Sheila and John Richards recorded the music video with their son Dean on the front porch of their Ladysmith Home (Dean Richards photo)

Family near Nanaimo makes video showing appreciation for community in face of COVID-19

Sheila Richards, 77 is the star of new music video celebrating community kindness in Ladysmith

With a little help from her family and friends, Ladysmith resident, Sheila Richards, 77, has created an original song celebrating community efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I was in isolation and had lots of time on my hands,” Richards said. “I was brought up singing – I’ve got a voice only a mother would love, but I enjoy singing – I thought I’d sit down and write a song about all the great people in Ladysmith.”

Richards wanted to celebrate the townspeople and the Ladysmith first responders to show how much she appreciates their efforts. She also wants people in the region to appreciate the kindness of the community at large.

Once the song was written, she sent an audio snippet of herself singing the song to her son, Dean Richards, who is the CEO of MyLadysmith.com. He has years of experience in community-based film making and instantly thought of an idea for a music video for the song.

“I gave my mom a microphone, then I took that to my friend Daniel Ross who writes music for film and TV because he plays everything. He did a version of You Are My Sunshine, then sent it back to me and I mixed it all together,” Dean said.

Ross composed a blue-grass style rendition of You Are My Sunshine, which features John Richards, on the snare drum.

With the song finished, Dean hit the streets of Ladysmith to film the community’s efforts at social distancing. Residents, town councillors, and local business owners can be seen waving and smiling throughout the video as they practice social distancing.

Dean said they plan to send the video to the Ladysmith and District Historical Society to show what life was like in Ladysmith during the COVID-19 pandemic to future generations. Ultimately, Dean, Sheila, and John just made the song for fun.

“It was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it,” Sheila said.

Sheila said she may make more songs in the future if she feels inspired.

“I haven’t thought about it. Maybe I will, who knows?”

The video can be viewed online at MyLadysmith.com

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Column: Vulnerability to global disasters is our own making

For many, needs of the moment take precedence over concerns about sustainability, notes columnist

House burns in Harewood, three people displaced

Dog unaccounted for after house fire Sunday evening

Man dies in ATV accident south of Nanaimo

Incident happened on backroad Friday night in Nanaimo Lakes area

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No need to wait to enforce new speed limit in the north end

If safety is the goal, why is there a ‘grace period’ for motorists to adjust, asks letter writer

COVID-19: Uptick in calls to Haven Society crisis line as restrictions ease

Organization reminds people of their range of services

VIDEO: Injured bald eagle rescued in B.C. First Nations community

Bird suspected injured in fight, whisked off to Coquitlam rehab

Toronto Raptors’ Ujiri says conversations about racism can no longer be avoided

Thousands have protested Floyd’s death and repeated police killings of black men across the United States

‘I’m afraid’: Witnesses of wolf attack on senior near Prince Rupert worried about safety

Frank Russ shows where the unprovoked wolf attacked his father

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Protesters prepare to rally against racism in front of Vancouver Art Gallery

Rally is in response to the deaths of black Americans and a Toronto woman

Protesters rally against anti-black, Indigenous racism in Toronto

Police estimated the crowd to be between 3,500 and 4,000 and said there was no violence

Feds earmark $1.5M to support recovery of B.C., Indigenous tourism

B.C. money will be split between Vancouver Island and Indigenous tourism

‘We’re sick of it’: Anger over police killings shatters U.S.

Tens of thousands marched to protest the death of George Floyd

Most Read