Tsawwassen’s Margaret Scott can’t help but sing along.
“Delta, land of the sun That’s Delta, where livin’ is fun You’ll find it’s a great place to be That’s Delta, B.C.”
It’s a jaunty old tune the 80-year-old songsmith wrote back in 1979 as part of a contest marking Delta’s centenary.
And she’s hoping it will make a comeback as a way of showing pride in the community.
Scott, a Tsawwassen resident since the mid 1960s has been writing music and composing songs for most of her life.
“I have a (music) bench full of my own compositions,” she says, most of it Christian-based.
The talent came naturally—her parents had a dance band during the Second World War.
“I was raised with that kind of good jazz music, back in the 1940s and 50s.”
She also sang at an early age. Her voice was mature for her age and she made various radio performances in Edmonton where she grew up.
And while Scott had a professional life as a bookkeeper, she enjoyed performing all of her own music, especially the Delta B.C. tune.
“The original one was done in a hurry. There wasn’t much time,” Scott says of the Delta Centennial song contest .”And there may have been just two entries. Who knows,” she adds laughing.
Her prize a ceramic plaque with Delta’s logo.
But the biggest thrill was having a children’s choir sing the tune at a community party at Centennial Beach 33 years ago.
Pat Rogers, chair of the Delta Community Music School remembers the Delta Concert Band learned the song and she recalls singing it with the band.
“Yeah, it was pretty cool having our own song about the community,” she says, adding the piece shows the pride in Delta. “I hope that maybe it will encourage other people to write songs about our beautiful little community here. And I think sometimes we need to be reminded, especially those who have been here a long time, because people who come in more recently know what a little jewel this place is.”
Rogers says she is also hoping the song can be resurrected.
“In my own little bed, I play for the stroke recovery group once a month and I taught it to them. And there is another group that goes to various seniors homes and they know a little bit of it and will be learning more.”
The overall idea is to take spread the musical awareness of the song to the rest of the senior population in Delta and get it back on the music stands of the Delta Concert Band.
“I don’t think we need to wait for another centennial to resurrect this,” Rogers says laughing.
Scott says it’s easy enough to learn, it’s got rhythm.
“It’s catchy, and I was hoping school children would learn it and it would go from there.”