Series 5, Episode 2: Under My Mask is a Happy Face!



Anne Belcher from Branch Into Music shares a happy face-mask-wearing song in this week's "Musical Moment".

The mandatory wearing of face-masks in public places has been a rapid and somewhat confronting cultural shift here in Regional Victoria (Australia). Communities have embraced the challenge and our efforts appear to be paying off. However, communicating with someone who is wearing a mask can be difficult and sometimes confusing. I never realised how much I relied on lip-reading to understand speech! To be heard, we all need to speak a little louder than is generally considered polite and we miss out on so many emotional and expressive cues from the covered parts of people's faces.

Anne felt the need to write a song to show children that under people's masks are just normal happy faces - not scary ones! Whilst we can't see a person's smiling mouth, we can see their twinkling eyes and laughing lines.