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The Importance of Mental Health in 2018

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Talking about mental health issues is not easy. It’s difficult to understand for people who are lucky to have never dealt with it, it’s equally hard for those who are affected. It’s very personal, and it makes both parties very uncomfortable to have an open dialog like that. No one likes “uncomfortable”. Let’s look at the way our society has been traditionally communicating for ages. Say, you casually meet up with a friend. What’s the first thing you say? “Hey, what’s up? How’ve you been?” – something along those lines, right? How often do you hear: “Hey man, I’ve been really struggling lately, it seems like nothing makes sense, I’m kind of lost, I don’t know what to do, I need to talk to someone”. I bet you’ve just raised your eyebrows, like, “Well, why the hell would they say something like that?”. It’s because we are EXPECTED to just brainlessly spit out “Fine, and you?”. We are expected to be fine. We’re told it’s not “normal” not to be. It builds up from a young age, when some children will refer to others as “crazy” or “weird”, when they just don’t feel good emotionally, and these terms are used even throughout adulthood as well. So we’re just embarrassed to talk about it, or even frightened, just like gays were once embarrassed to speak about their sexual preferences, and women were once not allowed to vote or to have a job. Our perception of this problem is archaic. And we pay the price.

Suicides have become a #10 cause of death in the United States (Health United States, 2016 Table 19). 18.1% of Americans ages 18 and older experience a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year (SAMHSA 2014: Behavioral Health Trends in the United States, p.28). We’re talking about depression, post-traumatic stress, panic attacks, anxiety, etc. And think about it, those are only people who actually got diagnosed, which means they went to the doctor or asked for help. But, unfortunately, most of the time it doesn’t happen. There are many reasons behind that, but the most important one is the lack of knowledge about this matter. People who deal with depression and anxiety on a daily basis, they often don’t realize something is wrong with them, for them this state of mind is their norm. Or when it reaches a critical point, they don’t realize that it could be treated, and get stuck in fear, that pushes them to end their lives. On the other hand, people who surround those affected, need to be aware of the symptoms and possible signs of decreasing mental health. They need to be there to offer a solution in time or call for help. It’s especially important when we talk about vulnerable, sensitive groups of people. Like people of arts, for example. In the modern world art became very underappreciated and undervalued. People take everything for granted: music, movies, photography, fine art… everything is available at the click of a button. And artists have a very strong emotional connection with their art, so when some people crushing those waves of pointless criticism and hate speeches, usually hiding behind the screen, it’s irritating, and it hurts. Since 2011, more people died of suicide in the United States than in motor vehicle crashes! The numbers are telling us to seriously educate ourselves to treat people with respect, to recognize the signs of emotional suffering in ourselves and in others, and to change the culture of mental health for better. We work hard to make our cars safer, right?! So why not making our society a safer place? Starting with ourselves.

(Written by Andrey Borzykin of Major Moment)

Combining captivating original sounds of alternative rock with their international roots, Major Moment knows how to create new worlds within their music. Inspired by acts like Linkin Park, Nine Inch Nails, 30 Seconds To Mars and more, the band is on a mission to inspire others, encourage them to follow their dreams, and learn to appreciate life. 

This September, Major Moment brings you One Small StEP, a record of various strong topics, including relationship, perspective, and loss. What makes the record even more special, is its dedication to Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, one of the band’s biggest inspirations. One Small StEP features a #makechesterproud tagline.

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The Biggest Music News of 2017

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The past year has been a whirlwind of news, both good and bad. We’ve seen career-launching debuts, established artists moving in completely new directions, and artists stepping in and speaking out to make a difference. Unfortunately, we have also suffered the losses of truly influential artists who helped shape the music world that we know today. It’s hard to keep up with so much going on all the time, so Cliché is here to help you out. We’ve compiled a list of the biggest music news of 2017.

 

January 19: Planned Parenthood Benefit
Common and The National co-headline the Planned Parenthood Benefit called Show Up! It was intentionally planned to take place the night before the presidential inauguration. The stars choose to take a stand for reproductive rights and justice for women.

January 25: Big Sean Raises $100k for Flint
In an appearance on the The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, Big Sean announces that his foundation raised over $100,000 for Flint, Michigan in an attempt to help the city during its water crisis. He also reveals that the Flint Chosen Choir will appear on his upcoming album, I Decided.

