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This piece is dedicated to PATCHED, which is is our local support organisation for people affected by loved ones who are dependent on drugs or alcohol.
When I first joined the PATCHED support group I wanted (needed) to compose a simple melody with words that expressed some of my own feelings at the time. Later, I added more verses using phrases collected from other support group members.
Each year PATCHED holds a day conference for carers and interested professionals. It was suggested that a small group of service-user volunteers could perform my song at our conference, so I made this mixed-ability SAB arrangement with a simple piano accompaniment.
Our brave volunteers met a few times to rehearse. Changes were made to match musical strengths. A guitar was added to support the opening solo (and throughout), and a flute too in some places. These changes do not appear in the score published here. Other groups are encouraged to make their own alterations/additions to match their local situations.
Our eventual conference performance brought a tear to several eyes. I hope that this song will find resonance with performers and audiences across the world, whether or not they themselves care for someone with a substance addiction.
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