Music for Dementia has brought together Paul Harvey and Aled Jones to launch a heart-warming, festive song ‘Christmas Isn’t Just Another Day.’
2021 has been another magical year for 81-year-old Paul Harvey who captured the nation’s hearts on BBC Breakfast with his Four Notes improvisation. Paul, who lives with dementia, is now set to end the year on a musical high with the launch of Christmas Isn’t Just Another Day, a poignant new Christmas song he has specially composed for Music for Dementia with his son Nick, featuring Aled Jones on vocals.
The collaboration is to raise awareness of Music for Dementia’s m4d Radio, a group of five themed radio streams playing a daily mix and era-specific music, specifically designed for people living with dementia, their loved ones and carers.
The song will be available to download free of charge at m4d Radio until Tuesday 4th January 2022 to help raise awareness of the specialist radio station.
Campaign Director at Music for Dementia, Grace Meadows said, ‘Christmas Isn’t Just Another Day is a warm and moving song, with Paul’s personality shining through. We’re sure it will delight everyone who listens to it this festive season, particularly those people who love what Paul and Aled do. Music has the power to create beautiful moments of togetherness, to enliven, stimulate and enable people to express themselves. We really hope this new song will do this and more, regardless of whether they have experience of dementia or not.’
Commenting on the collaboration, Paul Harvey said, ‘Writing a new Christmas song isn’t as easy as you might think – there’s a lot of expectation that comes with it, but I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge working alongside my son Nick. From the start I wanted to team up with Aled Jones on this project. He has a wonderful voice. And he brings back fond Christmas memories!’
Aled Jones, who has followed Paul’s inspiring story from his first TV appearance, added, ‘I recall the first moment I saw Paul Harvey on TV. Like others, I was blown away by his talent. His story remains one of the most positive rays of light during lockdown. I jumped at the chance to work with him, and to raise awareness of m4d Radio, which I’ve supported in the past. Music has been a huge part of my life - I believe it has healing powers. We just need to look to Paul to see how transformative it can be.’
m4d Radio can be found online and plays 24/7 and is free for everyone to use. It has five themed music streams to choose from, the 1930s and 1940s, the 1950s, the 1960s, the 1970s and m4d Mix. Listeners can tune in via any internet-enabled device including Amazon Alexa and they can also listen again to selected playlists using the unique newly-launched ‘Build your own playlist’ feature.
The platform won the Dementia Care Award at the Markel 3rd Sector Care Awards in Dec 2020, where the judges praised it for delivering reach and impact at a national level. It also won the Outstanding Arts and Creativity in Dementia Care Award at the National Dementia Care Awards 2020.