Sometimes ‘Hanging On’ is ‘the best we can do’
I am honoured to share with you this beautifully created video by Photographer and Video Artist Lucy Jane Purrington, her response to ‘Hanging On’ The St Illtud’s Sessions.
It is Mental Health Awareness Week and it seems a good time to be sharing and performing material that relates to this, and collaborating on projects with narratives around mental health.
‘Hanging On’ is the second track from my music project experiments in field recording at The Galilee Chapel, St Illtud’s Church. I wrote the track a few years ago as I was tumbling into melancholy and first performed it at The Welsh Mental Health Arts Festival at Wales Millennium Centre in November 2016, so its taken a while to record a version.
I very much admire the work of Artist Lucy Jane Purrington, whose self-portraits project focuses on themes of identity and mental health. Following some creative conversations between us, I sent her a copy of ‘Hanging On’ and was touched by how the song resonated with her and unfolded into this beautiful visual expression. We both love the sea and the video is filmed at locations on the Hertitage Coast in South Wales.
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To find out more about Mental Health Awareness Week visit www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Bel Blue ‘Hanging On’ (Music Video)
A film by Photographer and Video Artist Lucy Jane Purrington created in response to Bel Blue ‘Hanging On’ The St Illtud’s Sessions
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‘Hanging On’ From the forthcoming EP Bel Blue ‘The St Illtud’s Sessions’
Written by Bel Blue
Recorded at The Galilee Chapel, St Illtud’s Church, Llantwit Major, Wales
Bel Blue: vocals, guitar
Kevs Ford: keys, classical guitar
Produced by Kevs Ford, Bel Blue
Video: Lucy Jane Purrington
Film Footage Vale of Glamorgan, Heritage Coastline, Wales
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