Monday Music: All About That Chair

It’s ages since I did a Monday Music post.

I quite like Megan Trainor’s All About That Bass.  But if I am going to share a version of that song it’s not going to be that one.  Because you know I’m all about that disability bout that disability bout that disability (sorry I couldn’t resist).

A you tuber called Heather Schouten who uses a wheelchair has done a version called All About That Chair. And it’s incredible.

I can’t find a copy of the lyrics but this article in The Independent includes some of them. The article in my opinion borders on inspiration porn and probably sees things in the lyrics that aren’t there. But the song is awesome.

Monday Music: True Colors

Feels like ages since I’ve done one of these Monday Music posts.

One of my favourite old songs is True Colours. It’s just a brilliant song with lyrics that call out to me and a melody that gets stuck in my head without fail. I also think its a really encouraging song with its message about being yourself and not hiding away.

I’m also really big on disability pride and of our culture as disabled people. Which is why this new version of the song is so fabulous for me. It’s performed by The British Paraorchestra and features several Paralympic athletes and the Kaos Signing Choir (which is a choir made up of both hearing and deaf children who sing and sign together).

It’s got wheelies and blind people. It’s got signing, people with sticks and a kid with a Kay Walker. They’re singing and playing instruments and having a brilliant time. Interspersed are a few clips of the Paralympics. I noticed one of Ellie Simmonds in the water looking a little tearful after winning a race. Another was the guy playing table tennis with one crutch and lunging for the ball so hard he fell over. It’s even got a solo sung by a lady using her nose to operate an iPad which then speaks/sings it for her.

It’s an amazing example of inclusion and of people embracing themselves and their disabilities and their culture. My culture.

It makes me very happy.

The song is available on iTunes and there’s a bit of a campaign to get it to Christmas number one. It’s so so good and well worth buying. Besides, what else are you going to spend 79p on this week?

You with the sad eyes
Don’t be discouraged
Oh I realize
It’s hard to take courage
In a world full of people
You can lose sight of it all
And the darkness there inside you
Makes you feel so small

But I see your true colours
Shining through
I see your true colours
That’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colours
True colours are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

And don’t be unhappy, can’t remember when
I last saw you laughing
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I see your true colours
Shining through
I see your true colours
That’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colours
True colours are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Ohhhh
I can’t remember
When I last saw you laugh
If this world makes you crazy
And you’ve taken all you can bear
You call me up
Because you know I’ll be there

And I see your true colours
Shining through
See your true colours
That’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colours, true colours
Are beautiful like a rainbow

I see your True colours shining through
See your true colours
That’s why I love you
So don’t be afraid to let them show
Your true colours
Your true colours are beautiful,
Like a rainbow

Ohhhhhhh

>Monday Music – Space Rabbits of Brocklevoon

>Myself and two friends went to see The Spooky Men’s Chorale recently. They were supported by Kate Rowe. And as soon as I heard her Space Rabbits of Brocklevoon song I knew it had to be a Monday Music on my blog.

Why? Spoons. The whole song is based around spoon stealing.


You could tell the audience liked it. But with two of the three of us using The Spoon Theory in our own lives sometimes and the third knowing of it. Lots and lots and lots of laughter. It was such a brilliant coincidence and a bit of an inside joke type because it had unique to us meaning. I know people who frequently tweet asking who stole their spoons. Me thinks they’ll now know the answer!!

In the interval, Kate Rowe was in the foyer. I made sure to go over and ask her where the idea for spoons came from. It was quite interesting hearing her talk about it and basically it was a random joke.

She hadn’t heard of The Spoon Theory. She has now.

On the whole it was a brilliant night. That made it better.

>Monday Music – Somewhere Only We Know

>Because I’ve loved every version of this song I’ve heard. And because I love Glee. Wasn’t a huge fan of the way Kurt went from Dalton back to McKinley just. like. that. though. Totally unrealistic if you ask me. Anyway.

I’ve got a half written short story somewhere based around this song as inspiration (I often use quotes or lyrics as starting points for writing). I’ve been planning to get writing again. Perhaps that would be a good starting point?

>Monday Music – The One and Only

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This is The One and Only by Chesney Hawkes.  It’s cheesy as but it’s also my all time favourite song. If ever we go out and I ask for a request or someone asks for one for me, this is what gets chosen.

On Saturday I was talking to someone about being disabled.  She commented that there aren’t many people like me and made an offhand comment about how I should write an article  for a local ish newsletter thing about it. I think it was my specific comment that I would turn down a cure which made her say that.

I think it was probably intended as a compliment and it mostly was.  But it was also one of those things where you just know that more than likely this is a person who doesn’t have much experience of disability as a positive thing – crip culture if you will – and it’s the whole “inspirational” thing.   I could be very wrong here but it’s my assumption.

Which means it is a compliment and I do take it as such.  However it’s also not because I’m not doing anything special. Being disabled, having CP, using the chair, whichever term you want to use to describe my situation – they are my normal.  I have never known and will never know any different.  I’m not being amazing and inspirational because I have CP and I’m living, I’m just living my life the only way I know how and the only way I will ever be able to.

If someone wants to tell me that there aren’t many people like me and mean my disability and my attitude to it then they are trying to pay me  a compliment.  I’ll take that compliment but truly it’s one I’d rather not receive. If they want to say the same things about me because I’m a blogger or a writer or a sailor or a knitter or because I’m a CAB adviser, rota person and member of the social policy team and also do resident involvement for my housing then FINE. That’s the sort of compliment I would love to receive. Because it’s about me and who I actually am, not what I am.

But my main thought when she said there aren’t many people like me? “I should bloody well hope not!!” I like who I am, I’m proud of it. And I like being unique – The One and Only.

>Monday Music – God Thinks

>I thought I’d try and make this Monday Music thing a weekly occurrence.

This is God Thinks by Voltaire which I absolutely love.   I was going to write about why I love it and my problems with religion but actually I’m tired and I think the song gets the message across quite well.

As before, the lyrics are in the video

>Monday Music – Proud

>On my old blog I used to occasionally post songs and such like and those posts were categorised as “Songs of My Life”  I was thinking yesterday about starting something like that again.  And then I thought “Monday Music.”


This is Heather Small – Proud (I won’t post the lyrics as they basically are all of the video which I hope makes it accessible).  I really love this song.  And I especially love the idea of finding one thing each day to be proud of.  It’s something else that I’ve been thinking about bringing back to my blogging.  I used to find it hard at times to find something to be proud of each day but it also worked well for my depression and really helped keep things in perspective.

Today’s proud thing for me is doing gateway!  Gateway is a new thing we are doing at CAB with clients and I hadn’t done it before (we only started at the beginning of the month).  And talk about being thrown in the deep end, I did it with five different clients this afternoon.  I really enjoyed it which surprised me a bit.  But I was totally trashed afterwards!  Feeling a lot better now though, just overloaded my brain I think.

Something else proud that I must mention is how proud I am of my sister who ran a half marathon yesterday and despite crazy winds and having been ill for a lot of the last few months managed to better her time by about 4 minutes!  Proud of you honey!