When The Lights Go On Again

“When The Lights Go On Again, All Over The World” is the second Vera Lynn song that my friend suggested I record. Although it was recorded originally by Vaughn Monroe in 1942, Vera recorded it soon afterwards and it’s her version we still remember and play today.

Music was a large part of the culture during  WWII and served as a uniting factor among people around the world. “When the Lights Go On Again” was one of the songs that helped keep up the spirits of those who were struggling. Once again we see that its’ lyrics are still relevant today. Whilst we don’t have to face bombs falling from the sky, or race for the air raid shelters, the invisible Coronavirus still forms a deadly enemy living amongst us in the atmosphere, and we can draw parallels between lockdown and the air raid shelters of the 40’s.

 

I hope my recording, about a time where we can all be free again, helps lift your spirits.

 

Virtual Motivational Music

Given the current Covid restrictions, I am continuing to share my voice and raise spirits on my You Tube channel and I am also available for virtual entertainment in care homes across the country.

I have been providing entertainment to the care industry since 1996. I have an extensive repertoire of songs which include “Songs From The Shows”; “50’s, 60’s & 70’s Music”; “Music Hall”; Songs From WWI & WWII”; “Pub Singalong Songs.” 

I established Motivational Music in 2011, to encourage care home residents to sing, have fun, move and make music. 

Between 2012 – 2015 I worked as an Activity Coordinator in residential care, where I formed the Guinness World Record’s The Oldest Choir In The World.

In 2017, I introduced “Music for the Mind” music sessions, specifically designed for those living with dementia and their carers. I continued to build on this experience until the outbreak of Covid 19, working in many care homes in the Yorkshire area bringing entertainment to residents living with dementia. 

For further details or to book a Motivational Music session please contact me by email at sruthstrangeway@btinternet.com or phone me on 07810 807518

There’s A Land Of Begin Again

I’d like to thank my friend who, a couple of weeks ago, suggested a few Vera Lynn songs that I might enjoy singing. After listening to them, I decided to sing this particular one called “There’s A Land Of Begin Again.” It’s one of her lesser known songs, but instantly I connected with it, loving the lyrics which resonated with many feelings I’ve experienced throughout lockdown; isolation, loneliness, hopelessness and despair and a deep, deep longing to be re-united with all that I hold most dear.

Vera Lynn is one of my lifelong heroines. Even as a little girl, I loved her rich, warm, comforting voice and the uplifting, inspirational songs she sang.  How I would have loved to have been entertained by her, live in her heyday.

“There’s A Land Of Begin Again” talks about new beginnings on the horizon, just over the hill. It’s a real song of hope. I hope it helps lift your spirits and you find yourself looking out, over the hill, towards a new better and brighter tomorrow.

Thank you for listening.

 

We’ll Gather Lilacs In The Spring Again

Today, I’ve recorded the beautiful song “We’ll Gather Lilacs In The Spring Again.” It’s a song of hope and my hope is that my recording will help to lift spirits a little and encourage us to look ahead to better times, as we face our third lockdown in 12 months.

The song was written in 1945 by Welsh composer Ivor Novello, for the hit musical “Perchance to Dream”. The stage musical opened at the Hippodrome Theatre in London’s West End in 1945 and ran until 1948. This particular popular and enduring number emerged from the production as World War II drew to a close.

It describes the yearning of parted couples to be together again. It evokes the joy they will feel once they are re-united, and the simple pleasures they will enjoy as they walk together in Springtime  amidst the English countryside, whilst the lilac blossom is in flower. Its’ words still seem relevant and poignant over 75 years since it was first written.

 

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Like me, I’m sure you’re thinking of Christmas past and remembering all those family members, friends and acquaintances we’ve not seen this year due to the Covid restrictions. How I’ve missed each one of them and especially my lovely friends in the care homes. It is with a deep sadness that I reflect on the Christmas carols we’ve not sung together in 2020.

So, with all that in mind, here I am singing to each and everyone of you, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”

I know it’s going to be a very different one but remember, when everything else is taken away, the only constant is yourself. So, just like the shepherds, angels and wise men, look for the star that shines brightly in your life and gives you hope. Keep following it and trust in a brighter tomorrow.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas. I send you my love and sincere hopes for a brighter 2021.

The Lord’s My Shepherd

Since the start of Covid 19, I have enjoyed supporting the York Spiritualist Centre by singing at some of their Sunday Zoom services. It’s been wonderful revisiting hymns that I’ve not sung for years. One such hymn is “The Lord’s My Shepherd.”

This Christian hymn, is based on the words of Psalm 23. Its’ words were written in 1641 by Francis Rous. My recording is sung to the tune Crimond which was composed in 1871 by Jessie Seymour Irvine, daughter of the Minister of the Crimond Parish, with harmonies by David Grant.

We’ll Meet Again

Before Covid 19, my next few days would have been spent honouring the brave men and women of WWII by singing in Stamford Bridge, Sutton-upon-Derwent, Wheldrake and Doncaster at their VE Day 75th Anniversary celebrations which now have all been cancelled. Instead, I’ve recorded “We’ll Meet Again” in honour of our war veterans and for everyone missing their loved ones during these difficult times. I look forward to brighter days and to seeing you once all this is over.

Keep Singing

As Covid-19 began to take its’ hold, and we in the UK faced lockdown, a good friend of mine said “when you feel a bit down – sing.”

And this is just what I have done! Whenever life has seemed uncertain and I have felt alone, I’ve sung. Now I can reliably confirm that singing has lifted my spirits and in turn has helped me to connect with others around the world in exactly the same position as myself.

At home, my study has turned into a recording studio and I’ve had a wonderful time singing lots of songs that I haven’t sung for ages and then learning to turn them into videos.

You can listen to some of my creations by watching them on You Tube

I hope you enjoy them.

 

Singalong With Ruth

During the Covid 19 “lock down” I’m truly appreciating my memories of events like meet ups with family and friends; enjoying a coffee and cake in a local café; wandering freely in the outdoors and my weekly sing along sessions in the Care Homes throughout my region. Sadly, for the moment, like me, these remain “locked down”. It’s at times like this you recognise and feel the many benefits singing brings, physically, emotionally and socially and the special relationships you share with the elderly.

Let’s Sing Everyone!

Spurred on by my loss of singing, over the last few days I’ve had a wonderful time singing in my own home and recording a playlist, which I hope many will be able to enjoy singing along to during this period of isolation.

I can definitely vouch for the personal health benefits I’ve gained whilst doing it. It’s given me a great opportunity to exercise my lungs and feel my sinuses and respiratory tubes opening up. Mentally, I’m feeling more alert and I know my immune system has also been given a boost. Overall I’m feeling brighter, more energetic, positive and less anxious about the world outside.

So, here’s a link to the playlist which is on You Tube https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL61PksHoEwPVwCZC5RRdylT6Nuy5RjFhz

Happy singing! I hope you experience some or more of the benefits I’ve gained.

 

 

Celebrating International Day of Older Persons 2019: ‘The Journey to Age Equality’

I am looking forward to singing in a York care home this afternoon where we all will be celebrating the 2019 International Day of Older Persons.

Each year, this day, the 1st October, is celebrated as the International Day of Older Persons. It was first established in 1990 by the United Nations General Assembly. This year’s theme is “The Journey to Age Equality”

There are currently around 700 million people over the age of 60. It is predicted that by 2050, this figure will have risen to 2 billion.

The 2019 theme is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 10 and focuses on ways of coping with existing and preventing future old age inequality.