Introduction to Songwriting with Daniel O'Rourke
Daniel has created a tutorial video describing his renal journey and outlining his process of songwriting as part of our Economic and Social Research Council funded Create and Connect project to develop online arts-based activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The activities will build upon the work of the Renal Arts Group and provide mental health and wellbeing support for patients who face an extended, lonely period of self-isolation. As we are unable to run in-person events and workshops due to the ongoing pandemic, the online activities will provide an introduction to a range of art forms that we hope patients will find engaging and enjoyable.
"I was born with Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome . I had my first kidney transplant at the age of 3 from a deceased donor and at the age of 25 I had my second kidney transplant from my father. Music has played such a massive part in my life. I play, guitar, drums and piano. Songwriting, playing and performing music has been a real help in my life. Being a renal patient does come with it’s stresses and worries. Even when you finally have your transplant there are mental and physical scars that take time to heal. I am delighted to be part of a group that looks at creative and artistic ways to help renal patients."
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