Author Archives: Graham Stannard

About Graham Stannard

A broadcaster and massage practitioner, based in Essex and London. Presenting Musical Meanderings on Phoenix FM and now also the Mental Health Matters podcast.

Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Series 2, Episode 3

Welcome to the third episode in this series of the Mental Health Matters podcast on Phoenix FM. Featuring Character Development teacher and mental healer Chris Deojee and Oak frontman Andy Valiant.

You can listen to it here:

Chris Deojee

Chris Deojee

It was great to finally be able to speak to Chris Deojee, though when we did we had a technical problem which meant the recording wasn’t saved. Thankfully, we were able to meet again and we managed to record a conversation, maintaining a lot of the energy of what we spoke about in the first. In fact so much that I’ve decided to split it into two parts over two episodes, with this one being the first.

Based in Suffolk, but practices around London and through Essex. He wouldn’t specifically call himself a mental healer, with all the technical connotations that would convey, but a lot of work certainly helps along those lines. And he was able to fully describe what he does and how he is able to help people.

We spoke about many of the distortions in society which cause a lot of imbalance in each of us and how we’re not shown great examples of emotional dexterity growing up by those around us, compared to how we are physically for example.

Also we talked about the distortions caused by the difference in subjective and objective reality that are imposed on us, and the increase in confusion in gender and use of language.
The continuing part in the next episode will include how important nutrition is to our mental health.

You can get in touch with him here:
https://www.facebook.com/darren.deojee
http://www.alternativeanswers.net

Andy Valiant | Oak

Andy Valiant | Oak

Before I played that conversation with Chris, I included a chat I recorded with my friend Andy Valiant, the singer from stoner/ doom metal band Oak who I have often featured on my Musical Meanderings show. We spoke about the issues men have with mental health from our own perspectives, including issues connecting with the feminine, how men and women are interacting at the moment and possible causes of male suicide.

Here is where you can find out more about their music and purchase it:
https://oakstoner.bandcamp.com
And their facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oakstoner/
OakAlso during the show I shared some music based mental health news that there is a service for musicians and artists suffering with mental health issues.

Help Musicians UK is the service and I also included their research into some of the causes and results.
https://www.helpmusicians.org.uk/working-retired-musicians/mental-health

Music played during the show:
Malojian – Often Wonder (The Deer’s Cry)

Oak – Mirage (Oak II)

Maneesh De Moor – Bliss (Om Deeksha)

Malojian has a new album ‘Let The Weirdness Carry You Home’ available here:
https://malojian.bandcamp.com/album/let-your-weirdness-carry-you-home

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net

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Barren Moon – Musical Meanderings 30th November 2017

Eleventh Vibration

Lucy Claire

Lucy Claire

A return to more traditional meanderings, featuring new examples of some of the post rock I’ve being learning about recently. In this case from Russia, such as Eleventh Vibration, Siberia* and We Shine Every Night.

Then I also somehow ventured from some blues based rock of Raging Slab and Richie Kotzen through a mini melancholic theme featuring alt country such as My Morning Jacket through to the gentle beauty of Lucy Claire and Daniel Lanois.

Thanks again to the ‘Where Post Rock Dwells’ YouTube channel for the help in discovering some of the new music:
https://www.youtube.com/user/Nemron28

You can listen to the show again here:

Here is the playlist for 30th November 2017 (including links to buy or find out more where available)
1. Eleventh Vibration – Nature (Illusions – 2016)
2. Wychhound – Hourglass (Wychhound EP – 2015)
3. Boris – Riot Sugar (Heavy Rocks – 2011)
4. 1968 – Duchess (Fortuna Havana – 2017)
5. Obituary – Platonic Disease (Back From The Dead 1997)
6. Dinosaur Jr. – Watch The Corners (I Bet On Sky – 2012)
7. Richie Kotzen – Something To Say (Something To Say – 1997))
8. Raging Slab – Gracious (Sing Monkey Sing – 1996)
9. Jackson Browne – Sleep’s Dark And Silent Gate (The Pretender – 1976)
10. My Morning Jacket – I Needed It Most (At Dawn – 2001)
11. Daniel Lanois – Desert Rose (Belladonna – 2005)
12. Ulaan Khol – Sunset, 2am (Los Angeles EP – 2012)
13. King Creosote & John Hopkins – Your Own Spell (Diamond Mine – 2011)
14. Lucy Claire- Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon (Kaiwata Tsuki – The Barren Moon – 2016)
15. Elliot Smith – Stupidity Tries (Figure 8 – 2000)
16. Alice In Chains – Down In A Hole (Dirt – 1992)
17. Windhand – Hesperus (Grief’s Infernal Flower – 2015)
18. Alcest – Délivrance (Shelter – 2014)
19. Siberia* – She Is The Universe (Kaleidoscope – 2015)
20. We Shine Every Night – Guiding Hand (All Shall Rise, All Shall Prosper – 2017)

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Ellie Parsons from Billericay Choral Society

Billericay Choral SocietyOn Tuesday 21st November, I was able to fill in for Michelle Ward on Eat My Brunch on Phoenix FM which gave me the chance to speak to Ellie Parsons, Musical Director with the Billericay Choral Society.

