Busking For Anxieties (v4) - Then Singing Them

Th previous iterations of 'Busking For Anxiety' have been interesting but i had not felt a direct enough connection with the people engaging. I wanted them to recieve a direct reaction in music from what they write, brining their anxiety to life through song (for better or worse). For this reason i decided to sing the anxieties collected. I origionally planned to have a song structure that people could 'fil in the blanks' to give them their anxiety song. However this proved too difficult as anxiety is such a unique thing to everyone it didn't working trying to fit them into a standardised structure. So I went with the two questions from 'Busking For Anxieties v2'. 'What makes you anxious'  and 'What makes you feel better?', simple quick and not too in depth. 

I created about 15 songs within 2 hours (lots quite similar sounding but i'm not a wizard). I plan to send the songs to the people as they provided their email addresses on the back. I would also like to record some of the best ones and release a small LP style thing. 

Check out the video below to see what went down.

Busking For Anxieties v2

Busking for anxieties is an attempt to get the issues of anxiety to be discussed in a space where they wouldn't usually be. Such as on the south bank. People were asked for fill out cards with the question 'What makes you feel anxious' and 'What makes you feel better', these cards were then stuck on the 'Anxiety Wall' that is cardboard along the sea wall. This was filled with anxieties and it became a space for the light hearted discussion and digestion of peoples anxieties. 

There was a great response from many people. Some people took it as an opportunity to instantly open up and start talking to my helpers Jean Luc and Will about their anxiety issues. It also became a fun place for people to listen to music and look at others anxieties and what makes them feel better and compare with their own experiences hopefully encouraging feelings of empathy and solidarity within their world of anxiety. 

If you would like to potentially be involved with the future of this project please email me at: james-barclay@hotmail.co.uk

Same Inside EP

This is the artwork for my debut EP 'Same Inside'. The songs are all on the subject of my mothers suicide, the title track being 'Same Inside' which is me expressing how I feel very similar to my mother and that in a way we were the same inside. The album artwork shows me and her spliced together to represent our similarities. 

I would like to talk to people about their mental health issues and get to a deep level of where and issue may lie and write a song with people and create artwork and all the things that go along with releasing music.

This may lead to me becoming a councillor in a way so i will have to be weary about who i talk to and how they respond. I must be sensitive! 

writing producing and completing this EP led to a feeling of catharsis and i would like to see if i can facilitate this feeling in other people suffering from similar things.

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