Counselling and Psychotherapy for our broken world
At the time of writing this in April 2022 our world is undergoing the shock and horror of another terrible war in Europe, displaced people all over the world seeking shelter and safety, poverty and struggle for survival increasing daily for millions and real fear for our continued existence on our planet.
So many of our leaders are proving themselves incapable of holding onto truth and integrity and exercising the responsibility that comes with the power they hold. As a result we are all living with so much that is disturbing and frightening, as survival itself rises higher up our awareness on a daily basis and our primitive brain and survival systems are triggered. .
As I begin to come through the initial shock about what is happening I find myself seeking again inspiration, wisdom, hope, something that will bring some sense of cohesion or just a thread of something that might help me hold all the many different and contradictory states stirred up inside me together. I feel it’s early days in our newly broken world so my steps are tentative.
The Ukranian Sunflower picture is my first sharing.
I welcome hearing about anything you have found that has been helpful to you at this time.
Click on the picture of Ukraine Sunflowers above to hear a moving performance of the Ukraine National Anthem by our own Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall recently.
Another moving piece is that by Pink Floyd and Andriy Khlyvnyuk a Ukrainian performer.
"Hey! Hey! Rise up!" released in support of the people of Ukraine, sees David Gilmour and Nick Mason joined by long time Pink Floyd bass player Guy Pratt and Nitin Sawhney on keyboards, all accompanying an extraordinary vocal by Andriy Khlyvnyuk of Ukrainian band Boombox. All proceeds go to Ukrainian Humanitarian Relief.
This is the first new original music that they have recorded together as a band since 1994’s The Division Bell.
The track uses Andriy’s vocals taken from his Instagram post of him in Kyiv’s Sofiyskaya Square singing ‘The Red Viburnum In The Meadow’, a rousing Ukrainian protest song written during the first world war. The title of the Pink Floyd track is taken from the last line of the song which translates as ‘Hey, hey, rise up and rejoice’. The song’s opening choral parts are by Ukrainian VERYOVKA Folk Song and Dance Ensemble.
Gilmour, who has a Ukrainian daughter-in-law and grandchildren says: “We, like so many, have been feeling the fury and the frustration of this vile act of an independent, peaceful democratic country being invaded and having its people murdered by one of the world's major powers”.
Gilmour explains how he came to know Andriy and his band Boombox. “In 2015, I played a show at Koko in London in support of the Belarus Free Theatre, whose members have been imprisoned. Pussy Riot and the Ukrainian band, Boombox, were also on the bill. They were supposed to do their own set, but their singer Andriy had visa problems, so the rest of the band backed me for my set - we played Wish You Were Here for Andriy that night. Recently I read that Andriy had left his American tour with Boombox, had gone back to Ukraine, and joined up with the Territorial Defense. Then I saw this incredible video on Instagram, where he stands in a square in Kyiv with this beautiful gold-domed church and sings in the silence of a city with no traffic or background noise because of the war. It was a powerful moment that made me want to put it to music.”
While writing the music for the track, David managed to speak with Andriy from his hospital bed in Kyiv where he was recovering from a mortar shrapnel injury. “I played him a little bit of the song down the phone line and he gave me his blessing. We both hope to do something together in person in the future.”