What a wonderful world we live in, that even when we are unable to venture much past the bottom of our own driveways due to a pandemic with seemingly no end (or at least, that’s how it feels some days…!), that I can see so many people celebrating the 75th anniversary of VE Day. We live near a main road, with flats opposite, and I can see so much bunting and banners; hopping on Facebook, I have watched many people performing for their streets this afternoon already!
It’s 75 years since the sound of gunfire ceased, marking the end of the Second World War, and it amazes me yearly that we are still so determined to celebrate this special day. It’s particularly poignant within care homes, where I perform a lot, as many of the residents were young children during the war, and may remember friends and family lost in the battle.
Sing As We Go – What we have done today
Above: my performance of Sing As We Go by Gracie Fields
I decided to mark the occasion by recording three wonderful war time songs, and I’ve been posting them throughout the day on the Full Beam Shows in Homes Facebook page. I chose two Vera Lynn numbers – We’ll Meet Again and (There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover, plus a Gracie Fields classic, Sing As We Go, to get everybody hopefully joining in! It was wonderful to record them, they’re such lovely songs to sing, especially Gracie Fields, who suits my voice due to her high notes! My husband and I are luck to have a studio which we have decked out for filming – in fact, the reason why I’m not able to sing live outside today to our street, is because I’m in the studio all day, teaching live on Zoom to my dance school, One Dance Academy. It’s a busy time, despite being indoors!
Head over to my Media page to see the other videos which were recorded for today.