Gigs for a Good Cause

The problem with growing up is that whilst your body is clearly on a downward spiral, your brain likes to play tricks and pretend it is still 18. So when we were recently invited to a "gig" (is that even the right term?), I was shocked to realise that it was about 20 years ago that I last saw a band play live



I used to love going to concerts. My highlights were Duran Duran, Bowie, Rolling Stones and INXS when Michael Hutchence was still alive. I've also seen Bob Dylan play at a random jazz festival in deepest Deep South, USA, when I was 20. That was cool. But I will also hold my hand up and say I went to a Kajagoogoo concert. Most of you won't even have heard of them - Google them and you will see why I probably shouldn't confess to something like that publicly.

Glastonbury memories

And when I was a student, I did go to Glastonbury a few times, but those memories are very hazy for some peculiar reason. I do remember coming home and telling everyone that I saw Elvis on stage, which was pretty amazing as he had been dead for over 10 years. I now realise it was Elvis on stage - Elvis Costello. Not sure I would have noticed the difference to be honest.

Singing in the bath

It just seems a great shame that I've not heard anyone sing live for a long time. Unless you count my kids singing/shouting in the bath. And they only like to sing songs that have lots of swear words in there, so thank you to for teaching my kids all the swear words they know.

Keane private gig

So I was very excited to go to a very small and private gig given by 2 members of Keane - Tom and Tim - at our local pub in Sussex.

We went along with a couple of our friends, and for an evening we all thought we were 18 again. I am very happily married, but there is something hypnotic and sexy about a guy singing and playing live, particularly if he has the voice of an angel and the face to go with it.

My husband must have been feeling the pressure, as I could hear him trying to do a descant in my ear as Tim and Tom performed, and then at the end he offered to make up the numbers for an encore. Luckily his kind offer was declined. Although to his credit, and as he constantly reminds us, he was a choral scholar once. And he's not bad looking either.

For a very good cause...

Anyway, more importantly Tom and Tim were doing the gig to raise money for a little girl, Elin Rose, who is suffering from a dreadful form of cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma. She is running out of treatment options now, and therefore the family are trying to raise funds to get more treatment abroad, as well as to pay for research into this rare but dreadful disease.

I couldn't imagine what that family are going through. When I was recently in hospital with my son, we shared a ward with a couple of children with terminal illnesses. It is heart-breaking to see these kids and their families. But what struck me the most is how they manage so brilliantly to live their lives in as normal a way as possible. And from the look of Elin and her family, that is exactly what they are trying to do.

I know there are many good causes to give to out there, but if you would like to make a donation to Elin's cause, then the website is - Thank you.

Amanda Coxen, Working Mum and Tinies Director

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