When Coronavirus lockdown froze my music event business in March 2020, I was left with no business and a multitude of problems that started to affect my mental health. To help myself, instead of organising music events I went back to my first love, making music, as a way of managing my own mental health whilst I dealt with the fallout of Coronavirus on my livelihood. Reaching out to old friends and other professional musicians, I found they were having their own struggles and that many people across the globe were also struggling with their mental health due to lockdown, losing their jobs or businesses, and having to find a way to adjust to a different way of life that may last long after Coronavirus. I wanted to create a music project that focused on raising awareness and breaking the stigma of mental illness and at the same time celebrate the genius of great musicians who had themselves suffered with mental health problems.
I want this project to reach as many people as possible because, for me, this music is not about a career. It is a way to call attention to the silent epidemic of mental illness that has taken the lives of countless artists and individuals. I cover songs by musicians who were lost too soon to suicide and drug abuse. I hope to show people who are suffering with mental illness that they are not alone, that there is a huge community of people reaching out their hands. Above all, this music is meant to break the stigma and bring people together for an incredibly important, long overdue conversation.
My plan is to release a special, limited edition book-bound CD of all 15 tracks in the Spring of 2021. The profits from the sale of the CD will go to MIND, a Mental Health Charity that works to improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness. If all goes well, and Coronavirus permitting, I hope to follow this up with some live charity music events and again donate any profits to Charity.
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© Mark Hamilton Music 2020