The Allambie Heights couple who fell in love over a song

The Allambie Heights couple who fell in love over a song
Posted on Thu 29 Jul 2021

Russ Pearce with Sharon Sheedy and Marc Warden. Picture: Geoff Jones

This article was first published by Northern Beaches Review 

 

For 20 years Marc Warden admired Sharon Sheedy from a distance, unable to express his love despite seeing her every day.

Not only was his dealing with the challenges of cerebral palsy - the couple are residents at the CP Alliance at Allambie Heights - but Marc had to overcome shyness, communication struggles and a natural fear of rejection. The irony is the pair had been helping others in their position find love and positivity for three years through the power of music.

Warden and Sheedy's music business was set-up in 2018 to help those with cerebral palsy communicate through song. They relay their feelings and thoughts to Marc and Sharon and the pair go to work arranging lyrics.

Singer Russ Pearce, who fronts local cover bands Aussie Boy and Mates and Rewind, lends his voice to the project.

And gifted sound engineer Jason Mannell kicks in with free studio time - and his expertise- at Mona Vale Music to bring the songs to life.

But despite finding the right words for other people, Marc still struggled to make a romantic connection with Sharon.

"I liked her for 20 years but couldn't come up with the right words to tell her," Marc explained.

"So with Russell's help, I began putting some words together to express how I felt about Sharon in a song. I needed something to capture her heart."

 

The result was a track titled Take a Tube.

The first verse and chorus reads:

Two old friends / had to hide / all their love / for each other

One got a jug / from the kitchen / filled it up / with gold water (with all their love)

Took the jug / slowly poured it / into a tube / with gold water

To connect the heart / added gold jell / when it set / 2 hearts connected

Take this tube my baby - let it connect to your heart

Take this tube my baby - Let it connect both our hearts

Our relationship / it's in the open

 

Sharon heard the song for the first time at the CP Alliance last month and, as the lyrics suggest, their relationship is now very much in the open. The pair has moved in together, combining their personal lives with their burgeoning music business.

"I was very touched that someone went to so much effort to show how much I was loved," Sharon wrote.

"I absolutely loved the song. We are getting on great and the future looks amazing. We are both so excited."

It's Russell voice on Take a Tube but he deflects most of the credit Marc and Jason's way, calling himself a 'mere conduit'.

"Marc and Sharon have created their unbelievably positive and uplifting music business and I am very lucky they trust me with their words, to write and compose music, sing, record and release," he said.

"Jason has a sixth sense in how to improve a decent song and create something much better than I could have imagined.

"I see this whole project as a way for people with disabilities to get their voices heard, and a way of delivering an inspiring and uplifting experience for us all."

You can check out Take a Tube at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id1571942011

Welcome to the wrap up episode of Season One of Cerebral Conversations. Here are some highlights and never heard before stories from the great minds at Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA) and our special guests and hosts.

It’s been a weirdly wonderful time for me – you might’ve noticed I didn’t share a column with you in October? That’s because I was racing toward the finish line of my university degree, a double in Arts & International Studies if anyone was wondering. Four years of my life that unfolded in ways I never could’ve predicted. 


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