Let Summer Come
In the summer of 2017 Newark Mind was successful in obtaining funding through The Lottery to partner with SCNmedia Nottinghamshire. Together they developed a flexible creative working model of recovery from mental health issues by working closely with professional musicians and industry standard equipment to produce an album of original lyrics and music.
The project involved creative song writing sessions reflecting on experiences of mental health side-on using music to tell a story. The result is 'Let Summer Come', a unique collection of twelve original and engaging tracks inspired by the experiences of those who know what it's like living day to day with a mental health difficulty.
Words From Shirley Novak
Poems and words written by people to describe their journeys with mental health issues have been used for an inspiring and moving album, Let Summer Come.
As part of the project creative writing workshops were led by Emily Dalton encouraging service users to draw on their experiences.
To help they focused on the four seasons — winter, which can be cold and long; spring, which is more hopeful and people are beginning to feel better; summer, with warmer weather and people are getting more out of life, and then autumn — still pretty but knowing that winter will follow.
“Each person who accesses the services at Newark Mind has a unique and moving story around their journey through mental health,” Shirley said.
“This has been beautifully documented in the album.”
Fellow musician Caroline Bonnett worked with Shirley on the project as a co-producer.
The album, made at Superfly Recording Studio, Ollerton, features 12 original tracks with a mixture of country, rock, blues classic, dance and anthem.
There are five songs along with instrumental tracks featuring a poem often read by the person who wrote it.