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Thread #57244   Message #1457077
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
10-Apr-05 - 10:19 AM
Thread Name: songs about disabilities
Subject: RE: songs about disabilities
I wrote two songs for my first album about my experience as a carer.

my wife became diasbled with rheumatoid arthritis when we were both in our mid twenties. she sang both songs, although she wasn't very fond of them, as songs - we had had a hit record singing together a few years earlier..

I was in my late thirties at the time of the album. The situation with arthur had cost us our careers as teachers and much else, and to be honest I just didn't feel that I could leave the subject out in something that was attempting a degree of self expression.

That wheelchair bound lady who was always on telly at one point playing a saxophone slagged us off in Disability Now.

Eventually I was offered a folk club gig, but the organiser told me afterwards that the subject of dsability made his audience uncomfortable - so it was back to jolly ploughboys and the infinitely more cosy horrors of the world war one, for them.

After that, I gave up any hope of addressing the issue - the middle class folk club audience just weren't ready for it.

Anyway if anyones interested I still have the album on cassette, and I'll send anybody who wants one, a copy. Free of course - gave up on that one a LONG time ago.
all the best

Big Al Whittle