Today is #WorldMentalHealthDay a global day aimed at raising awareness, tackling the stigma and highlighting the lack of funding for mental health conditions.
Today we are focussing on a timely new release by Music Minds. Its a 50 song, 3-volume album of songs in support of UK mental health charities; Samaritans, Mind, Nordoff Robbins & Music Support. Ian Sephton, the man behind the release says:
“One in four of our society will experience mental health problems at some time in our lives and resources are currently stretched to the limit so this campaign aims to help those in most need today.
We are delighted to have received around 50 songs – many are rare, unreleased or specially including contributions from multi-million selling artists 10cc’s Graham Gouldman, Nik Kershaw, Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook & Chris Difford, Roxy Music’s guitarist Phil Manzanera, The Christians’ Henry Priestman, Paul Young’s Los Pacaminos.
Songs from established performers such as Tom Robinson, Mari Wilson, Connie Lush, Rumer, and Ian Shaw are joined by new, upcoming talents including Steve Rodgers (son of Free and Bad Company’s Paul Rodgers), Lily Garland, J.Chambers, Mumbai’s ONEmpire, Brand New Zeros (featuring Ronan MacManus, brother of Elvis Costello) and Gypsyfingers (featuring Mike Oldfield’s son Luke)
We also wanted to showcase songs from bands who deserve a wider audience; My Autumn Empire, Field Harmonics, Junkboy, EL Heath, Yellow6, July Skies, Man Without Country and many more.
A 3-CD box set will be available from the 12th of October through Amazon, digital download from iTunes and other digital service providers and streaming on Spotify.
We also intend to release a number of the songs from the album with promotional videos to keep the mental health conversation going.
So far we have produced the following videos:
An animated cartoon, showing many simple to follow tips for healthier minds, has been released on the Music Minds YouTube page. The soundtrack is a new version of Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’ with arrangement and instruments played by Steve Nieve and with vocal performances by many of the contributing acts.
A live performance captured in the recording studios when contributors recorded their vocals for ‘Perfect Day’.
A brilliant new version of Stevie Wonder’s ‘All In Love is Fair’ by Thomas Lang and John Wheatcroft recorded on the stage of Parr Street Studio 2.”
Richard Hanscomb of Junkboy one of the bands included on the compilation told us:
“Sometimes it seems like we need to strive to normalise being open, tolerant and empathetic, that these qualities aren’t particularly valued in society. The more non-judgemental we strive to be in whatever spaces we inhabit, the more people will feel able to talk about mental health and the stigma associate with it will vanish. We can but try! We’re human, sometimes we fail. It’s ok. Ian Sephton approached us that rare thing initially (a fan of Junkboy) and when he outlined why he wanted to make the Music Minds album and the impact engaging in this process was having on his own wellbeing, we were even more enthused and proud to be part of it.
Our track on the record ‘Old Camera New Film’ is kinda like Pullman’s Viewfinder album going psychedelic baroque or post-blues, pre-stadium Fleetwood Mac at their most pastoral-idyllic. Maybe. Just enjoy (hopefully).”