In 2016, 49 people were gunned down at The Pulse, a nightclub and gay bar in Orlando, Florida. Sia later released the video for her song, “The Greatest,” paying tribute to those who had their lives stolen from them. Starting with the hashtag, #WeAreYourChildren, and ending with a room full of dancers collapsed on the ground in front of a wall riddled with holes, the video is a stark reminder of the cost of hatred, ignorance, and intolerance. June 12th, 2020 will mark the 4 year anniversary of the tragedy.Week 22
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This is the last week of Mental Health Awareness month, but unfortunately, the suffering for those with mental illnesses continues, as does the stigma, which arguably, does the most harm. Did you know 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from a mental illness in any given year? I know, thanks to Nikki’s efforts last year in opening up about her own struggles. The truly heartbreaking thing about this, is the knowledge that those “1 in 5” aren’t getting the help they need, and it’s only partly because the help isn’t there. The other part is the stigma. It stands to reason that, if we reduce the stigma, we might be able to increase the odds of a person getting help, and making that person’s life so much easier. I don’t know about you all, but it’s worth it to me.
Now, onto the main event. The final song for this month is by an Irish singer, Rosie Carney. I had never heard of her before this year, but apparently she is very open with her own struggles. Her calls for reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses is also echoed in her song, “Awake Me.”Week 21
Week three of Mental Health Awareness month and this is a song that always makes me cry. There are many celebrities who struggle with mental health issues. Some of them keep it to themselves, and some, like musicians Chester Bennington and Justin Furstenfeld, turned their struggles into art. You’ll see plenty of Chester and Linkin Park around here eventually, but for today, here’s “Hate Me” by Blue October.Week 20
For week two of Mental Health Awareness month, I’m bringing you more rock. Two very important people in my life suffer from anxiety, among other things, and the daily battle is real. This song by The Veer Union is all about fighting the “enemy” in your head “until the bitter end.”Read more
May is Mental Health Awareness month and for the first song, I’d like to introduce you all to Gemini Syndrome. “Metal” music gets such a bad rap sometimes, but you’d be surprised how much meaning some of the songs pack in. “Remember We Die” packs in a plea for anyone struggling to keep holding on, as well as the reminder that there will be “plenty of time to see the other side,” so until then, “just let the light shine from your soul.”Read more
For the last week of April, we’re going back to Child Abuse Awareness. Once again, I dipped into songs from way back in my country music phase. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I listened to “Storm in the Heartland” (no judging!). “Enough is Enough” is less of a story, and more of a rallying cry in the fight against child abuse.Read more
Part of the Military Awareness Month. “Indestructible” pays homage to warriors of both genders throughout the ages.Read more
Last week was centered around Military Awareness, so this week’s song focuses on Child Abuse Awareness. “Independence Day” tells the story of a mother who has had enough, and takes drastic measures to make sure her abuser never lays his hands on her or her daughter again. I cried the first time I saw the video. It’s still heavy, 20+ years later.Read more
Part of the Military Awareness Month. “Sullivan” is based off of the true story of The Sullivan Five, where five brothers were lost while serving together. This event changed the way the military handles these matters, and was directly responsible for the creation of the Sole Survivor Policy in place today.Read more
Welcome to spring, everyone. This song doesn’t exactly have a story to it, but I felt it was appropriate, anyway. See you all in April!