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Feels Like Healing

This is a podcast where people talk about how their creativity has helped them deal with grief. Hosted by Al Lewis

In this podcast, I wanted to talk to creative people about how grief and loss has manifested itself in their work and how creativity can be an immense healing tool for all of us when dealing with grief and loss. My Dad d
Latest Episode9/5/2022

Hugo White (The Maccabees)

Season 1, Ep. 11
This week my guest is the record producer/guitarist/songwriter Hugo White. Hugo was one of the founding members of the Mercury prize nominated indie rock band The Maccabees. They released four albums between 2007-2015: Colour It In, Wall of Arms, Given to the Wild and their final album Marks to Prove It. Hugo has since gone on to work as a record producer, including on the latest #1 album by Jamie T 'The Theory of Whatever'.We talk about how Hugo used songwriting to help him process the death of his Mum, who passed away when Hugo was just 16, following a 12 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. We discuss the role that MS has played in both our lives, the impact that parenthood has had on our grief and Hugo's new band with his brothers, 86TVs. You can find more information about Hugo by following him on Instagram / Twitter @hugowhitenoiseFor more information about the MS Society visit: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/Music featured in this episode:'Silence' by The Maccabees (Listen here: https://bit.ly/3Rk4ik8 )Feels Like Healing is a show where I talk to creative people about how grief has shaped their art.These conversations are here to show how those who have suffered loss have found comfort and solace through the act of being creative and how creativity can help us all better understand our grief and reach a place of healing.::You can follow Feels Like Healing on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook @flhpodcastProduced / Edited by Al LewisTheme music by Al Lewis
9/5/2022

Hugo White (The Maccabees)

Season 1, Ep. 11
This week my guest is the record producer/guitarist/songwriter Hugo White. Hugo was one of the founding members of the Mercury prize nominated indie rock band The Maccabees. They released four albums between 2007-2015: Colour It In, Wall of Arms, Given to the Wild and their final album Marks to Prove It. Hugo has since gone on to work as a record producer, including on the latest #1 album by Jamie T 'The Theory of Whatever'.We talk about how Hugo used songwriting to help him process the death of his Mum, who passed away when Hugo was just 16, following a 12 year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. We discuss the role that MS has played in both our lives, the impact that parenthood has had on our grief and Hugo's new band with his brothers, 86TVs. You can find more information about Hugo by following him on Instagram / Twitter @hugowhitenoiseFor more information about the MS Society visit: https://www.mssociety.org.uk/Music featured in this episode:'Silence' by The Maccabees (Listen here: https://bit.ly/3Rk4ik8 )Feels Like Healing is a show where I talk to creative people about how grief has shaped their art.These conversations are here to show how those who have suffered loss have found comfort and solace through the act of being creative and how creativity can help us all better understand our grief and reach a place of healing.::You can follow Feels Like Healing on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook @flhpodcastProduced / Edited by Al LewisTheme music by Al Lewis
8/29/2022

Jesse Ryan

Season 1, Ep. 10
This week my guest is Trinidadian-born saxophonist Jesse Ryan. Jesse is a saxophonist and composer with a keen interest in the connections between jazz and Afro-Caribbean musical traditions and communicating transcendent ideas through his music. Ryan’s debut album Bridges (2020) was nominated for a JUNO award and he was the recipient that year of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Jazz Artist Award.Ryan grew up in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago surrounded by a rich heritage of music and is the grandson of one of the islands’ calypso veteran, the late Clifton Ryan, aka the “Mighty Bomber”.When he moved to Toronto in 2013, he had this unspoken fear of losing a loved one while he was away. That became a reality in 2017 when his mother was diagnosed with cancer and passed away on July 27, 2017. He was in Toronto when she passed away and couldn’t travel home in time to be with her. When that happened, he knew that one of the ways that he could deal with the trauma and process his grief was to write some music. That’s how the song 'The Night Before She Passed' came about.You can find more information about Jesse via his website: https://www.jesseryanmuzik.com/or follow Jesse on Instagram @jesseryansaxMusic featured in this episode:'The Night Before She Passed' by Jesse Ryan (Listen here: https://bit.ly/3CC54EJ)Feels Like Healing is a show where I talk to creative people about how grief has shaped their art.These conversations are here to show how those who have suffered loss have found comfort and solace through the act of being creative and how creativity can help us all better understand our grief and reach a place of healing.::You can follow Feels Like Healing on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook @flhpodcastProduced / Edited by Al LewisTheme music by Al Lewis
8/22/2022

