The songs we sing in Companion Voices are carefully and lovingly chosen, with the aim of bringing a sense of peace, comfort and support to our listeners.
I am a river flowing to the ocean
I am a river passing through this land…
~ Song by Nickomo
Songs are drawn from many different cultures and traditions and we often sing in languages that won’t be known to our listeners, so they can relax to the gentle tones and syllables without having to engage with their meaning. Our repertoire includes lullabies and chants, old and recently-composed pieces. Songs in English bring messages of kindness and spiritual serenity.
People often ask whether we sing songs that have been meaningful to our listeners during their lives; this can be done at times – depending on the song, listeners, situation, singers and so on. Mostly we feel that our purpose is to help people move forward from life and that familiar sounds might have the effect of drawing them back. Every case is different and every time we sing is unique.
A selection of the songs we sing in Companion Voices is available to hear online:
While we have not been able to sing at bedsides, we’ve been sharing our full Companion Voices CD here for anyone to download. We’ve chosen to make this a permanent change despite hoping to resume bedside visits – with all necessary care and precautions – when restrictions are eased. These songs were recorded by our founder, Judith Silver, in 2017. We’re also offering songs recorded virtually by a group of Companions in the summer of 2020 on our Home Page. We sincerely hope that listening to these voices from the heart has been able to provide some comfort and will continue to do so.
Here’s a link to a version of our song ‘Companions’, written by Judith Silver, recorded by Judith and Companions from various local groups on Zoom in the summer of 2020.
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