She popped into the studio to talk about their latest production- a wonderful version of Handel’s Messiah this coming Saturday the 25th November at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Great Burstead.

We spoke about her journey in becoming Musical Director with the choir, how often they meet and what goes on behind the scenes to make such a production happen.

You can listen to the conversation again here:

Ellie Parsons

You can find out more about the Billericay Choral society here, including upcoming productions and how to get involved and join here:
https://www.essexinfo.net/billericaychoral/

And where to find tickets for the production:
https://www.essexinfo.net/billericaychoral/next-concerts/

And you can find out more about Ellie here:
https://www.ellieparsons-soprano.co.uk

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Jay Matharu – Musical Meanderings 16th November 2017

Jay MatharuAnother enjoyable Musical Meanderings and a great full circle moment as I have the pleasure of sharing a conversation with an artist who was my first ever interview on Phoenix FM.

Jay Matharu is a wonderful and accomplished guitarist and I first met him when he sent me a CD of one of his previous projects, Mahavira only two weeks after I had started Musical Meanderings. I remember recording the conversation by the canal in Camden after we arranged to meet.

Jay Matharu

Jay Matharu

His life has taken various turns since then, including a move to Sweden with his wife almost ten years ago. After finding some outlets for playing out there, he noticed that he had a lull in his creative output for himself. He then found a way of pushing out of it, which was then the path of creating his new, solo album- These Clouds Are So Undisciplined!

You will find out the process of how he did during the conversation, along with the origins of the album name and also how he was able to arrange the collaborations on the album with wonderful musicians, including Nili Brosh, Ponch Satrio and Andreas Boliden. I included the songs featuring them during the conversation.

Speaking to Jay then made it easy to organise the other music I played during the show as it allowed me to share some songs featuring some of my favourite rock and metal guitarists over the years, including Dinosaur Jr, Joe Satriani and Pallbearer. I also ‘book ended’ the show with a couple of post-rock songs from bands I’ve been playing over recent weeks as I spoke with Jay about enjoying a lot of artists in that genre- Sound Architects and I/O.

You can listen to it all again here:

You can listen to the interview on its own here:

Here is the playlist for 16th November 2017 (Including links to purchase where available)
1. Sound Architects – 1972 (In Time of Need – 2017)
2. Dinosaur Jr. – Get Me (Where You Been? – 1993)
3. Joe Satriani – I Believe (Flying In A Blue Dream – 1989)
4. Testament – The Legacy (Souls Of Black – 1990)
5. Marty Friedman – Saturation Point (Dragon’s Kiss – 1988)
6. PALLBEARER – Watcher In The Dark (Foundations Of Burden – 2014)
7. Jay Matharu – Ascent (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
8. Jay Matharu – Illumination (feat. Ponch Satrio) (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
9. Jay Matharu – Kaleidoscope (feat. Andreas Boliden) (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
10. Jay Matharu – Breathe In, Breathe Out (feat. Nili Brosh) (These Clouds Are So Undisciplined! – 2017)
11. I/O – 60 – South (Anyone, Anywhere – 2017)

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Pallbearer – Musical Meanderings 9th November 2017

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost TourA great joy to see Paradise Lost once again at the Electric Ballroom in Camden. The last time was in 1993 during their Icon tour.

What made it better was that on this occasion they were supported by Pallbearer, who I’ve been enjoying a lot over the last couple of years.

Before the show it was wonderful to speak to them and Waltteri from Paradise Lost and share the conversations on tonight’s show.

