A Letterkenny school community was really thinking outside the box when they worked together to record a song remotely from home.
The pupils of Lurgybrack NS have proudly released a new song ‘Stay At Home’, which shares an uplifting message during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Written and co-ordinated by music teacher Brighdin Carr, the song was recorded on mobiles with students hiding in hot presses and utility rooms for the best acoustics. Many more pupils contributed by sending in artwork and pictures from their activities at home.
Ms Carr said the aim of the project was to create a positive aspect to home-schooling at this worrying time.
“It struck me that so many young people need to have their voices heard too, and that the majority of these youngsters really do want to make a difference and get through to other young people just how important it is to them that they choose to stay at home, for the greater good,” she said.
“They don’t need to worry or be anxious about academic scores, extra book-work and the normal curriculum during these troubling times. That time to shine will come again.
“Instead, our young people need each other, their families, a sense of security, love and the time to seize the opportunity to create new memories at home.”
Social distancing guidelines didn’t stop the project from being a success. The students embraced the challenge and learned how to download a recording app, use two phones, acquire headphones and disappear into the hotpress to record a couple of lines of the song and harmonies to send to the school.
Terry McGinty of Finn Valley Music Studio worked behind closed doors to combine all the elements into a quality song.
The mammoth task was completed in just four days with the help of the entire school management team, Ms Carr said.
“I am blessed to work with such positive, talented, versatile people. I have had many occasions to be proud of the children of Lurgybrack over many many years, but this is definitely one of the most emotional, roller-coaster experiences of my entire career.”
Ms Carr has issued a huge thank you to everyone who got involved and to the ‘superstar’ children of Lurgybrack who are sharing this message of hope.