The Biggest Music News of 2017: Image Courtesy of Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Image Courtesy of Christopher Polk/Getty Images

February 12: Grammy Awards
Adele breaks her Grammy award for Album of the Year, which she won with 25, and hands it over to Beyoncé, citing Lemonade as a dominant force of cultural change.

February 15: Musicians Come Together to Oppose Texas Bathroom Bill
Dozens of musicians, including Jack Antonoff, Wilco, and Lady Gaga come together to co-sign a letter addressed to state senators that opposes a bathroom bill in Texas, which would ban transgender people from using the restroom of their choice.

February 22: Jay-Z is Elected for Songwriters Hall of Fame
Among other inductees, Jay-Z stands out as the first rapper to be elected into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. This marks a transition for rap, as it becomes more accepted as part of the popular music scene.

February 28: Academy Awards
Justin Hurwitz takes home the award for best original score for La La Land, and the motion picture’s original song “City Of Stars” takes home best original song as well. Justin Timberlake kicked off the night with a performance of “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” which was also nominated for an award.

March 7: SXSW Changes Artist Contract
SXSW releases a public apology and promises not to escalate issues of safety at the festival past local authorities. The festival had been experiencing extreme backlash regarding an artist contract that stated the festival reserves the right to contact immigration authorities about foreign artists who may or may not be legally attending the showcases.

March 10: Either/Or Is Reissued
In honor of its 20th anniversary, the legendary lo-fi album Either/Or by the late songwriter Elliott Smith is reissued. This deluxe set includes rare tracks, live performances, and a never before heard song.

The Biggest Music News of 2017: Image Courtesy of Michael Putland/Getty Images

Image Courtesy of Michael Putland/Getty Images

April 16: Allan Holdsworth Passes Away
The revered guitarist was found unexpectedly dead at age 70. Cited as being as influential as other legends like Chuck Berry, Holdsworth never stopped touring. Some of his musical projects include Soft Machine and U.K.

April 22: Record Store Day
An annual event celebrating the vinyl record, Record Store Day is a time where music-makers and music-lovers alike can come together within safe spaces to do what they love most: listen to amazing records.

May 10: PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins Accused of Assault
A victim’s stories about an alleged sexual assault by Ben Hopkins begins circulating on social media, causing a widespread attack on the once beloved Brooklyn power-pop duo. The band releases a statement claiming this is a misunderstanding, but they are dropped by their label and their albums are removed from streaming services.

The Biggest Music News of 2017: Image Courtesy of Ethan Miller/BBMA17

Image Courtesy of Ethan Miller/BBMA17

May 22: Billboard Music Awards
Drake is the star of the hour, taking home multiple awards, including Top Artist, Top Streaming Songs Artist, Top Rap Tour, and more. The event is hosted by Ludacris, who has hosted previously, and Vanessa Hudgens.

May 22: Manchester Bombing at Ariana Grande Concert
Tragedy struck as an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was bombed, endangering thousands, injuring dozens, and killing 22, most of whom were children. Regarded as one of the biggest tragedies in the history of concerts, this event led to Grande penning a letter about staying strong and facing fear. She announces she will be returning to Manchester for a benefit concert.

The Biggest Music News of 2017: Image Courtesy of Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images

Image Courtesy of Kevin Mazur/One Love Manchester/Getty Images

June 4: Manchester Benefit Concert
In the wake of the Manchester Bombing, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry, Coldplay, Miley Cyrus, and more celebrities return to the city in order to perform at a benefit concert that will alleviate the burden of the victims. Attendees of the concert in May are offered free tickets.

June 7: Site of Woodstock Joins Registry of Historic Places
The home to one of the most famous music festivals of all time, the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is added to the National Register of Historic Places. This venue hosted the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969.

June 8: Taylor Swift Returns to Spotify
After criticizing the streaming service and removing her entire music catalog, Taylor Swift decides to make amends with Spotify. She tweets that she will be returning her entire discography to the platform.

The Biggest Music News of 2017: Image Courtesy of Walter Bieri/LA Times

Image Courtesy of Walter Bieri/LA Times

July 20: Chester Bennington Passes Away
The lead singer of Linkin Park, Chester Bennington, is found dead at age 41 in a Los Angeles house. It is suspected to be a suicide. His death is a shock to the music community as a whole, and he is mourned widely and celebrated for his contributions to alternative rock.

