I play the flute and use a mouthpiece – hurrah! Apart from being tons of breathy fun any woodwind player will also tell you about the importance of the mouthpiece, as a sound has to be made first before the player can then formulate notes which in turn lead to the wonders of music. So I believe the correlation commences between a persons ability to vocalise life experience, which then can benefit others and create a melody that resonates hope and life wherever we go.

a mouthpiece

a mouthpiece

This week as some of you may know is National Adoption Week in the UK, a time when the Nation pauses for thought and considers the concept of the family unit in all its variants and valuables.

I don’t have children but as an adopted child I have spent much of my adult life exploring the joys and challenges of adoption, as well as the joy I have experienced in looking after friends children, teaching children or just smiling at kids on the train or bus.  Through the highs and the lows children are still a blessing to the human condition, and to have that experience in your life in any capacity can be a rich reward to your soul.


Through our mouth we as humans express speech, laughter, sadness, pain in fact the complexities of emotion are endless, but children with their constant thirst for knowledge, joy and exploration are the next generation and have a right to be nurtured.

As adults it is imperative that we consider our own childhood albeit good or bad, and consider what life choices we can offer a child or young person less fortunate than ourselves.  I do not write this to condone but to encourage, as the musicality of sharing ones life with others in any capacity is priceless.

Lucy Sheen, a gifted writer and adoptee has used her ‘mouthpiece’ to express her experiences in many formats, currently she writes  – ‘Dear Wonderful You, letters to adopted and fostered youth’. In Lucy’s own words:

‘Dear Wonderful You is the second An-Ya Project that I have been involved with as a contributing author writing under the name of Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen. Jan Way of the International Adoption Centre (IAC) reviewed this unique and quite extraordinary book’.

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So however we use our life experiences, circumstances, knowledge or just encouragement in the playground or at work, never underestimate the power of your mouthpiece to start a symphony, ditty or just a little song into another’s life.

So pick up your mouthpiece and have some fun 🙂 x 

Happy flute

Happy flute

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