It was a very big ask. The local Schools Music Service wanted Dawn - my wife and writing partner - and I to write a special "Teesdale" song to be performed at "The Big Sing", an annual event where primary school children from the dale where we live joined together to give a concert to hundreds of parents and friends. (Read more.)
I recorded a "backing track" of the song and the CD was handed around the schools, some with fewer than 20 pupils. For the two concerts, two music teachers joined me to accompany the kids and the song was a great success. Since then, the song has been used by Teesdale Church groups and by one school celebrating a special anniversary.
I also re-recorded the song solo so that I could include it on my Love & Hope.
Video released : November 14, 2009. © 2009, John D. Lewis/Dawn M. Lewis/Coquet Shack (PRS/BMI/PPL).