Care home songs and fun for serious times
Colten Care's "Hands, Face and Space" catches the spirit of Covid prevention
‘Hands, Face and Space’ is an original song written by Sam Hurst, Companionship Team Member at Colten Care’s Sturminster Newton home, Newstone House.
In a video posted on YouTube, Sam sings and plays guitar as two colleagues and three residents sing and perform dance moves to the tune.
The lyrics include lines such as ‘Wash your hands, don’t touch your face, leave some space’, ‘We know what to do, you’ve got to leave some room’ and ‘We’ve got to see what we can do to save us from all this doom and gloom’.
Sam, whose musical interests include hip hop and R&B, said: “We had been planning a Newstone House variety show and our kitchen colleagues suggested we should perform a song about Coronavirus. We wanted to make it all a bit of fun and involve residents, and then the idea of filming a video came up. It was lovely to do.”
Sam has had a connection with Newstone House for more than five years, originally doing weekend waitering shifts.
He joined the Companionship Team at the end of 2020 having studied music at both Wiltshire College in Salisbury and the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
He says his new role is ideal, adding: “I really wanted a job that would involve me in doing music and I love working with the residents to help make their day a little brighter.”
Sam created the music mix on a laptop, using production software to play in drums, bass and keyboard alongside the vocals and guitar.
He was helped by Fiona Pritchard, Colten Care’s Music and Arts Partner, who offered lyric suggestions, devised choreography and did the filming.
Resident Linda Porter, who appears in the video, said: “We really enjoyed taking part, singing along to the song and doing all the hand movements. It was great to be involved.”
Sam is one of 18 new recruits to the group-wide Companionship Team at Colten Care under an initiative to offer more support to residents during lockdown.
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