(Photos taken by Dave Howard – Artistic Director & Lucy – participant aged 5)
Yesterday’s Open Access session – (basically a music workshop for members of the Castle Vale public to drop in and use sound bites to make music), was loads better. It helped restore my confidence after Thursday’s stompathon!
It went well – we did some names games as there were a few new faces, and then recorded some sounds bites about food we liked to eat in Castle Vale. Then we wrote a song about vegetables – no really! We wrote original lyrics about why they were good for you and described our favourite ones. All directed by the group.
Top veggies were:
4. Sweet potato
When I asked for feedback at the end – one participant said they liked being able to submit ideas and have them incorporated into the song. It made me smile loads!
I tried to be as laidback and open to suggestion as much as I could in this session, and it proved successful. This was also achievable because the group size was small – 7 and we had gelled quite nicely, I felt that there was a growing sense of trust and confidence. I’ve just been re-reading “Community Music: A Handbook” by Pete Moser and George McKay and I found myself pondering over their mention of the group as a complex animal – possessing a “character that is more than the sum of the individuals in it.”
What’s your (working) group like? If your group were an animal what would it be? I think we were an excitable puppy that was getting used to obeying instructions. Thursday’s music session was the Incredible Hulk – definitely!!