Rhythmix - Music in Mind - Coral's Story

Coral's story

“I really didn’t think I’d be able to make songs this good, but I really like how the recordings turned out, I listen to them all the time…I really like that we are aloud to just do our own music and no-one tells us what to do” - Feedback from Coral*

Coral was 14 when Jack started working with her and she was not able to attend school because of her mental health issues. Coral came to sessions with lyrics she'd written independently and rough ideas for melodies. Jack worked to help her structure her lyrics, refine melodies, decided on chords and work with the other young people to play the instruments and record backing tracks for her to sing to.

For Coral, recording the songs and hearing them back and liking how they sounded was the most important thing. Coral ended up developing an interesting jazzy style of singing that Jack worked to respond to with the backing music that others in the group made for her. The other young people were really supportive of her and enjoyed working on the music for her to sing to. Coral she wrote mostly about themes of mental health, death, drugs, drinking, using very mature imagery to evoke quite dark emotions, but was also quite tongue in cheek about some of it, using humour alongside very dark imagery - her lyrics are below.

Coral’s Lyrics - Down in the Forest

“My back is wet, there’s mud on my clothes
Down in the forest where nobody goes
Surrounded by silence, surrounded by lies
Hiding away from prying eyes

And I’ve got a question to ask you
Yes I’ve got a question to ask
What would it be like to be real people
Who are we under our masks

Powers an illusion, we’re not in control
Who can save our dirty souls
Shying away from the rest of humanity
I’m the epitome of insanity
And I’ve got a question…….”