My Friend Shelley

In loving memory of my friend Shelley

This is a recording of the song I sang at Shelley’s Celebration of Life, after she was laid to rest in September 2011.

It was written from the poem I gave her for her birthday in 2007 called ‘My Friend Shelley’.

Four years after giving her the poem, I sat by Shelley’s side at the EllenorLions Hospice, aware this would be the last time we met. The words from the first line of the poem were going round and around in my head in melody. I couldn’t stop them.  It carried on the next morning when I woke up and continued for several days afterwards as I grieved for her.  I was compelled to transform the poem into song and get it finished, ready to sing at her Celebration of Life.

After I sang, her husband Andy asked me for a recording of the song. Finally I was able to give this to him  – just in time for him to take it with him to Greece where he would be staying on the date of the first anniversary since Shelley passed. Several of our close friends would also be there – in fact I would have been too if I wasn’t so pregnant I couldn’t fly! I was incredibly pleased to have managed to finish the song in time to send it off with them. My way of being there with them all over Shelley’s anniversary.

I am very proud of this song. Every time I listen to it I feel a rush of love. for Shelley, for Andy, for all the good times we shared.  It brings back so many memories, it makes me smile, fills me with her.  I feel it paints such a true and positive picture of Shelley and the gifts she gave me by being my friend and sharing her positive perspective on the world with me.

It took almost a year to finish, but I wanted to get it just right and it took a few sessions.  My good friend and talented musician Becky Dell is playing the piano (visit her website www.rubybirdmusic.co.uk), another good friend and talented producer Graham Crockford (SlyOne) recorded it for me in his studio and devoted much time to perfecting the recording (visit his website www.djslyone.co.uk/).  They’ve both been amazing and I can’t thank them enough.

I’d also like to thank yet another good friend & musician Dafydd James for rehearsing and playing the song at Shelley’s Celebration with me.  I am lucky to be surrounded by so many talented and caring friends.

Both together and as individuals, Shelley & Andy have been a massive part of my life and a huge inspiration. They accepted me, inspired me to be more of who I really am and showed me what it is to be real – both in heart and in mind. Even in Shelley’s final days, they both blew my mind and taught me what it is to honour oneself with dignity, honesty and respect.

With love from Angel xxx

 

My Friend Shelley – Lyrics

 

If someone asked me who you are…. I’d tell them you are Shelley

I’d tell them you’re a close, close friend… whose love fills up my belly

I’d tell them you’re intelligent, articulate and thoughtful

I’d tell them that your friendship is honest and beautiful

 

I’d tell them how you helped me feel the sun rise in my head

Helped me send my unhappy thoughts back to bloody bed!

I’d recount countless stories of tents and fires and food

I’d marvel at your constant happy, smiley, breezy mood

 

And you’ve struck me with your relentless positivity

Yeah you’ve struck me with your wise honesty

You are a rainbow to me

It’s all those colours you see

 

You’ve never, ever judged me, despite some clumsy ways

In which I’ve sometimes talked to you, or when I’ve misbehaved

You’ve always offered truth to me, yet delivered it with care

You’ve let me ride your happy train and never charged a fare

 

I’d say you’re very loving, truly care about your friends

The thoughtful cards you’ve written, the many gifts you send

You’re so much fun to be with, it’s gorgeous every time

You weave your merry magic

I wish we had more time…

 

Oh you’ve struck me with your relentless positivity

Yeah you’ve struck me with your wise honesty

You are a rainbow to me

It’s all those colours you see

 

If someone asked me who you are I’d tell them you are Shelley

I’d tell them you’re a special friend…

whose love fills up my belly

 

 

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