Sing across the border

When we received a Sing for Good entry all the way from London we were excited to connect with people from across the globe. Even more inspiring was the song entrants Tus and Natasha wrote titled ‘Border Door’ in support of breaking down barriers and welcoming refugees. The song aims to motivate others to change, act and heal as their message to ‘open up the border door’ plays in the minds of listeners. We asked Tus to share some of the highs and lows of her singing journey, how she came to Sing for Good and her new found confidence in singing every day for a year.

Where did you first hear about our singing project Sing for Good

I came across Tania de Jong’s talk “How singing together changes the brain” from TedxTalk. I tried to find her contact and sent her a message right away to express how much I was inspired by the talk. Listening to her speech, I felt very motivated to sing with other people more often and to set up a WithOneVoice London. Tania replied to me and also let me know about Sing for Good. I entered right away, such an awesome way to raise awareness and fundraise for people in need.

How long have you been singing?  

I have always been singing and humming since I was little. I performed sometimes in special school events. I have always been quite shy about my singing ability though. I went through depression 3 months ago because of many different reasons. During that depression phase I was very critical of myself, I had zero self-esteem and I could not sing, even just for myself. Then I met Melanie Garside (Maple Bee) who is a music therapist, musician. She offered me weekly music therapy sessions which changed my life totally. I was able to overcome depression. I started singing again and enjoying life much more. I now see life full of hopes and possibilities.


What sparked your interest to write the song “Border Door” to raise awareness about the refugee crisis? 

Here is what Natasha Gilbert wrote: “After holding a fundraising event for refugee support projects, I became very passionate about the future of those stuck between borders. I wanted to write a song that has a simple calling: ‘open up the border, open up the border door’. We hope that it will echo in the hearts of listeners  growing their empathy to the point where they are ready to read more , donate and volunteer for refugee services. Singing has the power to motivate others to change, or to act, as well as to heal. We can do this best as a community, which is why Tus and I came together to sing this.”

You are also singing one song a day for a year and sharing it on social media. How many songs have you recorded so far? And how has this helped you become more confident in your singing? 

I have been singing every day for 42 days now! In the first week, I was very shy and nervous when I posted a video, I thought a lot about whether I sang well enough, what people were going to think of me and now I’m not worried anymore! It has been so awesome! Lately, I have also been feeling much more energized and creative every day! I am a full time art student and singing has enabled me to have more ideas in my art practice. My friends have been noticing the changes in me and ask why I am so excited these last few days!

Where can we hear more of your beautiful songs to share with others?

Check out Natasha Gilbert music and follow Tus on her amazing Sing for 365 day project.

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We wish Tus all the best for the year ahead of singing, which will no doubt have a happy, healthy and positive impact.

Watch Tus and Natasha Sing for Good here and support them in their hope for opening the border door and welcoming refugees.

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Mental Health Week: Sing your way to happier you

In recognition of Mental Health Week and World Mental Health Day on Saturday 10 October we are asking you to take the next step towards acknowledging your own mental health and wellbeing. #mentalhealthbeginswithyou

As the stigma around mental illness reduces, more people are recognising the benefits of participating in activities which create a more positive psychology. And one of the best ways to feel happier, healthier, smarter and more relaxed is by singing! Whether you sing in your car, sing with friends or in the shower, taking five minutes out of your day to sing it out will put you in a better mood both mentally and physically.

When we sing, we create new neural pathways and release oxytocin, the hormone responsible for love and bonding. Singing also fires up the right temporal lobe of the brain and releases endorphins, “feel good” chemicals that trigger fun, enjoyment, happiness and relaxation.

Not only is singing a great way to improve your mental wellbeing, but singing in a choir or group is proven to be an even more valuable resource for those in need. Regularly singing with others in the community allows you to build strong networks and this is especially beneficial for those who don’t have strong family or community supports in their lives.

In recent years I have struggled with depression (2)World Mental Health Day is a global day to raise awareness and advocacy for mental health issues worldwide.

This year WMHD has three objectives:

  • Encourage help seeking behaviour
  • Reduce the stigma associated with mental illness
  • Foster connectivity throughout communities

By simply having a singalong, encouraging others to sing, connecting with the community and raising awareness about mental health you can help achieve these goals and improve you own mental wellbeing.

De-stress your life and do something good. Do it for you and those around you. Join us in song and enter Sing for Good. #dogood #feelgood  #WMHD

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The (G)love ladies continue to climb the leaderboard

A mutual love of karaoke and a background working in mental health inspired our leading Sing for Good entrants The Clinical Notes to take to the stage and have some fun! We decided to find out how this success entry came about, the reason for the (G)love and the hours spent perfecting their love song medley.

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  1. Tell us, how did you form the group The Clinical Notes and what inspired the name?
    This was actually the last thing we came up with – as we were all sitting around the dining table having a meal together.  We were interested to show that we had a clinical background, and we couldn’t resist a good pun!
  2. What is the significance of wearing the Glove?
    Just a bit of silliness really.  We were planning to go all out and wear some glitter but it was all a bit last minute so a glittery glove was as far as we got.  Plus, it adds a clinical dimension to it.
  3. Your performance is smooth and rehearsed. How many hours did it take to get the (G)love Medley ready to shoot?
    Sumitra had the idea one weekend after reading about it in the Big Issue. The following weekend, after many text messages and singing sessions over the telephone we were ready to give it a go. Everyone had a great deal of enthusiasm, and we were lucky to have some help from our friends Gwyn and Lynn.  It was a blast.
  4. What is your favourite song to sing in karaoke?
    How can you make us choose just one???
  5. Working in the mental health sector, what are some of the benefits you feel both physically and mentally when singing in a group?
    All of us have sung in choirs at different times in our lives, and we all enjoy the sense of companionship and camaraderie that it provides.  It is also great to be able to express ourselves in a creative way.  It’s essential to let loose and have a bit of fun!
  6. What do you think the world would be life if everyone sang together (in perfect harmony)?
    We think variety is the spice of life, so an odd note here and there is great.
  7. Besides karaoke and singing, do The Clinical Notes have any other loves?
    Well, we all like lots of different things, but we have a common love of eating!

The Clinical Notes are truly inspiring and have received an outstanding amount of support and donations. We hope this inspire others to add some spice into their life and give it a go!

Watch their entry here and donate or vote to show your support.

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