Meanwhile, as I’m busy being all self involved and divulging a bunch of irrelevant anecdotes, other people are actually doing something important.
TheSteinbergPrinciple, fellow WordPress blogger and – quite obviously – all round good-guy, recently compiled a release called Gold Day: The Songs of Linkous, Smith and Chesnutt, with proceeds from the sale going to Depression Alliance UK. The compilation is currently available to purchase for £7.00 via Bandcamp. The tracks are also able to be purchased individually for £1.00, so whether you can only give a little or are just interested in one or two tracks, you’ve got plenty of options.
As the name might suggest, the compilation features cover versions of tracks originally by Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse), Elliott Smith and Vic Chesnutt, all of whom took their own lives, and consequently, their light from the world. While they are no longer with us, they each left more than a worthwhile musical legacy in their wake. A release such as this serves to honour the invaluable contribution these artists made to music, as well as bring awareness to the condition they each suffered from and ultimately succumbed to, so that ultimately, we can work towards preventing further loss.
Depression is still one of the most misunderstood afflictions and all too often treated like a four-letter word. Thankfully, the music industry has a time-honoured tradition of welcoming and honouring all four-letter words. Aside from paying tribute to Linkous, Smith and Chesnutt, and as well as donating to a worthy cause, you’ll receieve 14 tracks from some truly wonderful artists.
There’s Rivulets‘ breakingly tender version of Painbirds (Sparklehorse), Glissando also offer their own ethereal post-rock perspective on another Sparklehorse track, It’s A Wonderful Life, while fellow Gizeh artist Sleepingdog sings a beautiful Saturday.
Dream-folk songstress Lotte Kestner (of Trespassers William) contributed a version of Vic Chesnutt’s Flirted With You All My Life, which is given a different perspective later on by There Will Be Fireworks. Both are unique to the respective artists and both are very welcome insight to what is now a particularly poignant song.
For Elliot Smith, Burnt Island provide a haunting folk lullaby version of Between the Bars, while Pink Pills give Needle in the Hay an almost dream-punk acoustic take.
Of course, that’s only the half of it. Lovers Turn To Monsters, Kieran Naughton (Deserter’s Deserve Death), Small Town Boredom, Rob St John, Luke Joyce (The Gothenburg Address) plus The Unwinding Hours & RM Hubbert all give equally excellent contributions.
So, to sum up, for £7.00 you:
- Pay tribute to three gifted and sadly missed musicians
- Donate to a worthy charity
- Get 14 great tracks by a bunch of amazing artists
Aren’t they awesome things to achieve with such a small amount of money? Of course they are – go do it! 😉
And in case you missed the links:
Click here to find out more from and/or about TheSteinbergPrinciple
Click here to visit the Bandcamp page and spend your monies on a good cause
Click here to visit Depression Alliance UK and educate or help yourself, or someone you know