November 16, 2019

Is there space for Music under Glasgow?

Ruby McCann, 55

Listening to music can benefit overall well-being, help regulate emotions, and create happiness and relaxation in everyday life. Musicians say that busking is the best musical education you can get forcing you to elevate your skill. My poem, Homespun, was inspired by a subway journey on Glasgow’s underground, the Clockwork Orange. I believe access to different performance opportunities and spaces can provide a chance for musicians, and perhaps even writers, to practice their art, promote their work, and expose them to new audiences where everyone benefits. Music affects the brain, releasing more dopamine, a hormone that improves your mood. This poem envisions a clarinet player playing blues during a recent trip home. The MUNY programme (Music Under New York), fields a roster of approximately 350 musicians who get priority access to various spots in the city. I believe Glasgow Life and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland could transform the lives of musicians at a critical time for artists in Scotland as well as lift the moral of those who live here and those who visit.

Homespun, 2019Poetry