ABBA song reworded to celebrate ALL keyworkers.

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A local singing group has created a superb reworking of Abba’s “Thank you for the Music” to sing the praises of all the key workers helping us get through this troubling time.

Sophie Juge is a locally based piano and singing teacher, and one of her choir members had an idea to thank all key workers, including the less visible ones, by rewriting the lyrics to Abba’s song.  The resulting music video was created from 35 phone recordings of 35 stay at home singers from Marlow and the surrounding area.

The revised lyrics list many different key workers, and proclaims “Thank You For Your Service”. The video has had great feedback on social media from key workers including NHS, Prison workers and Teachers, and at MyMarlow we are happy to do our bit to help spread the song – to thank more people and make more people smile! 

Samantha Hobbs , the choir member who came up with the idea told us: “I was thinking about the NHS and that made me think of all the other keyworkers who tend to fall below the radar. I was planning a Facebook message where perhaps people could add to the list of keyworkers and share, when the title ‘unsung heroes’ came to mind. So why not sing them?

Samantha and Nikki Kenward chose ABBA’s song ‘Thank you for the music’ and the pair reworked the lyrics into a first draft, then refined by Sophie and her partner Lee. Choir members and Sophie’s pupils were then encouraged to record themselves singing it (alone, at home), and the 35 videos were then pulled together for the final edit.

Samantha also told us “We all had great fun doing this and are very proud of the result but we haven’t lost sight of the original aim – to get people to think about and thank ALL keyworkers especially those in less visible jobs.” 

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending over 2 decades doing this!

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