makes me want to waltz around the room in circles as I play! I especially like playing it in Autumn, when the harvest would traditionally be gathered, shared and celebrated by the community.

Mary


#7  Energise

Written during lockdown 2020 as a piece to give someone energy and drive to make the most of everyday, no matter what is thrown our way. Composed on Melodeon in the woods not far from home, given inspiration by all the trees, hedgerow, plants that are continuing to grow strong no matter what the weather.

This piece was one of the first pieces that I recorded with a brass section to add extra impact and energy to the listener. It certainly seemed to make the birds sing along whilst recording it!

Hopefully I will be able to play this piece as part of OPUS repertoire when we return back to our hospital environments.

Oli


#6  Country Gardens

A beautiful uplifting traditional morris dance tune here, played for my chickens, with some of the garden birds joining in in the background.

I love traditional tunes and I also love morris dancing, so this tune is very dear to my heart. For me, this piece represents the joy of summer with music and dance.

I do hope it brings a light and energetic lift to your day wherever you are.

Sarah


#5  Feel Safe

I wrote this song on becoming a parent for the first time. It’s part of a collection of songs called ‘Drum Baby Sleep’. It’s offered here as a reflection on bedtime; how such an everyday ritual can be mundane and repetitive while also being a moment to demonstrate a deep and profound sense of care, connection and love for a child. I’m singing it here just 13 days after the birth of my second child, with my own as well as my children’s ‘bedtime’ often on my mind…

…“It’s bedtime that’s the best!”

The song style is influenced by Rumba Yambu from Havana, Cuba. The rhythm that I’m playing on the Cajón was taught to me by Santiago Garzon Rill ‘Chaguito’ and forms the basis for his style of playing Yambu.

Richard


#4  Ayoo Sama Sope

Ayoo Sama Sope is a beautiful lullaby from Senegal, passed onto me by Marianne Clarac from Musique & Sante in France during part of my training as a Musician in Healthcare. The words, in the Wolof language, tell the story of a little bird flying to its grandparents’ house.

I present it here, not initally as a lullaby, but in a more upbeat style, reflecting on the sometimes agitated state that really young patients can be in during medical interventions. The music usually has a calming, quitening effect on the patient, and calms sympathetically along with them, as demonstrated in this performance.

I hope you enjoy it. How does it make you feel?

Nick


#3  Rolling To The Shore

A wistful piece about the passing of time, and how there can be beauty in this moment, right here, right now. I love the space between the notes in this piece. It can be so tempting to fill every silence, yet there is so much colour, so much life in the calm of the spaces in between.

Mary


#2  The Raven’s Rock

A beautiful relaxing 3-time traditional Irish tune to unwind to. Recorded on Alto Whistle reflecting the rugged and rocky Cornish coastline seen in the picture, possibly also in view of the Raven’s Rock. I came across this piece originally in a session at Cheltenham Festival many years ago and fell in love with its lilting feel straight away. Take time to relax and unwind whilst listening to this gentle tune wash over you and possibly take stock of the day thus far. I’ve really enjoyed playing this piece to patients, seeing the effects of relaxation and release wash over them, and look forward to playing it again soon.

Oli


#1  I Once Had A Sprig Of Thyme

Here is a traditional song given a new lilting feel. A reflective piece about our lives, the choices we make, and that funny way that time has a habit of disappearing from us all too quickly.

I have set the scene here with some traditional kitchenware and even found a sprig of thyme to put on the mantle.

I hope you enjoy its swaying vibe and may it help you to take time out of your busy day to pause a while and reflect on the good things.

Sarah


#takeoneaday for ten weeks – COMING SOON!

OPUS Music CIC is delighted to bring you #takeoneaday for ten weeks, beginning on Saturday 10 October. Every day, for ten weeks, Healthcare Musicians from OPUS will bring a specially recorded, short video performance direct to your internet connected device.

This programme is supported by funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Thanks to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport for making this possible.

 

 

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