Aruba Red : A Song To Banish The Blues – Video for ‘Blue’ out 20th January 2020
Inspiring singer songwriter aims to raise awareness of mental health issues with her music
Since 2005 the third Monday of January has become known as Blue Monday – allegedly the one day of the year many people feel most depressed. This year’s Blue Monday will be 20 January and a dynamic singer songwriter, Aruba Red, is determined to help banish those blue thoughts with the release of a video of her aptly titled song ‘Blue’. The song is a foretaste of her forthcoming EP release ‘Shadow Work’ in March. ‘Blue’ addresses many of the issues surrounding depression and mental health and how music can help process these challenges.
Music therapy is not new, the power of music to influence mood and invoke a sense of calm and peace is well understood. For Aruba Red music has helped her fight her own battle with mental health issues. She has poured her personal experience into her song-writing and this is reflected particularly in ‘Blue’. The lyrics describe the path along which one will travel to get through the different stages of depression, mental trauma, anxiety, loss, or grief and where it can lead. It is also a song of optimism – to encourage letting go, making a new start.
In the video Aruba wears her actual wedding dress that has been dyed blue. For her this symbolises the release of letting go of a relationship that added to her struggle with mental health. That struggle is why she had to step away from music and took away four years of her music making. She is now pouring these lessons learned into her songs “my music is now completely informed by my experiences” she explains. These have recently led to her speaking on a panel for BBC Introducing Live on mental health in relation to the music industry, as well as appearing on the Elevate Music Podcast (supported by Help Musicians UK) discussing intergenerational patterns in relation to addiction and co-dependency. On Sunday 12 January she hosted the first in a series of women’s circles to promote healing..
Aruba Red is also in the process of writing an autobiographical one-woman production supported by Hackney Empire and Ernst & Young about her experiences which will include songs from her previous EP ‘Holy Waters’and the new EP ‘Shadow Work’.
The video of ‘Blue’ will premiere on YouTube at 09.00 Monday 20 January https://youtu.be/mwWNnhQ6afo
Aruba Red’s new EP ‘Shadow Work’ will be released on 4 March and her debut headline show will take place at St Pancras Old Church on 11 March. Tickets are available from https://arubared.eventbrite.co.uk/
The video of ‘Blue’ can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/338863503
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