August 8: Glen Campbell Passes Away
It is announced that the country music legend has passed away in a care facility after a long and public struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He is remembered for his songwriting, which blurred the lines between country and pop.

August 17: Spotify Removes Racist Music
In response to the violent white supremacy rallies in Charlottesville, VA, Spotify begins removing racist music from its databases. This includes any artists that are openly neo-fascist or racist, or those that incite violence against certain groups of people.

August 28: MTV’s VMA Awards
Katy Perry hosts MTV’s annual Video Music Awards show, which features performances by Miley Cyrus, Lorde, Kyle, and more. Taylor Swift premieres her video for “Look What You Made Me Do” at the show, and Kendrick Lamar receives the coveted Video of the Year award for “HUMBLE.”

September 7: Spotify and Hulu Announce Streaming Bundle
In an effort to face competitors in the streaming world, Spotify and Hulu teamed up to offer college students a new discounted bundle; they can receive both for only five dollars a month.

September 26: Chance the Rapper Performs New Song Live
After a busy few years of touring and raising awareness about problems in the Chicago Public School system, Chance came back with a new original and unrecorded song on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. It is one of his most personal songs to date.

The Biggest Music News of 2017: Image Courtesy of Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

Image Courtesy of Richard E. Aaron/Redferns

October 2: Tom Petty Passes Away
Amid a few confusing news reports, it is announced that the rockstar and voice behind Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is officially dead at age 66. He fell into cardiac arrest in his Malibu home and was rushed to a nearby hospital, but he passes peacefully surrounded by friends and family.

October 10: BET Hip-Hop Awards
Eminem performs a cypher at the BET Awards, directly attacking President Trump and his work in the office. He receives high praise from fans, and even Colin Kaepernick tweets at him in solidarity.

November 8: THE CMAS
The 51st annual Country Music Awards take place in Nashville. They are hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.

November 19: THE AMAS
The American Music Awards take place in Los Angeles at the Microsoft theater, with Bruno Mars taking the highest number of nominations. Diana Ross receives a lifetime achievement award for her contributions to music.

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Remembering Chester Bennington of Linkin Park

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Truth be told, this is something most wouldn’t feel amped to write about. Or maybe just not today. The music world once again grew heavy with the unfortunate loss of another talented artist, living now in our memories. On July 20, 2017, singer Chester Bennington of Linkin Park was found dead in his home, due to suicide.

For long-time fans, and maybe the angst-ridden casual listeners, Bennington was the voice we found comfort in. He was part of a very influential group and extended his passion for music with other talented musicians with varying sounds. Not only was he talented in voice, but he had remarkable writing ability:

And the sun will set for you
The sun will set for you
And the shadow of the day
Will embrace the world in gray
And the sun will set for you

The band was on their North American leg of the One More Light tour, now canceled, for their recently released album. During a stop at his home in California, Bennington succumbed to his depression and was found by a housekeeper the next morning. Fellow band member, Mike Shinoda, confirmed the news on Twitter and in a matter of moments, it seemed as if everything stopped.

A reality.

Bennington suffered from depression and the loss of close friend and musician Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audio Slave, who also committed suicide in early May. Bennington is survived by his six children and wife. Linkin Park, never shying away from the heavy topics, turned their website into a front page and open letter for Bennington and provided links and resources for those who suffer in silence.

An Open Letter.

Dear Chester,

Our hearts are broken. The shockwaves of grief and denial are still sweeping through our family as we come to grips with what has happened.

You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized. In the past few days, we’ve seen an outpouring of love and support, both public and private, from around the world. Talinda and the family appreciate it, and want the world to know that you were the best husband, son, and father; the family will never be whole without you.

Talking with you about the years ahead together, your excitement was infectious. Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing. We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place. You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.

Our love for making and performing music is inextinguishable. While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you. Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.

Until we see you again,

LP

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A reminder.

This world is very vast but for many of us, famous or otherwise, there is someone who cares and believes your influence is significant…because, “If a moment is all we are, we’re quicker, quicker. Who cares if one more light goes out? Well, I do.

Out of the Darkness.

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide, please visit the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website or call their hotline at 1-800-273-8255 It’s free, it’s private, and 24/7. It can make a difference.

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