It started with a song… well actually it started with an idea by Ralph to compile a double album of 40 out of 400 unsigned Indie bands featured on the Ralph’s Life music blog and Radio KC. It comes as no surprise that all 40 bands Ralph chose for this project donated their music within 5 days of the request. 3 weeks later the crowd funding project was launched on Friday, 22nd November, 2013. The main purpose of this double album is to raise funds for the mental health awareness charity Rethink by way of The Fine Line Project.
Why am I writing about The Ralph’s Life CD project you might be asking yourself right now? Surely Ralph, Rethink and The Fine Line Project are perfectly capable of promoting this you say. Yes, they are, but there are reasons each and every one of us should promote it as well. My reasons are simple. 1) Mental Illness is the unspoken disease no one likes to talk about. It affects one in four people so it is easy to assume that someone reading this blog is currently affected by some type of mental health issue. I would even take it a step further, and say that we have all been affected by mental illness in some way, shape or form. It shouldn’t be a secret, that’s whispered about. If we are truly a civilized society, we need to bring these issues to the forefront of everyday conversations. 2) Its the Holidays and more people are affected by mental health problems during this time of the year than any other… people are lonely, they are hurting and they need help. 3) It isn’t all that long ago that this same stigma was placed on people with other illnesses including cancer.
This project can help open minds and hearts to the plight of those suffering and provide us with an amazing compilation of indie music. The artists have given of themselves with their music so we can enjoy it. It is a chance to effect real change in the world so that people no longer feel the need to hide before it’s too late. If you or someone you know is currently suffering from mental illness, please get help. Mental Illness is just that an ‘illness’ like any other.
Tis the season for giving and Ralph has made it very easy for us to give, just click THIS LINK it will take you directly to the crowd funding site. There are many options available, all you really need to do is give a gift and you’ll get a gift in return. For the price of a cup of coffee or tea you can help to change how society looks at mental illness and feel good at the same time. How often does that happen in life? Let’s do this! Pay it forward!
I leave you now with a video of Ralph explaining this Crowd Funder & the Soundcloud compilation of songs. Give it a listen. After you have, all I ask is that you open your mind, open your heart and your wallet of course! Click on THIS LINK !
Let’s do this! Pay it forward! I just did. Give what you can, give with your heart.
It started with a song…
.. and ended with a smile! 🙂
For more information about the Ralph’s Life CD and the artists involved, please visit the following websites:
Crowd Funding Campaign: Music Supporting Mental Health Awareness