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.

Current Progress

I have not posted for a while as I have been working on formatting my mood music. Looking for ways of making it clearer to the viewer what is going on and also making it easier for me to read live. I have also been transcribing the music into proper musical notation using Sibalius, so that potentially, other musicians can play the music. The musical notation Code is below followed by some notated music. 

A simple code for the creation of the mood music

This is my firend Georgias day noted using the code above

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

Lad bible - You Alright Mate

http://www.theladbible.com/mental-health

initiative from lad bible to raise awareness and tackle mental health. 

An initiative encouraging people to challenge harmful language and ask for support! It uses a circle drawn on peoples hands to represnt being WHOLE, The tage line is Together We Are Whole. 

From Wildhood album 'VERT', 'Whole' is a song about tackling mental health issues and features the #IAMWHOLE anti-stigma campaign launched by Jordan for the NHS and YMCA. To see the #IAMWHOLE video, featuring Jordan, James Corden, Dermot O'Leary, Ed Sheeran and other names from music and TV, click here https://youtu.be/FZ4TlCx3eHA. Join in and support the #IAMWHOLE anti-stigma message online by posting a ‘circle on hand’ selfie on social media. For more information on #IAMWHOLE visit http://bit.ly/NHS_IAMWHOLE and find out more about YMCA’s involvement at http://www.ymca.org.uk/i-am-whole. If you are aged 13-25 and need mental health support or advice, visithttp://www.findgetgive.com/ to find services, helplines and websites that can help. Thank you to Jordan and http://spirit-media.com/ for all the time and creativity you have put into developing and delivering the #IAMWHOLE campaign for the NHS.

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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Musicians with Prominent Mental illness

Many musicians suffer from mental health issues, creativity seems to go hand in hand with mental problems. Usually if people are suffering from mental health issues it is something we like to keep quite and not show to everyone, lets face it who wants to be seen as a downer or out of control and wierd? However in the musical world it can almost be a good thing, a cool thing even to be 'mentally ill'. The classic thing of the troubled musician... it is perhaps easier for a musician or artist to accept the mental illness as part of their identity, as it helps them with their work, it feeds their craft.

This makes me think could people without a creative craft struggling with mental illness reduce the stigma on them by expressing themselves in a musical medium... Not nessercerily in a song but maybe artwork similar to album artwork but Mental Health Artwork..? 

Anyhoo here is a list of musicians with quite extreme mental health issues..

Kurt Cobain ADD and Bipolar - Took his own life at the age of 27

Kurt Cobain is arguably one of the most famous musicians who struggled with mental health. He was ever properly diagnosed however his auntie who was a mental health nurse said he had Bipolar disorder. His condition was expressed explicitly in his music and his personal writing. The combination of Cobain’s mental health problems as well as his drug use caught up with him in 1994 when he took his own life.

Kurt Cobain is arguably one of the most famous musicians who struggled with mental health. He was ever properly diagnosed however his auntie who was a mental health nurse said he had Bipolar disorder. His condition was expressed explicitly in his music and his personal writing. The combination of Cobain’s mental health problems as well as his drug use caught up with him in 1994 when he took his own life.

Nick Drake - Depression - Died of an Anti depression medication over dose at 26

Nick Drake was a brilliant songwriter who wasn’t sufficiently appreciated until he passed away. He suffered from depression and insomnia for much of his life, but he became a casualty of his illness in 1974 when he overdosed on his antidepressants. He was only 26.

Nick Drake was a brilliant songwriter who wasn’t sufficiently appreciated until he passed away. He suffered from depression and insomnia for much of his life, but he became a casualty of his illness in 1974 when he overdosed on his antidepressants. He was only 26.

Sinéad O'Connor - Bipolar - Found the correct medication and is no longer suicidal

Sinéad O’Connor was plagued with thoughts of suicide, and after several therapists and hospital visits. She was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder.  In a 2007 interview, she described her illness as a gaping hole in the center of her being. But she was finally prescribed the right medication.    

Sinéad O’Connor was plagued with thoughts of suicide, and after several therapists and hospital visits. She was finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

In a 2007 interview, she described her illness as a gaping hole in the center of her being. But she was finally prescribed the right medication. 

 

Ian Curtis (joy Division) - Depression - Took his own life at the age of just 23

Ian Curtis, Post-punk pioneer he co-founded Joy Division in 1976. As the band steadily gained notoriety, Curtis sank deeper and deeper into depression. His dissolving marriage and diagnosis of epilepsy only augmented his problems.  As the band prepared for their first North American tour, Curtis committed suicide. He died far too young, but left behind a legacy that is still remembered today.   </p><p>As the band prepared for their first North American tour, Curtis committed suicide. He died far too young, but left behind a legacy that is still remembered today.</p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p></p>

Ian Curtis, Post-punk pioneer he co-founded Joy Division in 1976. As the band steadily gained notoriety, Curtis sank deeper and deeper into depression. His dissolving marriage and diagnosis of epilepsy only augmented his problems.

As the band prepared for their first North American tour, Curtis committed suicide. He died far too young, but left behind a legacy that is still remembered today.