Following on from our wittering about Carpool, we feel that The Songaminute Man may be challenging James Cordon to the Carpool crown!
Internet sensation Simon and Ted McDermott have been filmed driving the streets of Lancashire singing big hits numbers such as Volare and Quando, Ouando, Ouando. The father and son duo have filmed themselves in the car whilst going about their everyday duties.
Whilst the vocals are lovely, there is an even lovelier story to be heard. 79 year old Ted McDermott was diagnosed with dementia in 2013. He had enjoyed a long career as an entertainer, working in the pubs and clubs and even as a Redcoat at Butlins.
Whilst remembering things which may have happened a few moments ago is a challenge for Ted, the lyrics to many big band numbers never fail him.
Simon McDermott had linked his father’s YouTube videos to a Just Giving Page online, expecting to raise funds somewhere in the region of £500! So far the duo have raised over £50,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Donations have come from far and wide including Argentina.
Whilst the idea will undoubtedly warm the hearts of many, there is also another lesson to learn.
It has long been know that music has the ability to be used as therapy for a whole range of issues. Firsthand, we can see how music changes this gentleman. His son has reported that the dementia has sadly caused his father to have outbursts of anger and frustration, yet once he sings, it is the father he has always known.
Music is an important factor of everyday life for many people. Some rely on music to get through the commute to work on a grey drizzly December morning whilst others use music for motivation in the gym. Music is mood. It makes us happy, it makes us sad.
Different genres are music are known to have different effects. For example classical music has been found to cause comfort and relaxation whilst rock music may lead to the opposite.
Back to Ted and Simon, their efforts to raise more awareness for dementia and indeed to raise funds are not yet over, with plans to record more videos and even plans for Ted to do a guest appearance with a band.