Stormzy's biggest fan...
Musician: Tanya Cracknell (violin)
Our hang out music session at Bridgeside Lodge on the 4th of September was very special. Tanya played a varied set, from classical to pop. Although there was a cold wind, a couple of residents were happy to sit outside with us, and more enjoyed the music from the common room. Tanya walked around the outside of the building and played through the resident's windows. E.J had been sitting at her table when Tanya started playing, but soon moved closer to the window and ended up lying on her bed listening.
G was recognising songs, singing along, urging Tanya on, and dancing with her arms and legs. It was her reactions to certain songs which made the event so magical. She started crying during Adele’s ‘Make you feel my love’ and when I asked her why she was crying she just closed her eyes and said: “I don’t know, it’s beautiful.” The music was touching her very profoundly. Surprisingly, her favourite piece was Stormzy’s ‘Blinded by your Grace.’ She was laughing and shouting “Wow, wow” for the whole song. I think it’s fair to say Stormzy has a new fan!
Soon we had all forgotten about the chilly wind. Staff danced from the balconies, and more residents came out into the garden. Resident H was happy to conduct Tanya’s playing, especially to the classical pieces. He is a bit hard of hearing and doesn’t seem to hear people talking very well. Interestingly, he appears to have no problem hearing the music! Maybe the high tone of the violin helps. At the end he told us how much he’d enjoyed the afternoon, and said: “You’ve really made my day.”