Making music can be positive, life-affirming, even spiritual. Having been homeless myself when I was young, I know that it’s often the opposite of those things. That’s why I was keen to help out with a new idea at ‘Under 1 Roof’, the Training Centre for people “in housing need” in Norwich.
So last Sunday I got together with a team of homeless musicians, and spent the afternoon playing.
We worked on the Rolling Stones classic ‘Gimme Shelter’, which almost certainly isn’t about homelessness, but has a killer groove, and suits itself to an informal group like ours.
We had a fantastic afternoon, and I really hope we can make it a regular event. It was a credit to the staff at Under 1 Roof, who do great work helping homeless people get back on track.