Lancashire musician Steve pens song of positivity for the New Year
A Preston musician is sharing a song of hope for New Year 2021.
Steve Brown from Longridge has released New Year Blessings as "a message of hope" as we continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
The 39-year-old said: "I hope that people take hope from it, we've had plenty of negatives in the past year".
The song, which he sings with his seven-year-daughter Isla, took around two years to complete, and focuses on celebrating good times, recognising what's gone, and sharing moments with loved ones.
He said: "I wrote the lyrics about two years ago, and the music was written well before that as an instrumental. I listed to the introduction again and to me it sounded like frost and ice, so it inspired me to write the lyrics.
"It was timely to bring it out now as the lyrics will match a lot of people's sentiments."
The video for the song was recorded in early December at Holden Clough Nursery near Clitheroe by a filmmaker friend of Steve's.
He said: "It took about an hour to film, and the location was just beautiful. There's slow-motion in the video and the funny thing is, for slow-motion you have to record it at double-speed, then slow it down. So I had to perform it doubly quick, but It was bitterly cold and I couldn't move my fingers properly."
Steve, who also has a 10-year-old son called Jacob, works in education across Lancashire, and is 'composer in residence' for schools including Barnacre Road Primary School in Longridge, Springhill Primary School in Accrington, and Whitefield Infact School in Nelson.
He also has a Facebook page called Making Music, which contains songs for children, picking up on parts of the curriculum and local history.
Steve started making the videos during the first national lockdown to ensure children could carry on engaging with and learning about music in a fun, accessible way. Since then it has grown to achieve more than 8,000 likes.
Steve said: "The Making Music videos are silly and it's about developing a child - or an adult's - love of music.
"Music tends to be thought of as an add-on, but for me, it's integral to a child's development. It's not just about learning to play an instrument, it's about expressing yourself and learning about emotional wellbeing.
"I always say that music is with you throughout life. It's there when you're born, when you die, when it's your birthday, when you're shopping. To me, we should be sharing the enjoyment of music in as many ways as possible,"
New Year Blessings is from a new album Steve is releasing, entitled The Wild Frontier. For more information, click here