EVER wondered where songwriters get their ideas from? The Vicar of Biscot, the Rev Thomas Singh, gets his from an unusual source – God.
The 48-year-old father of four was waiting to collect one of his daughters from a GCSE exam 18 months ago when he was struck by divine inspiration.
“I just felt inspired to write a song - and in five or six minutes I had the lyrics and the tune.”
Rev Singh had no prior experience of writing or reading music, but he hums or whistles his tunes into the dictaphone on his mobile phone, and is learning to play the guitar.
“I’d never composed or written anything before, I’d never done anything like this before,” he said. “A new melody comes into my head and I’ll record it onto my phone.
“It just happened and all I can think is that it’s God’s gift to me.” Rev Singh, vicar at Holy Trinity Church in Biscot, is now planning an unusual sabbatical from his day job.
Common choices for the career break might include spending time in a monastery or undertaking historical research, but the musical clergyman has decided to buck the trend, opting to travel to Mumbai to record a CD of gospel music in a Bollywood style.
He said: “I want to give something back to God. I’ve had a good reaction, people have been responding well to the idea. The music will be spiritual, and hopefully inspiring and uplifting, for people, and the CD will be a physical result of the sabbatical.
“All of the songs are about God, and Jesus. It’s a bit different to what people have done in the past.”
Rev Singh has been in contact with producers in Mumbai, and when he travels to the Bollywood capital he will interview singers, admitting that his own singing voice is “terrible”.
The reverend’s wife, Sandhya, and their four daughters, aged 11, 14, 17 and 19, are all very excited about his trip, although it will mean him being away from home for eight weeks.
“The girls all think I’m going to be famous,” he said. “But obviously I’m not doing it to make millions. I’ll just be happy to record my music.”
Rev Singh is currently fundraising for his sabbatical, which he hopes will start in January, but a planned sponsored walk earlier this month had to be cancelled due to the snow.
You can sponsor him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org