 

 

You can listen to the show again here:

And here you can listen to my conversation with Pallbearer on its own:

PallbearerHere is the playlist for 9th November 2017 (with links to where to purchase where available)
1. Fjord – Phoenix (Portrait for a Reflection – 2016)
2. Oh Hiroshima – Aria (In Silence We Yearn – 2015)
3. Iah – Eclipsum (Iah – 2017)
4. Paradise Lost – True Belief (Icon – 1993)
5. Paradise Lost – Erase (Symbol Of Life – 2002)
6. High On Fire – Sons Of Thunder
7. Windhand – Woodbine (Soma – 2013)
8. Pallbearer – Devoid Of Redemption (Sorrow & Extinction 2012)
9. Pallbearer – The Ghost I Used To Be (Foundations Of Burden – 2014)
10. Pallbearer – I Saw The End (Heartless – 2017)
11. Pallbearer – A Plea For Understanding (Heartless – 2017)
12. Bark Psychosis – All Different Things (All Different Things EP – 1990)
22. Paint The Sky Red Red – The Happy Ending Is You (Not All Who Wonder Are Lost – 2015)

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Kelly Keagy | Night Ranger – Musical Meanderings 2nd November 2017

Night Ranger

Night Ranger

It was great news when I heard that Night Ranger were releasing a new album ‘Don’t Let Up’ and they were still going strong after more than 35 years.

It was also lovely to see how they continued to share such positivity in their music, such as in the single from the new album ‘Running Out Of Time’ and examples I noted from their 2011 album ‘Somewhere in California’, such as ‘Live For Today’ and ‘Follow Your Heart’.

This topic was thread throughout our conversation and it is a belief of his how important art such as music is at bringing light and positivity to the world amidst what else may be happening.

Kelly also spoke about enjoying a recent change with how him and the band write songs and record together over recent albums. Allowing for a live and spontaneous element into their creations, which also brought some freshness to their time together.

We also covered topics such as how much he enjoys playing live, changes in the music industry and the effects of modern technology.

Find out more about their upcoming tour here:
https://www.nightranger.com/#/events

You can hear it again here:

And the interview on its own on my Soundcloud page:

Here is the playlist for 2nd November 2017
1. Iah – Stolas (Iah – 2017)
2. Windhand – ‘Feral Bones’ LIVE @ Mixtape 5 (2014)
3. A Perfect Circle – By and Down (Stone And Echo – 2013)
4. Aerosmith – Dream On (Aerosmith – 1973)
5. W.A.S.P. – The Idol (The Crimson Idol – 1992)
6. The Law – Miss You In A Heartbeat (The Law – 1991)
7. Asia – Heat of the Moment (Asia – 1982)
8. Night Ranger – Sentimental Street (Seven Wishes – 1985)
9. Night Ranger – Running Out Of Time (Don’t Let Up – 2017)
10. Night Ranger – No Time To Lose Ya (Somewhere In California – 2011)
11. Night Ranger – Somehow, Someway (Don’t Let Up – 2017
12. Night Ranger – Live For Today (Somewhere In California – 2011)
13. Night Ranger – Sister Christian (Midnight Madness – 1983)
14. Hillsong United – Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (Live)

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Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM – Series 2, Episode 2

Welcome to the second episode in this second series of Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM. It includes conversations with writer and philosopher Darren Allen and mindfulness practitioner Sheila Moses.

You can listen to it here:

Darren Allen

Darren Allen

Darren has been a guest previously on my Musical Meanderings show and I knew he would have great perspectives on some of the broader issues and causes for mental health issues that I have been thinking about.

We discussed ideas such as the nature of work and schools and how many don’t enjoy it and how money is tight. We touched on some controversial ideas, such as whether Mental Illness is actually something tangible and real and how positive the concepts of psychology and psychotherapy actually are.
In the end there was optimism with how things can unfold for humanity, especially if Love can embraced for all.

He is open to dialogue about his ideas and often engages in discussions about them. You can find out more about him and his writings, along with his contact information via his website expressiveegg.org.

Here is his article on mental health that we discussed during the conversation:
https://expressiveegg.org/2017/03/07/schizophrenic-psychocrat/

Sheila Moses

Sheila Moses

Sheila Moses is a practitioner in numerous fields, including mindfulness, NLP and emotional freedom technique tapping. She talked about her background and journey in learning about each and how she is able to help others. She works in many schools and spoke of the great results she experiences when she teaches some of these techniques.

