WAVES OF LIFE ALBUM – TO RAISE FUNDS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
BY NATHAN KAYE
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Depression hits so many of us in our communities. It is the silent self-torture that most are too scared to talk about.
5 people die of suicide each day in Australia. That’s higher than our road death toll. Over 45% of Australians will suffer from mental health issues in their life.
I’ve lost too many friends to suicide so I wish to get this issue out from under the rug so that the stigma of sharing is no longer there because a problem shared is a problem halved.
Why else is this important to me? It’s scary and hard for me to admit this publicly, but I have struggled with depression. In those times I was too frozen and ashamed to admit it to myself, let alone reach out to anyone for help. I felt alone. I never, in a million years, thought this could happen to me. I just didn’t see myself as ‘that’ person. So many people have relied upon me to be their inspiration and rock of hope, I felt that it would just let everyone I know down if they saw that I was afflicted by this pain. So I kept it hidden inside, but it just got worse by not speaking about it. Some mornings I couldn’t face even getting out of bed. I finally understood what it viscerally felt like.
Depression is a bizarre thing.
It’s not that, when you’re in it, you don’t experience many moments of joy, happiness, laughter, love, gratitude, peace, deep spiritual realisations or even the ability to give all those things to others. (think of Robin Williams as a famous example)
No, It’s not that black & white. It’s more subtle than that.
It’s almost constant like tinnitus ringing in your ears. Sometimes it is so loud it intrusively drowns out everything else. When it’s like that, it hurts, is debilitating & immobilising.
Other times it subtly blends into the background, seeming to always be there, but just underneath conscious awareness waiting for you to notice it until it pounces like a psychological predator screaming in your mind. Often drowning out reason & rationality to create retreating or recoiling from the world..
It was these songs that saved me from that dark pit.
We can let everyone know that it’s ok not to be ok sometimes, you’re not alone and good & bad comes in waves. It’s just the Waves of Life.
So I’ve written & recorded a powerful album called,
WAVES OF LIFE – Be Silent & Listen Part 1: Contemplation
dedicated to raising funds & awareness of those suffering from depression, mental illness & the dear ones we’ve lost to suicide.
Music has saved my life during dark times. In fact, these songs have rescued me & I feel deeply that they will help others too.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO LEND A HAND?
Be an important part of creating an album that can not only make a difference in people’s lives, but will raise funds and awareness for this issue.
Well, that’s why I’m launching this crowdfunding campaign for this important project & you can assist.
Will you lend a hand?
“It’s a horrible thing I’ve lived with my entire life and it’s often hard to explain even when life’s good I can still feel broken and worthless , I’ve found peace in a lot of NathanKaye music and the strong passionate spirit and positive messages” Joel
“Your songs are the ones I turn to in times of depression, anxiety disorder and even in the past when I’ve struggled with suicidal thoughts/attempts. I’ve lost so many to suicide and came extremely close myself… I remember when thinking you could do great things and healing with that song. Many of your songs actually. I’m sure it’s going to be an amazing album and I for sure will be buying them and handing them out like prescriptions to my loved ones and any lost souls I come across fighting the same struggle. Can’t wait to see this come together.” Kirby
WHERE THE FUNDS GO:
25% of album sales of WAVES OF LIFE will go directly to the chosen charity’s fabulous work. The goal is to initially raise over $9,000 from sales of the LP, CD & MP3 downloads of the new album to directly go towards an organisation that is helping people with mental health issues. [Currently in talks with these few fabulous organisations at the moment – Suicide Prevention Australia (who used my song, ‘Silence’, that I penned for a friend who suicided, as their theme song for 2004/2005), Beyond Blue, or Blackdog Institute.]
Much of the hard work with most of the professional recording and some of the mixing already done, so I’m not asking you to pay for that work and I know deep down that this peace of work will help many people, but what’s the point in making a great album that can really help folks if nobody gets to hear it? Especially those that need it most, so funds are needed to cover things such as professional mastering, pressing of both vinyl LP and CD formats, plus distribution and promotion so that it gets to as many ears and hearts as possible.
WHAT WE NEED AND WHAT YOU GET IN RETURN:
The target here is only $11,111.11 With all your compassionate hearts I’m certain we can far exceed that target. Let’s actually aim for $22,222,22! The more we raise together for WAVES OF LIFE the more people this will change the lives of for the better.
We only need to reach a daily goal of $123.50 to reach the target.
Can I be honest?
I’ve been scared to do a crowdfunding campaign. In fact, I was about to launch one back when I toured with Pete Murray in 2013, but touring was hectic and left little time to organise a campaign this important and this personal. The beauty is that I pretty much finished the album from the sweat off my own back & now you can help be a vital part of completing it.
AND YOU GET AWESOME REWARDS FOR HELPING OUT!
I’ve tried to be as generous and unique as possible so there’s cool stuff like:
- signed limited edition colour vinyl LPs
- you can commission me to actually write you or your loved one a song
- you can hire me to play at your wedding
- most of the packages include a download of an awesome Didgeridoo Meditation album that has been used in a mental health ward to help patients. It’s a sacred sonic guided meditation journey activating chakras and entraining the mind into theta brainwave states with organically made binaural pulses using traditional instruments such as Australian indigenous Didgeridoo and Turkish cümbüs… (more info on this here – https://www.facebook.com/visionaryvibrations )
There’s even outrageous things like:
- getting me to tattoo your name on my body or
- paying me to do a lapdance on you
The benefits are massive!
- You get to significantly contribute to Australian arts culture and independent music
- As well as support a really important cause
- All whilst getting cool stuff in return for your generous heart!!!
It’s a no brainer…
Theres heaps of rewards are just to the right here. Go for it!
WHEN YOU’LL RECEIVE YOUR REWARDS:
Once the campaign ends on May 19th it will take up to a couple of weeks to clear the funds. All digital downloads will be available at least 2 weeks prior to release.
Then it will take 2-4 weeks for things like CDs to be pressed, stickers, t-shirts, fridge magnets to be manufactured. Add a further 2 weeks approximately for postage/shipping to reach you.
Please note: it takes 16 weeks to press vinyl with a further 2 weeks or so for delivery to me here, then a further 2 weeks-ish to get to you. But believe me, the wait will be well worth it!
The most important reward is knowing that you’ve helped an independent Australian artist create a piece of work that will help heal and possibly rescue many people from dark places in their lives.
THANK YOU SO SO MUCH!