This may be a tad late in coming but a promise is a promise.
This week I’d like to do something different with the Happenings column, something that hopefully will make a difference for school-aged kids or any kids for that matter. We`ll start by helping kids in our area and extend this message to help all bullied kids around the globe.
After being in the radio biz for more than 20 years and having had countless requests phoned in, I’d like to turn the tables and ask a request of you. It’s to download a song that packs such a powerful message about something that effects so many.
During anti-bullying week I received a note from one of my many contacts, a Mr. Eric Alper who is the director of media relations, licensing and distribution at eOne Music Canada in Toronto.
"I don’t know about you, but "Artists Against/True Colours" could be the most important song of 2012 by Canadian artist(s). Scratch that, actually — it IS the important song, bar none.
It’s not even on our label — we don’t even distribute Wax Records, and this is so bizarre for me to write to you about this song, since that’s not what we do since there’s, you know, competition and all ... but screw it. They don’t even know I’m writing this email.
If you’re not playing this song, you need to. If you’re already playing it, play it more. Or post on your website. It’s that important. And not just during Anti-Bullying Week, but longer than that.
I have a nine-year-old daughter, Hannah, and the No. 1 biggest fear from kids at her school isn’t the environment, nor is Justin Bieber really dating again, but bullying.
I think we’ve all had people in our lives tell us we couldn’t do something, being told we’re different for dressing/talking/acting differently — isn’t that why we love music so much? We’re outsiders!
Now imagine being a kid again. And now add social media to the picture. It’s worse now, believe me. And kids need our help, from adults, from parents and from the gatekeepers of fine songs like this when they’re brought to you to help spread the word that the victims are loved, and there is help for them.
To be honest, bullying is just like a disease because you don’t make it happen and it does not just go away overnight.
But songs like this can make a difference to not just the kids, but a fine organization Kids Help Phone. We all know the fine work they do.
900,000 children get bullied everyday in Canada — out of 5.2 million students! That means that approximately one out of five students gets bullied every single day. Let’s support them, support this song, and let the kids know there’s another way, and that help is available.
Anyway, here’s Hannah’s post on bullying. It’s the most she can do at this point. You’re all in a position where you can do much, much more.
This is a video that I want everyone to see. "True Colors" by some of my favourite Canadian artists who got together to call themselves "Artists Against". They include Jacob Hoggard of Hedley, Lights, Pierre Bouvier of Simple Plan, Fefe Dobson, Kardinal Offishall, Alyssa Reid, and Walk Off The Earth. They all came together for Bullying Awareness Week! It is to support Kids Help Phone. Kids Help Phone is a phone number for kids and teenagers to call and there is always someone there to listen and to talk to you to help you with a problem big or small. Sometimes it’s hard for kids to talk to their parents, teachers or friends about bullying and Kids Help Phone is there for you. Bulling is not fair. I wish that people would treat people the the way that they want to be treated themselves.
Being a bully does not make you cool.
Being a bully does not make you popular.
Being a bully does not make you tough.
Being a bully does not make you smart.
Being a bully makes you stupid.
End of story.
I hope that the more we talk about bullying, the less it will happen.
This song is available to purchase on iTunes. All of the money will go to support Kids Help Phone. If you enjoy the video and the song, go buy it. I did.
Have your contacts list post the video, write a post about bullying, tweet the song, share the video on Facebook. Have them do something, even if your artists aren’t involved with this — the solution to bullying is much bigger than one artist, one label, one distro, one manager, one publicist, but together we can make a massive and life-changing difference to the kids. This is one cause I can get behind, and hope you’ll be with me.
Thanks for reading this email. And thank you for playing the song.
Dad, Publicist, in that order"
Eric’s note was so compelling that I immediately checked out the song. Then I decided to do you whatever I could to help stop bullying in our schools or wherever such behaviour may rear its ugly head.
Here is the iTunes link to purchase the song:
Or if you like you can link directly through my blog at www.KX96Online.com — this note is up there and you can link to purchase the tune and see the video.
At the very least, paste the link of my blog on your Twitter, Facebook, linked in or whichever social media you so choose.
Please do it for all kids who risk being bullied here in Westman or anywhere for that matter. Do it for your kid(s), your grandkids, the neighbours’ kids, a friend’s kids and for Eric`s daughter Hannah.
Let`s do what we can to end bullying once and for all.
Frank McGwire is a radio personality and booster of the music scene in Brandon and Westman.
@04.4 Brief Hed:Future Happenings:
Dec. 8 — It’s a double shot of home grown rock and blues as Chase the Black Sunshine and The Bad Marleys rise over the Decker. First set starts shortly after 9 p.m.
Dec. 7 — Karaoke
Dec. 14 — Cory Brown
Dec. 7 — annual Untied Way Christmas Tree Auction; following the auction, Tangle Box hits the stage
Dec. 13 — Naughty or Nice Christmas Social
Dec. 14 — Nuthin But Trouble
Redeemer Lutheran Church:
Dec. 7 — "Amero Little Christmas"; celebrate the season with Don Amero and Red Moon Road; visit www.donamero.com to find out how to purchase tickets. Partial proceeds in support of Canadian Feed The Children
Dec. 7-8 — Day After Nashville
Dec. 14-15 — The Service
Dec. 6-8 — Disney’s "The Little Mermaid Jr."; showtimes at 7 p.m. nightly
Dec. 9 — Ron James (Canada’s funniest comedian)
Dec. 10 — RCA band "Christmas in the Trenches"
Dec. 14 — Frank Mills "A Music Box Dancer" Christmas