Gary Andrews

Season 1, Ep. 9
This week my guest is former Disney illustrator Gary Andrews. A few years back Gary started keeping a 'doodle diary' of daily events, as a happily married father-of-two it involved documenting the joy of family life with his wife and children. Sadly, not long after starting this daily exercise, Gary's wife Joy contracted and tragically died from sepsis and Gary was suddenly thrown into a new life as a widower and a single parent. The night of Joy's death Gary opened up his diary notebook and simply drew a broken heart. This was to be the beginning of a new chapter for Gary's 'doodle diary'. Throughout the various stages of his grief, Gary continued to document his thoughts and emotions as drawings on paper, gaining himself a huge following online along the way.We talk about how Gary has used drawing to help him process the untimely death of Joy and how his drawings have helped open up conversations online about widowhood and grief.In 2020, Gary's grief inspired doodles were made into a beautiful book 'Finding Joy'. You can purchase 'Finding Joy' here : Amazon : https://amzn.to/3Pv2d3jYou can find more information about Gary via his website: http://www.garyscribbler.co.uk/or follow him on Instagram / Twitter @garyscribblerFeels Like Healing is a show where I talk to creative people about how grief has shaped their art.These conversations are here to show how those who have suffered loss have found comfort and solace through the act of being creative and how creativity can help us all better understand our grief and reach a place of healing.::You can follow Feels Like Healing on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook @flhpodcastProduced / Edited by Al LewisTheme music by Al Lewis
8/8/2022

Sam Brookes

Season 1, Ep. 7
My guest this week is English singer/songwriter Sam Brookes. Sam is a Bristol-based alt folk artist who has featured and collaborated with artists as diverse as Lucy Rose and Basement Jaxx. His 2011 eponymous debut saw him named as Sunday Times ‘Breaking Act’ and his independently released follow up Kairos was picked as one of the best albums of 2014 by The Independent. Considerable streaming success and support slots for the likes of Willy Mason, Scott Matthews and Joan Armatrading have also earned Sam a dedicated following.Black Feathers, which was released in 2020, is Sam's first album in six years and is described as “a meditation on grief”.We talk about how Sam began writing the songs for Black Feathers as a response to several significant (and traumatic) life events which all occurred within a short space of time, the end of a long-term relationship, the death of his Dad and also the loss of a friend to suicide.You can find more information about Sam at: https://www.sambrookes.com/or follow Sam on Instagram / @sambrookesMusic featured in this episode:'18 and Sleeping' by Sam Brookes (Listen here: https://bit.ly/3vNyf3k)Feels Like Healing is a show where I talk to creative people about how grief has shaped their art.These conversations are here to show how those who have suffered loss have found comfort and solace through the act of being creative and how creativity can help us all better understand our grief and reach a place of healing.::You can follow Feels Like Healing on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook @flhpodcastProduced / Edited by Al LewisTheme music by Al Lewis
8/1/2022

Mary Erskine (Me for Queen)

Season 1, Ep. 6
This week my guest is Scottish singer/songwriter Mary Erskine. Growing up in rural Fife in a big old house near the sea, she started writing songs when she was 13. Mary first came to prominence as the lead singer of band 'Talk in Colour', before embarking on a solo career under the moniker 'Me for Queen'.Mary's excellent cycling inspired album 'Iron Horse' was released at the very apt Stratford Velodrome in 2014 where the stage electricity for the whole launch was provided uniquely by cycle power from the audience. Mary is also in demand as a theatre writer and session musician playing on recordings and live performances for various artists.  We talk about how Mary turned to songwriting to help her process the often unspoken trauma of miscarriage.You can find more information about Mary at: https://www.meforqueen.comSupport her via her Ko-Fi page: https://ko-fi.com/meforqueenor follow Mary on Instagram / Twitter @MeForQueenMusic featured in this episode:'These Hands' by Me For Queen (Listen here: https://meforqueen.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-red-gables-ep)'Inside' by Me for QueenFeels Like Healing is a show where I talk to creative people about how grief has shaped their art.These conversations are here to show how those who have suffered loss have found comfort and solace through the act of being creative and how creativity can help us all better understand our grief and reach a place of healing.::You can follow Feels Like Healing on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook @flhpodcastProduced / Edited by Al LewisTheme music by Al Lewis
7/25/2022

John Parker (Nizlopi)

Season 1, Ep. 5
This week my guest is English double bassist John Parker. John first came to prominence as one half of the band Nizlopi, which he formed in Leamington Spa with his best friend from school Luke Concannon.In 2004, they released their first album Half These Songs Are About You, "JCB" became a single from that album and reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on the 18 December 2005. It eventually won the duo an Impala Platinum award recognising sales of over 500,000 copies of the song across Europe in 2007.John now works as a freelance session player and has worked alongside artists such as Maz O'Connor, Polly Paulusma, Jake Morley and Paper Aeroplanes.We talk about how John used creativity and music as an outlet to help him through the grief of losing his Dad when he was 14. John also talks about what life has been like as a full-time carer for his Mum before she sadly passed away last year.You can follow John on Instagram @JP_Plays_Double_Bass_Music featured in this episode:'JCB Song' by Nizlopi (Listen here: https://bit.ly/3PvCdW8)Feels Like Healing is a show where I talk to creative people about how grief has shaped their art.These conversations are here to show how those who have suffered loss have found comfort and solace through the act of being creative and how creativity can help us all better understand our grief and reach a place of healing.::You can follow Feels Like Healing on Instagram / Twitter / Facebook @flhpodcastProduced / Edited by Al LewisTheme music by Al Lewis