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At our 2018 Songfest at Cecil Sharp House, our longstanding member Michael gave a moving speech about his participation in Sing for Joy. Here’s what he said:

What the hell am I doing here?

Well, I suffer from Parkinson’s Disease. I do have a slight tremor – most, but by no means all sufferers do. Unfortunately, speech defects are almost equally common. So, I speak too quickly, slurring my words.  So I’m not understood.  And too quietly, so I’m not even heard.  Try talking with your head In a paper bag.  That’s how it feels and sounds.

 Now, an angel (I don’t remember which one) suggested singing was a good exercise for sufferers from Parkinson’s. So, that’s why I’m here. I’m learning to speak slowly.  Clearly.  And loudly.  And I have found my voice, too. I know I’m being pushed by Malmfrid but I am delighted with the results.

The sound of the choir is awesome.  My God, where did that sound come from?  Who me?  Even my mother, who loved me deeply, thought I couldn’t sing.  Can I sing in such-and-such key?  I can sing in any key.  And usually do. But, as Steve Jobs used to say before introducing the world to some insanely great life-changing gadget (think iPod, iPad, iPhone): Just one more thing!

Many, many Parkinson sufferers also suffer from depression. I might look and sound OK but there’s a real nasty snake-pit somewhere inside me, however much the sun is shining outside.  Sing for Joy is a real help; a real tonic. So, much, much more important.  I reckon Sing for Joy is the best support group around! I arrive on Tuesday evening tense, tired and down.  I leave on Cloud 9 and I really, really don’t know why.  And I don’t think I’m the only one to get this buzz. One small clue to what’s going on.  Parkinson’s leaves my joints stiff, so putting on my overcoat is a challenge.  Without fail, someone asks: Can I help?  Without fail!

It’s great, I love SfJ and I cannot recommend it too highly, whether Parkinson’s sufferer or not. Join now and avoid the rush.

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