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A Song for Us celebrates our communities and the power of music to bring us together. Premiering online as part of a national music project marking this historic time, Brighton band Normanton Street are creating a new song inspired by the people of East Sussex, featuring Bobbie Johnson, AFLO. the poet and Varndean School Choirs. Watch the online premiere on our website.
The new song, The Last Time I Held You, explores local feelings about Covid-19 and the lockdown. The verses see rapper Bobbie Johnson and poet AFLO. the poet explore the feelings of loss, loneliness, worry and hope that the people of Sussex felt during lockdown. The chorus sees vocalist Phoebe Freya longing to hold loved ones again, singing alongside Varndean School Choirs.
A nationwide project, A Song for Us commissions leading music creators across genres to write new songs inspired by the people of their county. These commissioned songs form part of a growing music map of the country to mark this historic time.
Help create the map! Budding songsmiths are invited to upload their own songs to asongforus.org. Or anyone can simply share a favourite song that holds special meaning at this time. So far over 600 people from Penzance to Inverness, and even Nigeria, have shared a vast range of songs including 85% original songs. From what it's like to be a teenager at this time, to the power of music to make us smile; a thank from a 90 year old to his exercise instructor, to dreaming of a future of hugging.
A Song for Us celebrates creativity in everyone; whether performing, composing, or listening.