Unity writes and releases a stunning song during lockdown
Unity Shrimpton, in Year 12, has released a song that she has written and released during lockdown. Her stunning composition, called ‘No More’ is inspired by unjust behaviour surrounding racism and any acts of discrimination. The emotive song, with powerful lyrics and a beautiful melody, really showcases her voice and guitar playing. You can listen to Unity’s song here
Stephen Boyd, Lead Teacher for Music, said: “I am really impressed with Unity’s original song that is very current in its theme. I particularly like the ‘live lounge’ effect she has achieved and how she sings with such feeling and passion. I have invited Unity to come into the studio soon to record No More as well as some covers that she also sings, accompanying herself on the guitar and also the piano. This is fabulous material for Unity’s composition element of her Performing Arts CTEC qualification.”
Unity has shared the messages and inspiration behind her song with us.
On the 9th of June, I was feeling particularly creative and knew that I wanted to write a song that evening. After this epiphany, I began to procrastinate and scrolled through posts on social media- whilst making a conscious effort to find something that could help to fuel my imagination. It was then that I discovered the video of George Floyd’s murder. I sat and watched a man die over the course of 9 minutes, not through morbid curiosity but with horror.
I could not comprehend that humans were capable of such evil things. It was the middle of the night and I wanted to scream. Nothing could describe the way I felt, knowing that the deeds were done and there was nothing I could do to stop the inevitable. I felt nothing but hatred for those who assisted, defended and supported the death of George Floyd, needless to mention the sick officer who applied all his weight on the man’s neck and listened (so contently) to Floyd plead for his life, saying ‘I can’t breathe’ 11 times, until he fell silent.
The opening lines of ‘No More’ reflect the rage and hurt that I felt (and still feel) when watching the video, and the great efforts I made in the restraining of words that I so desperately needed to say. Immediately after, I knew I had to let off this steam that I had built up so quickly somehow, and what better way to do it than to write it down and create something with a clear message. Racism and discrimination in every possible form is absolutely not, and never will be okay. If you have listened to this song, you should be familiar with the ‘do do do’s that were included at multiple points throughout. It represents people’s tendencies to overlook certain issues and deny them of the attention they both need and deserve. Later, education is mentioned. I believe that if change can be considered, let alone come, it is everybody’s duty to firstly do their research and understand to their fullest the importance of change.
Reflecting on today’s society, I’m honestly so ashamed that this is still a huge issue that is yet to be resolved. Now, more than ever, we must take action and ensure that we do everything in our power to put an end to this. Although the song in particular was constructed after viewing Floyd’s murder, it speaks for all cases of unjust behaviour surrounding racism and any acts of discrimination.To be judged not by the content but by the colour of your skin, something that a person can not change, is intolerable. A death sentence should not come into question. Our voices need to be heard, and we need to act now. After we act, we need to act more. That is exactly what my song pushes.