When a Child Stands Alone by Abi (UK)

    I am a singer song writer from the UK, living in Scotland. I come from a musical background and work as a music teacher for children. My songs are inspired by a range of musical styles; early music, folk, world music and the subject matter is anything that touches my heart with a deeper meaning, a wish for change or beauty. I am also inspired by nature and the incredible beauty of Scotland, where I live. I am beginning to be inspired from a number of international folk in the music industry and am hoping that this will be the beginnings of a new journey. I wish for my songs to inspire the listener to reflect, engage with their hearts and allow a space for reflection or beauty in their lives.

    This song was inspired by the abandoned children of Syria, who, due to war are separated from their parents. According to statistics, there are over 10, 000 children in Europe, some as young as 3 months old, who are entirely alone. This song seeks to create a sense of hope by inspiring the listener to connect to their hearts and draw forth empathy and humanity. It seeks to make the listener and the subject of the song (the children) into individuals, rather than simple statistics on a newsreel. If we all find love in our hearts and a sense of the preciousness that each human life possesses, then situations that appear too global to apprehend become something that each of us, in our own way, can do something about. My hope is that, in writing this song, I inspire people to find their hope, their positive action and engage in some small individual act that will lift the lives of children. So, it is ALL about creating hope and inspiration so that these children, or any disadvantaged child, can grow in beauty and peace.