Song4Harrisons

Our Charity Single - Lay Your Head on Me

 We are proud to announce the release of our Charity Single “Lay Your Head On Me” on Saturday the 18th of November 2017. 

 The song was written for Harrison’s Fund, a charity aiming to raise awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and to support research into finding a cure for this fatal disorder that affects thousands of children in the UK. 

The story behind the song

 

In 2014 two brothers, Oskar and Theo, then 3 and 1 years old, were diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a fatal genetic disorder that affects children around the world. The diagnosis means that the two boys will probably die in their late teens or early twenties. Their aunt, Ros Sandhu, who at the time was a member of the Alive & Kickin’ Community Choir Brecon, told the choir leader Tanya Walker about her brother’s two little boys. When Ros started to arrange fundraising events in aid of Harrison’s Fund – a charity that raises money towards the research into a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – Tanya and the choir felt that they had to do something to help, so they chose Harrison’s Fund as the choir’s personal charity.

Donations for the Fund were collected at choir performances but the choir members felt that more could be done. Tanya came up with the idea of writing a song for Harrison’s Fund and donating all the sales proceeds to the Fund. It wasn’t an easy task, composing a song about such a sensitive subject, but after a few months, Tanya had written a powerful, life-affirming piece of music. It tells the story of a young man who, on becoming a father, realizes what love really is and how deep and unconditional it can be. He discovers that his son has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy but tells him “Lay your head on me, I am there for you. We don’t have much time, but we will make the most of the now.”

Off to the recording studio

 

The music producer Gary White recorded Tanya’s lead vocals in his studio in Abergavenny and the choir singing backing vocals at their rehearsal place, the Muse in Brecon. It was decided that a video was needed to promote the song and at the same time raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Harrison’s Fund. The choir collected donations at performances but it wasn’t enough to cover the total cost. So, the choir started to think of different ways to raise money.

In April 2017 choir member Clare Wright set off with her husband Michael on an epic 8-day Pedalthon – on land by bike and on water by pedalo – across Scotland. They raised £570 towards the recording and the video, plus an additional £800, that went directly to Harrison’s Fund. Other members held raffles and organized a pub quiz to raise further funds. Finally, in July 2017 choir member Jonathan Morgan made a personal donation of £500.



Filming the Video

With help from director and TV producer Alan Golding and cameraman and editor Matthew Dentus, the video for the song was filmed in and around Brecon. It features Tanya Walker and members of the Alive & Kickin’ Community Choir and like the song tells the story of a young man falling in love but only realizing how deep love can really be when he and his partner have a child. It shows the moment of diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and the young father’s fear of losing his little boy. At the same time, it demonstrates the unity and power of a group of people working together to help the fight to find a cure for this terrible disease.

The video is available on YouTube and Facebook. It is hoped that it will help raise awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and guide viewers to a website where the MP3 can be downloaded, all the proceeds of which will go to Harrison’s Fund.