This is a story about a man named Joe and his quest for love.
Joe leaves his hometown, becomes a locomotive, travels to Persia and ends up finding his one true love in the romantic country of Italy.
But this isn’t just a love story…
While Joe travelled far and wide, he was never alone in his search for love as the members of With One Voice Altona Meadows choir at Benetas St. George’s were always there singing by his side.
This musical story and creative Sing for Good entry provided the choir members with more than an afternoon of entertainment.
It allowed the members to embrace the joy of singing, engage with each other and step into a loved fuelled world. It was a fun adventure as they sang, acted and filmed a beautiful love story (with a happy ending).
The entry features a medley of five storytelling songs, opening with “Bye Bye Blackbird” and ending on the popular Italian song, “Arrivederci Roma,” where Joe reunites with his love before saying goodbye to Rome.
Every Wednesday at Benetas St. George’s aged care facility residents look forward to choir practice and other members of the community are invited to sing-along.
Through the choir’s open door policy we are able to engage with a diverse mix of people from the broader community who share the joy of singing and by doing that together with our residents it has the added benefit of providing a great sense of social inclusion.
– Siusan MacKenzie, Manager Community Engagement, Benetas
Singing in a choir is one of the best activities that senior citizens can engage in as it boosts their mood, stimulates their minds and increases social connectedness. The Ballad of Joe Sing for Good entry is a true example of the health benefits of singing and it is joyful to hear the residents singing so enthusiastically together.
The star of this entry, Joe (Giuseppe) also features in Benetas’ Unexpected Heroes film putting on another stellar performance. It’s amazing what you can discover under a few wrinkles.
There are plenty of categories you can enter. Join in the love story and Sing for Good.
Creativity Australia has teamed up with Benetas, a leading aged care provider in Victoria, to bring you With One Voice Altona Meadows.
By Eloise Mahoney
With One Voice Brisbane choir deserves a medal. Conductor Cath Mundy, choir volunteers and members have been working tirelessly over the past month running their #JoinTheChorus crowd-funding campaign to get the everyone in the Brissy choir to Melbourne! Why, you ask?
Nestled on the sunny coast of Queensland they are not just a community choir, they are a family. They show up to weekly rehearsals, sing together, share supper and create a home away from home.
Every year the With One Voice (WOV) choirs from around Australia come together to perform at the Melbourne Town Hall at the With One BIG Voice concert. The event is a celebration of diversity, inclusion, community and joy where more than 400 voices sing together on one stage.
Unfortunately, WOV Brisbane could not join the other choirs on the big stage last year. But this year it will be different. This year they will join fellow WOV singers and experience the exhilaration, joy and sense of achievement gained from performing on stage.
So how do they fulfil this dream of making sure every choir member, regardless of their financial situation can sing in Melbourne?
The With One Voice program is a charity running on donations from choir members, the public, sponsorships and singing events including Sing for Good so it’s often difficult to gain extra funding to cover travel costs.
After the success of many other crowd-funding campaigns which feed off the generosity of strangers WOV Brisbane took the initiative to start their own pledge. The campaign titled #JoinTheChorus tells the story of the choirs dream to sing in Melbourne accompanied by a series of YouTube videos and personal stories from the members.
To fly each member to Melbourne the choir needs to raise $7,500 with the ultimate goal $12,500 to ensure everyone has a bed to sleep in each night.
Raising the set target seemed impossible at first. However, over the last month the pledges have been coming in steadily and finally, we are thrilled to announce they have reached their tipping point of $7,500! This means that they’ll receive the money, but still need more pledges to reach their ultimate goal by the closing date.
The journey is not over but the efforts by WOV Brisbane are outstanding.
Well done team.
Show your support and pledge as every donation big or small helps get Brissy to the Melbourne Town Hall!
By Eloise Mahoney
Imagine what the world would be like if everyone sang when they talked and danced when they walked. A world where we were all united through the pure joy of music. A world where ‘singclusion’ was actually a word and we all sang in perfect harmony.
Imagine waking up every day and instead of saying ‘Good Morning’ you begin belting out a bit of Wham! before you ‘go-go’ on your merry way. Crazy, I know, but one can only dream!
This utopian world where music is the universal language is a far-fetched dream for some. Like many, you may have been told you can’t sing. The reality hurts. Trust me, I can barely sing in tune!
And while we may never sound as dreamy as George Michael, we need to stand up and push past the ‘shushes’ from those demanding silence. Absolutely nothing is stopping you from stretching your vocal chords a little further than your shower or car.
One thing I have discovered from opening up my voice is that it’s good for you! Neuroscience has proven time and time again that singing – especially as a group – makes us happier, healthier, smarter and more creative.
Singing releases those little feel good endorphins you get from eating chocolate, but without the unwanted calories. Sounds like a diet for life if you ask me.
Not convinced yet? Let me introduce you to a group of do-gooders who are making the singclusion dream a reality. Playing for Change is a social movement inspiring and connecting everyone through music. They believe that music and song has the power to break down boundaries and make us more connected globally.
It is the vision of an ideal world, but its working! Just like Michael Jackson sang to Heal the World, Playing for Change are ‘gonna make a change, it feels real good… they’re gonna make a difference, gonna make it right…’
The Playing for Change movement was founded in 2002 by Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke when they hit the streets of America to sing with the soul shakers of the suburbs. Since then, the musical team has grown and they have been tirelessly globetrotting to record a series called “Songs Around The World”. Each musician is welcomed with open arms and hearts into the global music family.
A Playing for Change band was also created as a result of this journey, bringing the greatest musicians together through song. The band members come from all different countries and cultures, but the best part is they all speak the same language: music. It’s real life ‘singclusion’ happening right before our eyes.
“With music we are always working together – the musician and the audience create the shared experience. This is a great foundation to build social change”
– Playing for Change
Playing for Change is in tune with the message we hum for Sing for Good so it seemed fitting they enter our community singing challenge. Their video ‘Cotton Fields’ is an oldie by Huddie Ledbetter from the 1940s being played by Blind Boy Paxton, Luke Winslow King, Esther Rose, Takuya Kuroda and the California Feetwarmers.
It’s a toe-tapping folky performance that is bound to leave you with a smile from ear to ear and feel-good goosebumps all over! Watch the Playing for Change video here and donate or vote to show your support.
Playing for Change Day is taking place on 19 September 2015, where musicians and music lovers can gather together for a global day of action to help bring music into the lives of children and promote positive social change.
The day sees 400+ musical events take places in over 60 countries around the world with money raised go towards providing instruments and music inspiration to today’s youth. To support the day and get involved check out playingforchange.org
Are you ready to step out of the shower and master the new universal language?
You can also join us in Sing for Good and help us spread the singclusion movement. Simply enter a video, share it with friends and celebrate the power of the voice.