Being peripherally involved was fun (though the filming was scarey!). Witnessing Gary, Ed and Rich, Annabel and the film crew, and Sharon and co at Logistik pull this together has been amazing and nerve wracking at the same time. Well done all!
Favorite track: Dignity.
This is a music project i have been running for the past year - exploring the relationship between music and mental health/wellbeing. All the songs were nominated by people with experience of mental ill-health and recorded by bands or artists with a connection to Leeds. And it's ace.
Favorite track: Good Things.
1. SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN by GRANT K. FENNELL
Grant K. Fennell: Vocals, backing vocals,acoustic guitar
James Gartshore: Drums
Lewis Husbands: Guitar
Rich Huxley: Bass, piano
Ed Waring: Organ
Nominated by Andy Johnson
Original recording by The Ramones
2. YOU GET WHAT YOU GIVE by THE COOPERS
Ryan Cairns: Acoustic guitar, vocals, organ,
Chels Cooper: Vocals
Nominated by Mike Jolly
Original recording by New Radicals
3. DIGNITY by JASMINE KENNEDY
Jasmine Kennedy: Vocals, acoustic guitar, drums
James Howarth: Piano
Rich Huxley: Double bass, electric guitar,
Ed Waring: Organ
Nominated by Nicola Hambridge
Original recording by Deacon Blue
4. I CAN’T MAKE YOU LOVE ME by SIM WALKER & BECKY HOLT
Sim Walker: Piano, vocals
Becky Holt: Vocals, soundscapes
Nominated by Paddy (friend of Becky)
Original(ish!) recording by Bonnie Raitt
5. TITANIUM by CRY BABY CRY
Rosie Doonan: Vocals, bass, backing vocals
Jonny Firth: Electric guitar
Nici Todd: Drums
Nominated by Simon Buckden
Original recording by David Guetta
6. I WANNA BE YOUR DOG by KING KOOL
Dan Donovan: Vocals, guitars
Paz: Drums, backing vocals
Nominated by Dan himself
Original recording by Iggy and The Stooges
7. GOOD THINGS by HARRY GEORGE JOHNS
Harry George Johns: Vocals, acoustic guitar,
Nominated by Harry himself
Original recording by Rival Schools
8. STARALFUR by HUNTING BEARS
Richard Bennett: Guitar
Joanna Holwell: Harp, vocals
Reece Jacob: Drums
Alice Phelps: Double bass, vocals
Mary-Jane Walker: Vocals, violin
Nominated by Mindy Goose
Original recording by Sigur Ros
9. MACHINES by BRUNO MERZ
Bruno Merz: Vocals, piano
Rich Huxley: Guitar
Ed Waring: Organ
Nominated by Lucy Bailey
Original recording by Biffy Clyro
Once upon a time, on a YouTube far, far away…There was a film by classical pianist James Rhodes in which he talked about how music aided his recovery while he was sectioned under the Mental Health Act. A friend took him a ‘contraband’ iPod full of classical music and it was listening to this that started his journey to recovery. His story inspired me and is why music is at the heart of Love Music Leeds.
One in four people will experience mental-ill health in their lifetime. If you include friends and family, then pretty much every one of us will have some sort of contact or experience of it. Different people have different ways of dealing with it and for some people, like James, music can play a significant part in this.
I had the idea of recording some songs which people found inspiring, had helped them through a difficult time or had helped their wellbeing. It was a conversation with Rich Huxley & Ed Waring from Leeds band Hope & Social which helped refine this idea into the album you are now holding. We asked people to suggest songs and we asked bands and solo artists from Leeds (apart from one!) to pick a nominated song to record.
One of the best parts of this project has been the conversations we’ve had and openness of people willing to talk openly about their own journey through bipolar, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress. If what we have done helps people to feel that they can talk openly about their experience of mental ill-health then I think we have achieved what we set out to do.
I hope you enjoy the album as much as we’ve enjoyed making it.
Founder, Love Music Leeds
released October 11, 2013
Recorded & produced by Ed Waring and Rich Huxley, except:
Ed Waring: You Get What You Give
Rich Huxley & James Hamilton: Titanium
Ed Waring & Mike Birtill: I Can’t Make You Love Me
Big Thanks to all who have helped out to make this album possible:
Rich & Ed (brothers in arms); Sarah Elwell (who kept us all on schedule, as best she could); Dirk Mischendahl,
Sharon Ward, Annabel Hibbard & all at Logistik Group; Brendan Fatchett & Rachel Hunter at ERS Medical,
Dom Burch at Asda; James Hamilton (last minute portable studio man); Tom Rigden & Kristal Ireland at Enjoy
Digital; Jane Astrid Devane & Shire Oak Primary School; Mark at Old Chapel Rehearsal Studios; Phil Cass;
Mike Birtill; all the bands and musicians who contributed their time for free and finally to everyone who
nominated a song and shared their story – without you we wouldn’t have had an album!
And to our sponsors: Logistik Group, ERS Medical and Asda Foundation for their amazing generosity.