Tes FE People of the Year: Siobhan Argyle

Writing over 100 songs during lockdown, Siobhan Argyle provided light relief for thousands online
2nd January 2021, 12:00pm
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Siobhan Argyle Wrote Over 100 Songs To Support People During Lockdown

There was an explosion of creativity in colleges across the UK after lockdown began, but none more sustained than that of Siobhan Argyle. She challenged herself to cheer her Twitter followers with a daily song - and, over the weeks that followed the closure of colleges and schools, wrote more than 100 tunes.

Taking requests from friends and colleagues, her songs covered the gamut from the lack of biscuits in lockdown and colleagues' eyebrow-raising dress codes in Zoom meetings, to Covid anxiety and fears about an absence of social distancing.

"People often asked for songs for a birthday or special occasion and I just felt so privileged to be able to do that for someone during these challenging times," Argyle told Tes in the spring.


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She added that she had "no idea" how she managed to write 100 songs. "When I reached the 50 mark, I laughed because I was surprised to even make it that far. I can't explain how it happens - I see a word, a photo or someone tells a story and before I know it, the song is in my head."

It all ran its course eventually, but it had been quite a ride. "I was stupidly emotional when I wrote the last song. I have never thought of myself as being particularly good at music and certainly not at songwriting, even less so at performing," she admits. "I just wanted to make people smile and connect through music [and] I feel I have achieved what I set out to do - I couldn't ask for more."

And Argyle's favourite self-penned song? Anthems for our times: Work Clothes for the Lazy, There's a Light that Shines on You and Waving Goodbye (at the End of a Zoom Meeting).

 

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