Josie Moon

Poet, Musician and Educator

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A Fish Tale- For Juniors

This week sees the official release of A Fish Tale – A Story and Song for Children.  This is the little sister project to the major A Fish Tale  Jazz and Poetry tour.  This work has been undertaken in partnership with Gill Wilde at Grimsby Jazz and Sue Baker at the NEL Music Hub.  This Spring the creative team has delivered sixteen workshops for primary school children in NE Lincs.

Today we came together with 700 children, a fabulous band and conductor and performed the story and music live to an audience of rapt parents, grandparents and guests. What a joy.  All of this work was made possible thanks to an Arts Council grant and has been money well spent on a worthwhile and hugely enjoyable piece of work.

We now have a wonderful book for sale; a photocopiable resource including the whole story, the songs, lyrics and music and a CD to accompany.  This is available to order directly from me by emailing msjosiemoon@gmail.com  

Josie and book

The book is £20 plus £1.50 p&p.  This is a resource that can be used by children’s groups, schools, community groups, libraries and choirs and incorporates local history and myth as well as having fantastically singable songs.

I have to say a big thank you to my partner and co-writer in this project, Pat McCarthy who is a consummate composer and sympathetic arranger for voices. You can catch us out on tour with Alan Barnes and the orchestra across the country and also look out for McCarthy  and Moon gigs coming very soon.

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Buy the CD: Fish Tales

A Jazz Suite by Alan Barnes and Pat McCarthy – Artwork by Dale Mackie and Poetry written and performed by Josie Moon.

The CD is now available from http://www.woodvillerecords.com/FishTales.htm 

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Singing for Life: the joy of singing!

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Singing for Life on Grimsby Top Town Market April 2017

There is nothing like a good sing.  All singers know this. They know that singing either solo or with others has enormous benefits. Thanks are due to Gareth Malone, whose popularising of the joys of choral singing has led to a remarkable renaissance in the UK and elsewhere of community choirs.

Having started a community  choir in January, 2016  that is going from strength to strength, I have been humbled by what I have witnessed over the past year and a half.  During the first few weeks, I was shocked by the numbers of people who told me they could not sing. It was the first thing many of them said as they walked through the door. What I found heartbreaking was that many of these people had been told at school, by teachers when they were six or seven years old that they couldn’t sing. They, of course, believed this and shut themselves down as singers at a tender age. How devastating. There are many things that six and seven year olds can’t do, or can’t do very well and that is because they are children and they are developing. What entitles anyone to tell a child they can’t do something, especially something like singing which is something everyone can do?

I firmly believe that everyone can sing; that everyone has a voice. It might not be a strong voice or a voice that can range very far or a voice that has great tonal variety. But a voice it is and it is everyone’s right to use it to the best of their individual ability to make music in the most accessible and democratic way of all. Our voice is our unique musical instrument. We carry it with us everywhere we go and it can be used in all sorts of exciting and unique ways to create music and to express ourselves.

What I have witnessed since the choir’s inception in January is a group of people, many of who initially lacked faith in themselves and their abilities, making a glorious sound, week in week out. They sing with passion, verve, humour and conviction and it is an honour to lead them in song. I am sure my experience is not unique and that it is a story replicated in many places where such choirs have sprung up in recent times.  

Singing has so many proven benefits it should be available on prescription. It can help overcome anxiety, depression and insomnia. It can help overcome shyness and social anxiety as people get together and sing in groups, sharing in music making but not having to stand alone in the spotlight. Singing can help alleviate respiratory problems like asthma and can increase flow of oxygen to the blood vessels and brain.  It is a joyful and invaluable enterprise that should only be encouraged.

As part of my practice I offer one-to-one and small group singing lessons. This singing for well being is designed to enable adults to find their voices and learn techniques to help them get the very best from their voice. My sessions are ideal for beginners and singers who wish to sing for joy rather than for public performance or exams. Click here to contact me on the website for more information.

Long may we sing and also may we get into the habit of not telling people that they can’t!

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Buy Josie Moon’s book of poetry – “A Fish Tale”

‘A Fish Tale’, the poetry collection is now available to buy as an attractive, limited edition pamphlet. Make your order via the secure Paypal link on the contact page.