#TwitterDisco needs yoU…

A humongous thank-you to those who joined us for #Music4McR last night. It felt very special and really quite emotional from where I was sitting.

At the risk of achieving #TwitterDisco overload…our live performance on Sunday 9th July at The BridgeWater Hall is looming and we need help from our Discoteers.

Our #TramTracks song is written & recorded [cringe] but we need…

(1) …as many of you as possible to learn our song and then come & join us on stage to sing it somewhat raucously. AnD it goes without saying that there will simply have to be an after show celebration!

(2)…for those of you who can’t join us on stage…we want you to learn the chorus or a teensy bit of rap [we have a middle 8 and eveRything] & then record yourself singing it on camera…a phone or computer will be fine. We are going to make a film that will be played [without sound, which may reassure you, or not] behind us as we perform on stage. Think Perfect Day & Children in Need meets #TwitterDisco Chaos! Feel free to go biG on t’costume front.

[WARNING: you will need a doctor’s note to be excused from option 1 but choosing 1 aNd 2 is alLowed].

Please DM me, Louise or John if you’re in & we will email further destructions. At the very least, you’ll get to fall off your chair laughing at our singing accomplishments!

Happy Saturday,

Louise, John & Ruth

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#TwitterDisco does #Music4McR

Since our last blog, further shocking events have occurred, and it is important to say that our thoughts and hearts go out to everyone in London following the awful attacks there.

We live in extremely difficult times and, as such, it feels hard to plan more than a day ahead at the moment. But, all things being equal, we hope that, as previously mooted, we will be able to share some Manchester tunes amongst our Twitter friends tomorrow night from 9pm. Contrary to earlier messages, a 10.30pm finish seems highly unlikely given the plethora of fab music that Manchester can call its own so, we’ll keep going until we feel like stopping!

A few things to know…

So we can Storify our outing, we’d like you to use both of the # in this title…#TwitterDisco #Music4McR  [a really big thanks to @jomwlever for the latter #].

Although the We Love Manchester fund has already done amazingly well, & probably won’t notice our little drop in the ocean, if you haven’t already, we’d love it if folk who join us consider donating via Vanessa’s Health & Care Community just giving site… https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Vanessa-Garrity or directly to The Red Cross.

We have a playlist that we have collated from all your suggestions so far but feel free to curate a few ‘sharers’ of your own for on the night.

Most importantly, we’d love to hear your messages of solidarity, support and care for all those affected by the bomb and its aftermath. We aspire to an atmosphere of togetherness and healing, particularly for those of our Manchester colleagues who will be joining us… ‘caring for those that care‘.

We’re looking forward to spending time with you all again.

#TwitterDisco…fundraising for Manchester?

My love for my home city is well documented and I have shared in my city’s devastation during the aftermath of the terrorist attack that has taken lives and left many injured. My thoughts, since I learned of the events on the evening of the 22nd May, have been with the families and friends who have lost loved ones, those injured, the emergency services who responded on the night itself, and throughout the subsequent days, and with my colleagues who continue to care for patients despite their own traumatic reactions to the work they have under-taken.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack, we have been asked to consider using #TwitterDisco as a vehicle for support and fund-raising. In light of the life-changing events that have befallen so many, I remain in two minds about whether a disco is an appropriate vehicle for this. However, in view of the fact that so many people have turned to music to soothe their way through these darks days, I am prepared for us to consider a way in which #TwitterDisco might be able to contribute to the overall sum of money that the Red Cross hopes & needs to raise through its ‘We Love Manchester’ emergency fund.

Whilst thinking this through, I have taken advice from trusted friends & colleagues, including those directly involved in the care of the many patients who remain within our hospitals. Their counsel and advice have been necessary and welcome. If we are to do this, we must get it right.

To quote from a wise source… “what I would like to see from #Twitterdisco is a night of ‘healing’ – the power of music to heal in an inclusive and broad sense. Great if you can help raise some cash that will help heal”.

And so…John, Louise & I tentatively propose that we run an evening of Manchester Music on Friday 9th June between 9 & 10.30pm with the express purpose of raising funds for this important cause. The tone will need to be different to our usual outings but I do wonder whether we can create a powerful narrative within our tweets to offer support for those who are hurting. This does not deviate from our usual motivations [‘caring for those that care‘]; rather, it is complementary to what we already aspire to achieve.

Should we go ahead, I would suggest that we have a set playlist and ask those who participate to donate on the night. By re-working our usual format, we could hope to offer our thoughts and condolensces to those so deeply affected by this horrific event and offer the start of a healing process for those who are providing care. We would have a chance to demonstrate our soldarity…sharing & seeking support. Most importantly, we could add to the fundraising process in a way that we already know works well. We would, however, need to be vigilant to remaining respectful throughout our ‘broadcast’.

Given my uncertainty, I am very willing to listen to dissent. If this is a terrible idea, we will not proceed but will think of another way to represent our support in due course. We are a virtual community that operates with no walls so please do add your opinion to whether this goes ahead or not.

If the general consensus is to hold an event, then we will. If not, we will ‘see’ you all for our #TwitterDisco ‘in support of BBC Music Day’ on Friday 16th June at 9pm.

We also have some further news & an ‘ask’ to share but will release details of this a little further down the line.

With a sad heart & very best wishes,

Ruth