A few days ago my wife pointed out that she had recorded a programme that sh thought we might find interesting. It was a new series on BBC2 called “Goldie’s Band”.
I watched the first programme about the musician/DJ Goldie’s quest, with a group of fellow musicians, to find a group of people, most of them from very disadvantaged ad traumatic backgrounds and form them together into a band that would be appearing in front of Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace.
I have written elsewhere in this blog about my belief in human potential. Maybe the only good thing that has come from the ubiquitous talent programmes that have appeared on T.V. in the last few years is to point to the fact that there are some great talents “out there” who have never been discovered or “made it” in getting through the processes and barriers that would bring them to wider recognition and public knowledge.
What fascinated me about the programme I watched was the way that music acted as a means for these people to express themselves and often as a means to escape from terrible personal problems like mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction, abuse and bullying.
It never ceases to amaze me about the role of music as a human activity. It also amazes me at how music and other creative subjects such as dance, drama and art are often the greatest victims of cutbacks in education. I think that all the creative arts are important to us in so many ways and that they are a key part to any education system. They are often the only way that people can truly express themselves and often we are touched by their inner genius and the power of what they are telling us through their music or their dance or their art.
This was certainly an inspiring programme but we must not treat it as a one-off experience for a small group of people who have been fortunate enough to have a film crew suddenly descend upon them. There are many many more talents where they came from and we should be nurturing these in our schools and seeking to give as many platforms as we can to allow us all to share the creations and experiences that can enrich all our lives.