Beyond Blue on Blue in Bulimba

Did you know that musicians are 10 times more likely to suffer mental health issues?

Did you know that 70% of musicians say that they have suffered from anxiety or depression?

The following excerpts from an internet article lay bare the traps of the music industry:

“When I was in One Direction,my anxiety issues were huge, but within the safety net of the band, they were at least manageable,” he said. “As a solo performer, I felt much more exposed, and the psychological stress of performing had just got to be too much for me to handle – at that moment, at least.” 

Even just the act of trying to break into the industry can be so stressful that it can have a massive impact on an artist’s health. Today, Nicki Minaj is regarded as one of the best rappers around, but in 2011, she recalled to Cosmopolitan how she had suffered from suicidal thoughts after being turned away time and time again.

“I kept having doors slammed in my face,” she said. “I felt like nothing was working. I had moved out on my own, and here I was thinking I’d have to go home. It was just one dead end after another. At one point, I was like, ‘What would happen if I just didn’t wake up?’ That’s how I felt.”

These sentiments are all too common in an industry that chews up and spits out most of what comes its way.  Only the very lucky ones make it to the top, and the rest of us are left trying to make a living, or trying to enjoy a part-time career while paying the bills some other, more reliable, way.

 

Beyond Blue is an Australian organisation that aims to raise awareness of the very real presence of depression and anxiety, not just in the music industry, but in all walks of life.

Friday 22nd March at Bulimba Golf Club, my client Body and Soul Australia Music and Events is hosting a concert to help fund-raise for Beyond Blue.

Feature artists include legendary Aussie blues and rock guitarist, Tim Gaze, the uber-talented technician, Sean Mullen, playing a preview of his Satriani Tribute Show, and sassy vocalist, Sandra Beynon.

Doors open 5.30pm and show starts at 8pm.

To guarantee a table, please order online via Humanitix. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Beyond Blue on Blue
Beyond Blue fundraising event in Bulimba, Brisbane.

 

 

Uke Odyssey takes wings to the far north

So, as we gear up to leave for the far north of Queensland – Cape York and the Torres Strait, we are surrounded by 40 ukes in our living room.

We need to tune them almost daily to get them used to staying in tune, and also label them with a message and photo of the donor who put up $20 or $40 to buy a half or whole uke.

Craig Claxton of Guitar Brothers at Red Hill kindly donated a further 10 ukes as well as selling the balance of 30 ukes at cost price to us.

As well as the ukes, we need to have enough money to buy enough spare strings and tuners to keep everyone happy as well as try to cover the cost of the excess baggage fees we will incur at Qantas check-in.

So far, we haven’t been able to reach anyone at Qantas who’s willing to do this, but we live in hope!

It’s been a fun journey of seeking donations and it has reached as far as Dubbo, NSW, to a small group of enthusiastic uke players from Red Earth Ukes Band who got together and donated $170 to our cause.  It’s this kind of outreach that really makes you smile.  When people can converge for a cause that makes them put their hand in their pocket so someone else can find out how much fun it is to do something that they are passionate about already.  A big thank you to Di Clifford for arranging those donations from Red Earth Ukes.

Tangatours in Brisbane, with John Sharpe CEO at the helm, also felt it was a nice “practical” donation to participate in and they sponsored $200 (5 ukes).

Councillor Jenny Breene of Logan City Council also contributed $200 as did Billy Gordon MP up at Mareeba.  Very grateful for those donations too!

We are conducting a free concert at Beenleigh Town Square this Saturday 2nd July from 5pm in the hope that the large ATSI population in the Logan catchment might throw in a few more gold coins to help us buy some more goodies for the kids.

So, from Sean and I, it’s a big thank-you to all who supported our little philanthropic journey and we’ll be sure to post some videos of the kids all playing a tune together with the gorgeous new ukes.

Our tour itinerary for the “Making Waves in the Strait” Tour:

11th July – Wongai Beach

14th July – Thursday Island Bowls Club

15th July – Bamaga Tavern

17th July – Cape York Lodge – Punsand Bay