Coventry Music Museum Curator Pete Chambers BEM writes for the Observer.
Well done Debbie Hill and Karen Jones who have after four years have finally got the green light from the branding department at Girlguiding to use the very unique 2-Tone Challenge badge!
We at the music museum have worked closely with these very creative ladies and now Guides can learn all about the 2-Tone genre by performing various Ska related tasks. These are Fun quizzes and challenges based on the 2-Tone music scene. Design an outfit, visit the Music Museum or others close by, choose your favourite song, write an article for the newspaper (all for fun).
There are word searches, colouring tasks and fashion shows aiming at the younger age groups.
The badge is aimed at Rainbows aged five years up to Brownies aged seven years and Guides aged 10 then senior section 14 years and adult leaders. Though Scouts and other organisations and public are welcome to take part. Badges will be available to be purchased from the 2-Tone Village.
Debora of Wyken District GirlGuiding said of the badge: ”I am very excited, at long last, that we have come so far in the creation of this special badge.
“We are all 2-tone fans and very proud of the City of Coventry.”
This is of course, a perfect way of keeping the 2-Tone /Coventry legacy alive, not just educating our next generation on local music, but actually getting them involved in a positive way, a perfect learning tool. It’s very exciting especially in City of Culture year.
The Session front man Dean McDonald has a new single out entitled ‘Unbounded’. Yet another gem, full of atmosphere and that trademark build that turns good songs into superb songs.
Dean said of the song: “I wrote this song and recorded it in the second lockdown (which I think most people probably found harder than the first one, I know I did).
“I recorded at 14 Records in Leamington, which is the hub for recording albums with my band The Session.
“I penned it as some kind of open love letter to my wife, I suppose it’s about the vulnerability of life and the not knowing of our fate, not in any way an insecure way but I’m a great believer that our lives are mapped out but we are obviously the last to know about it.
“The song is in two parts. I’m kind of saying to her that fate is unforeseen but until the end then I’m always there for her.
“The song starts very sombre but it turns a corner swiftly.
“I’ve tried to be joyous with the shifting patterns of the second part of the song, it’s like spring has arrived on those parts of the music and I’m embracing the future we have together.
“I worship her but not in an unhealthy way because she loves me too.
“She really is the keeper of my destiny and I’ve just found a way to say in a song that’s all.
“I found this song very easy to write because I meant every word of it.
Some songs arrive out of the sky that are already written for any writer and his is one of those.”
Unbounded was released on July 29, on behalf of CD baby publications through tidal, Pandora, Amazon music, Apple Music, Spotify and many more streaming platforms.