Today #BealtaineAtHome2021 sees the release of Where Everything is Music.
Composer and Violinist, Justin Grounds, took to the phone as well as letter writing for his part in ‘Bringing Art Home’ to share the hope that can come from reading, sharing and listening to poems. ‘Where Everything is Music’ is a series of favourite poems recorded from people’s homes with musical accompaniment.
Throughout the lockdown period it has been poems that have kept me nourished. Of course, I’ve been drinking tea and eating bread and butter and jam and greens, but I’ve also found the time and the isolation have gently led me back into words and the music they carry silently inside them. As Ocean Vuong says, language can “begin and end in the body. Language is something we carry.”
Participant Eleanor O’Driscoll expresses her participation experience in poetic terms
Yes, Yes….I can feel a New Vitality
The ‘Invite’ reawakened a ‘Sense of Creativity’
Revitalised my desire to ‘inspire’
Put a ‘zip in my step’ and a new ‘lilt ‘to my voice again
Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
‘Bringing Art Home’ is an Arts for Health initiative that uses the postal service to connect artists with day care participants isolating at home during the COVID 19 pandemic, with each artist sharing their own specific creative expertise in music, poetry or visual arts to the project.