Reg Meuross - SHINE ON
As the news reels and press conferences continue to bring us terrible stories from across the world, one glimmer of hope that shines on is that, as society changes, community remains.
From the singing balconies of Italy, to the claps, pots and pans ringing out across the UK each Thursday evening, the ability of the human spirit to endure can lift the darkest of glooms, and with that message close to its core comes Reg Meuross’s new song Shine On which will be released as a single on May 1st.
“Reflecting on our current situation and how the Corona Pandemic will be seen as hugely significant and world-altering, I felt a desire to write.” says the renowned songwriter.
“I thought in particular about the health workers, who are working beyond the call of duty and about the urgent need for global realisation of their true worth. There is such a need now for all of us to pull our weight, to be responsible and kind, to observe guidelines and still to shine in the darkness, to inspire, and encourage and support each other”
Accustomed to bringing people together in the folk and music clubs across the land, it was inevitable that, even under lockdown conditions, Reg would find a way to create community through the power of song.
As you’d expect from the man who wrote Faraway People, We Looked Away and Angel in a Blue Dress (featured on BBC Radio 6’s Saluting Key Workers playlist), Shine On carries a strong message of not forgetting the ‘fragile and the weak’, of ‘city lords making laws’ and nations ‘falling to their knees’ but ends by encouraging us to ‘shine on - like the spirit of mankind’.
Created through remote collaboration with past and present collaborators from Devon to Scotland, and embodying a truly DIY ethos, the song and accompanying video provide a shining light in the current darkness and a reminder that we can produce something of worth by pulling together, whilst also not shying away from the reality of the Covid-19 situation.
Although an extensive spring and summer tour in support of recent album RAW has been postponed, Reg is still managing to maintain the connection with his loyal fan base through a successful Patreon channel and regular ‘Lockdown Jukebox’ sessions available on his Facebook page, where Reg brings a taste of the communal spirit of a live performance to the online community.
With the immediate future still uncertain, Reg Meuross, described as “assured a place in the pantheon of great folk songwriters of our time” (The Living Tradition) can always be relied upon to bring a little light into the world when it is needed and, with Shine On, he hopes to do just that.
Stay safe. Protect the NHS. Save lives. Shine On.
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Special thanks to the nursing staff at the Chest Clinic, Royal Preston Hospital
Song written and performed by Reg Meuross
Additional vocals Harbottle & Jonas
Cello: Bethany Porter
Violin and viola: Marion Fleetwood
Bass and Cuatro: Vince Iddon
Music and video production: Moth Wing Music mothwingmusic.com
Conception and inspiration: Katie Whitehouse fromthewhitehouse.com
- Folk & Singer-Songwriter