BATH — On her newest album, “Sheepscot Valley Enchantress,” Georgetown-born singer-songwriter Lauren Crosby plucks an acoustic guitar crooning folks songs about psychological well being, together with anxiousness, despair, suicide and her personal experiences.
Crosby partnered with the Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness (NAMI) Maine to launch the album, and $1 from each album shall be donated to the Hallowell-based non-profit. NAMI Maine goals to help the one in four Mainers who battle with psychological sickness by training and advocacy.
The nine-track album is Crosby’s first solo acoustic album, a selection she made as a result of “this album is basically private to me so it’s very uncooked.”
“Numerous this album stemmed from dwelling alone as a younger, single skilled girl,” she mentioned. “I’m a self-employed feminine solo artist and the load of by no means feeling like I used to be doing sufficient or doing the precise factor. It wears me out. Generally I really feel like I’m continuously in a world of self-doubt and loneliness.”
She mentioned songwriting has been a type of self-expression for her all through her profession, particularly when she’s coping with damaging feelings, and desires folks listening to her album to be impressed to “create their very own avenue of coping with their very own emotions.”
The slower, acoustic-folk model is a side-step for the Georgetown native, who mentioned she’s used to producing different folks music however usually makes use of a full band in her songs. She mentioned she wished to provide the album alone to point out listeners “you don’t want an enormous fancy studio or tools to specific your self.”
Crosby has additionally labored as an English instructor in Alaska and South Korea and now teaches English at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle. She mentioned a few of the songs on her new album had been impressed by issues she has watched her personal college students grapple with, similar to despair and anxiousness.
Of all of the songs on the album, she mentioned the tune “Fly Excessive” holds probably the most weight for her, as a result of it was impressed by certainly one of her college students who dedicated suicide in 2017. Within the gradual, meditative tune, she sings: “I used to be sipping espresso midway around the globe once I heard the information and felt my abdomen curl. I bought misplaced prior to now interested by the warning indicators, all of the younger folks I do know that I’ve by no means seen cry.”
Crosby’s college students aren’t alone. In keeping with the 2019 Maine Built-in Youth Well being Survey, Maine highschool college students who felt unhappy or hopeless for a minimum of two weeks in a row prior to now yr rose from 26.9% in 2017 to 32.1%, a complete of about 17,000 college students, in 2019. College students who prior to now yr significantly contemplated suicide rose from 14.7% to 16.four%, to achieve almost eight,900, the survey mentioned.
In Sagadahoc County final yr, 35.7% (503) of scholars reported feeling hopeless or unhappy (46.eight% feminine and 24.5% male), and 19.three% (272) mentioned that they had significantly thought of making an attempt suicide (25.2% feminine, 13.2% male).
Melissa Fochesato, director of Group Well being Promotion at Mid Coast Hospital, mentioned though many Mainers, each youngsters and adults, are impacted by psychological sickness, there are assets out there to assist them. Nonetheless, typically asking for assistance is the toughest factor for folks in want.
“Making folks as snug speaking about their psychological well being as they’re speaking about their bodily well being is our objective, and that’s one thing songs and media could be so useful in,” mentioned Fochesato. “Something we are able to do to boost consciousness and normalize psychological well being is vital.”
Crosby revealed her first album in 2014, launching her music when she was 19-years-old. She created one other album in 2019 earlier than writing “Sheepscot Valley Enchantress,” named after a flower she thinks of when she finds herself in spells of self-doubt.
“Individuals take care of psychological well being in so many alternative methods, and it’s so vital to have the ability to specific these darker sides or your self and never maintain it inside your self till you explode,” she mentioned. “I need folks to see they’ll do artistic, lovely issues with their feelings somewhat than hurting themselves.”
The album shall be launched on Oct. 30 and is out there for pre-order at lauren-crosby.com.
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