Be kind!

People are very weird, even more so on the internet.

Just a couple of days ago, a band I used to follow on every platform, a band that disbanded in 2020, posted a statement that one of their members made a suicide attempt. The statement shared all kinds of very personal information about mental illnesses and it also addresses rumours that have been floating around for years, about said musician.

I am, of course, talking about Anathema and Daniel Cavanagh.

Anathema’s statement on Facebook (I hope the link works, I don’t use FB, I deactivated my account a while ago)

I was indeed shocked to read the statement, because I was heavily influenced by this band during my formative years. Even now, when I need something comforting, I go back to this band’s music, and I am looking forward to the new project that has been announced a while ago – Weather Systems. Now, I am not a die-hard fan, I am not one who reads rumours or comments on posts, but here, I did. And I shouldn’t have.

Instead of showing compassion though, there are comments (on Instagram or Reddit) wondering if the statement is even true or if it is a way of extorting more money from fans – Mr Cavanagh, through a fan of the band, was/is asking fans to donate money to a Go Fund Me campaign to be able to record a new album of his new project – Weather Systems.

Where is all this hate coming from? And why is it directed towards a literal stranger? A man who is on his knees as it is.

There are also the comments telling that they love him and how much he influenced them. Nice ones. But they don’t stick out as much.

I wonder… If I were a musician who was suffering through all this, and decided that it is time to step forward, to strip my soul bare; if I read those comments, the nice ones would certainly give me a lift, but the negative ones, I think they would send me down a downward spiral.

What is happening in this world that people can’t show a little respect, compassion, and empathy towards a man who felt so wrong on this earth that he wanted to erase his existence?

I cannot understand this. Not one bit. It makes me lose faith in humanity.

Be kind. Be gentle. And don’t judge without knowing the facts. Everyone is fighting a battle, even if we can’t see it.

To Dan, I wish lots of strength, love, and patience. The world is a better place with you in it. πŸ’œβœ¨πŸ’œ

Listen to CATHEDRAL by Weather Systems on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/4TYve

Saturday Song

Keep Shelly in Athens – we want more

Keep Shelly in Athens is a Greek duo formed in 2010 and the above song can be found on the 2017 release Philokalia.

Enjoy… I know I do. πŸ™‚

Wednesday Song

Depeche Mode – it doesn’t matter

It doesn’t matter, off the album “some great reward” (1984)

I love this album very much, I have to say. Then again, I like Depeche Mode a lot. “It doesn’t matter” is sung and written by Martin L. Gore. The song can be heard on the fourth album this British band released. Fourth album!!

I am happy that I have you
Even though you’re not here now
I know somewhere You are dreaming
Though it’s definitely not of me

It doesn’t matter If this all shatters
Nothing lasts forever
But I’m praying
That we’re staying
Together

I am warmed by your friendship
Even when you’re far away
And I’m happy In the knowledge
We may never see the day

When I kiss you And you kiss me
Don’t pretend you miss me
The worst kind Of diseased mind
Is one filled with jealousy

If we should meet again
Don’t try to solve the puzzle
Just lay down next to me
And please don’t move a muscle

I will thank you Most of all for
The respect you have for me
I’m embarrassed, It overwhelms me
Because I don’t deserve any

It doesn’t matter If this all shatters
Nothing lasts forever
But I’m praying
That we’re staying
Together

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Wednesday Song

Weikie – raise our sunken ship

From the album with the same name (2012).

Weikie is a multi-instrumentalist, a creative mind and an extraordinary person. He is very clever, funny and gives great hugs, and great advice too. A special one who makes a special kind of music.

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A moment can’t outdo the ever. Adam Weikert (Weikie)

Tuesday Song

Michael Patrick Kelly – blurry eyes

From the album B.O.A.T.S. (2021)

This song grabbed me right unexpectedly in the feels. Beautiful lyrics.

Michael Patrick Kelly is quite known in Europe as part of the Kelly Family; back when he made music with his siblings, he used to be known as Paddy. When I was a teenage girl, most girls where in love with him. The entire celebrity thing became too much for the young man and he joined a monastery. But he comes from a musical family, it runs in his blood.

After several years he came back using his full name and becoming a successful solo artist.

Anyway… Beautiful song.

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Back to work today, after 11 days at home. I am torn about it. Worried, actually.

Monday Song

Sivert HΓΈyem – at our evening table

From the album “Endless Love” (2014)

Endless Love was this Norwegian’s fourth solo studio album. And it is awesome. But, I am biased. I love his voice.

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Monday Song

Death by Chocolate – give us a reason

The Swiss band Death by Chocolate released the above song on their second studio album called “crooked for you” (2017)

I like the energy of this song.

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It was a long day with a ten-hour shift, but it was a good one.

Sunday Song

Our Ceasing Voice – until your chest explodes

Taken from the 2013 album “that day next November” by the Austrian band Our Ceasing Voice.

I love that song.

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A little thing typically me: i was at work this afternoon. At 8, I took my stuff, said my goodbyes and walked to my car. I start the car and see the time. Couple minutes after 8. And then I realise. I was supposed to work until 9! So… I went back inside. I was asked if I forgot something and I replied: one hour of work. And how was your day. rofl I am home now (Rightfully) and poured myself a large beer. I deserve it.

Friday Song

Shawn Mendes – in my blood

From the 2018 album called Shawn Mendes.

Help me, it’s like the walls are caving in
Sometimes I feel like giving up
No medicine is strong enough
Someone help me
I’m crawling in my skin
Sometimes I feel like giving up
But I just can’t

Shawn Mendes – in my blood

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Another surprise song, I guess. πŸ™‚ Enjoy.