You can find out more about her and get in touch via her website:
https://mellowmoments.biz and her mobile: 07956 123335

Here is the music played during the episode:
Syd Barrett – Love You (The Madcap Laughs – 1970)
J.S. Bach РChorale ΠHaupt Voll Blut Und Wunden (Chorus I_II)
Os Mutantes – Haleluia (A Divina Comedia Ou)
Beethoven – Quartet 14 – 6th mvt. – Adagio quasi un poco Andante

Let us know what you think of the show
Twitter: @MHMpodcast

Facebook: Search “Mental Health Matters on Phoenix FM

Helpful Organisations

• Brentwood Mind 01277 234246 or brentwoodmind.org.uk

• Mind 0300 123 3393, text 86463 or Mind.org.uk

• Samaritans Free on 116 123 , e-mail: jo@samaritans.org or Samaritans.org

• SANE 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm every evening) or Sane.org.uk

• Elefriends (MH Support Forum) – elefriends.org.uk

• Rethink Mental Illness website (for factsheets/blogs etc) : rethink.org

• YoungMinds
• Parents Helpline: Call: 0808 802 5544 or www.youngminds.org.uk
(Mon-Fri 9.30am-4pm, free from mobiles & landlines)

• The Silverline – 0800 4 70 80 90 (24 hours, 7 days a week) or thesilverline.org.uk

• The CALMzone (Campaign Against Living Miserably)
(5pm-midnight every evening)
• 0808 802 5858 if you’re in London
• or call 0800 58 58 58 Nationwide or thecalmzone.net

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Big Four – Musical Meanderings 26th October 2017

Metallica played a series of nights at the Millennium Dome this week, which allowed for a playlist which created itself. I got inspired to share some of the music I enjoyed from a peak period of Heavy Metal, namely around 1987/88. Pivotal albums by the ‘Big Four’ bands- Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. But then also other bands had big albums, or even began around that time, such as Iron Maiden and Sepultura.

You can hear it all again here:

Here is the playlist for 26th October 2017
1 Budgie – Breadfan (Never Turn Your Back on a Friend – 1973)
2 Metallica – Master Of Puppets (Master Of Puppets – 1986)
3 Megadeth – Holy Wars…The Punishment Due (Rust In Peace – 1990)
4 Obituary – Dying (Cause Of Death – 1990)
5 Anthrax – Time (Persistence Of Time – 1990)
6 Iron Maiden – Infinite Dreams (Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son – 1988)
7 Sepultra – Arise (Arise – 1991)
8 Slayer – Raining Blood (Decade Of Aggression – 1991)
9 W.A.S.P. – Rebel In The F.D.G. (The Headless Children – 1989)
10 Suicidal Tendencies – If I Don’t Wake Up (How Will I Laugh Tomorrow… – 1988)
11 Motörhead – Motörhead (Motörhead – 1977)
12 Helmet – He Feels Bad (Meantime – 1992)
13 Infectious Grooves – Punk It Up (The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move… – 1991)
14 Downset – Empower (Do We Speak A Dead Language – 1996)
15 Corrosion Of Conformity – Vote With A Bullet (Blind – 1991)
16 Nine Inch Nails – Just Like You Imagined (The Fragile (Left) – 1999)
17 Machine Head – Old (Burn My Eyes – 1994)
18 Life of Agony – Through And Through (River Runs Red – 1993)
19 Monster Magnet – Nod Scene (Spine Of God – 1991)
20 Pallbearer – I Saw The End (Heartless – 2017)
22 Windhand – ‘Woodbine’ LIVE @ Mixtape 5 (2014)
23 Osi And The Jupiter – Landvœttir (Uthuling Hyl – 2017)

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Free Fallin’ – Musical Meanderings 12th October 2017

Continuing traditional Meanderings. Including heaviness, celebrating current Windhand tour. Then also the life of Tom Petty.

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Here is the playlist for 12th October 2017 – Click the links where available to find out more and where to buy their music:
1. Soulfly – Prophecy (Prophecy – 2004)
2. The Cortège – Love & Land (Love & Land EP – 2016)
3. Windhand – Summon The Moon (Windhand – 2012)
4. Pallbearer – The Ghost I Used To Be (Foundations Of Burden – 2014)
5. Khemmis – The Bereaved (Absolution – 2015)
6. Mogwai – White Noise (Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will – 2011)
7. Alcest – Là Où Naissent Les Couleurs Nouvelles (Les Voyages De L’Âme – 2012)
8. Synopsys – Morning In The Wilderness (Le Temps Du Rêve – 2017)
9. Oh Hiroshima – Holding The Rivers (In Silence We Yearn – 2015)
10. Screamin’ Cheeta Wheelies – Sister Mercy
11. Brandi Carlile – Again Today (The Story – 2007)
12. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Free Fallin’ (Full Moon Fever – 1989)
13. John Denver – Rhymes And Reasons (Rhymes And Reasons – 1969)
14. Blue King Brown – Babylon A Fall (feat. The Congos) (Born Free – 2014)
15. Eurythmics – Miracle Of Love (Revenge – 1986)
16. Pictures From Nadira – Por la Noche (Nadira – 2017)
17. Solar Fields – Falling Shadows (Origin – 2005)

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