One Off The Bucket List: Recording A Christmas Album


Bucket list - two words that I’m sure we’ve all discussed before. Well, a few years ago, I actually sat down and wrote out my bucket list. It consisted of a number of things from learning the ukulele to sunbathing topless to seeing the seven natural wonders of the world. Of course, real life got in the way and it was promptly forgotten about.

However, two things on the list stayed in my mind. The first was to do something for charity. Now, my initial plan was to do a half marathon, but the realisation that I can’t even run around the block without stopping hit me quite quickly. The second thing from my list was to record a Christmas album. I’m a jazz singer and I love all of those old Christmas songs, so I’m sure you can see where this is going.

“Why not record a Christmas CD and give the profits to charity?” I thought.

Fast forward to 2016 and the album is recorded, the CDs are in their cases, and my project is up and running. The charity that I have chosen is Brake, a national road safety charity.

Ten years ago, my sister was killed in a car accident. I choose to use the word ‘killed’ as it could have been prevented and was as the result of someone’s choices. Two teenage boys were racing cars on a main road. One was actually driving on the wrong side of road, trying to overtake his friend, which lead him to crash into my sister’s car. She was just 21 and I was 18 years old at the time.

I’m not going to say how it has affected my life, as that’s not the point of this piece. I want to raise awareness as to the fact that it shouldn’t have happened in the first place. Why aren’t young people better educated to the risks of dangerous driving? One of the drivers in the accident had only passed his test one week before. Brake are working to change this by helping to prevent road death and injury, and support those bereaved and injured in road crashes.

It was a Brighton Girl who was the first to ask me which charity I was supporting. I told some of the girls about Brake and why I had chosen them, and I realised it was the first time that I had spoken to someone I’d only recently met about my sister in years. Unless you meet new people and feel comfortable to openly discuss it, it’s not an experience I choose to talk about.

Even though I’ve only known these girls for a few months, I feel like I have a huge support network. It’s such a wonderful and positive thing. Everyone has their struggles and their own stories, but it’s how we cope through these and learn to support each other that matters.

Written by Rosie Secker.

You can find out more about the project and buy a copy of the CD 'A Rose-tinted Christmas' here.

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