Let’s kick cancer’s ass.
This album, For the Cure, has a very special place in my heart. Prior to making this album, much of my song writing was directed at making a statement, conforming to the mainstream and making fun, light-hearted music. I really enjoyed working on those songs but it had a very different purpose for me. This album is literally my heart and soul. I have written songs over the past five years that I felt would never be released; they were various stories in the novel that is my life. This album is similar to various pages out of a diary for me, my emotions are raw and exposed and it is definitely a vulnerable feeling. Overall, it is worth it to me to share something that I have put so much into because I feel it might help someone else to hear these songs.
The idea behind ‘For the Cure’ came to me one day, as I washed my hair, feeling the impact of my sister’s recent purchase of a wig to wear following her cancer treatments. It was an overwhelming feeling of guilt, sadness and confusion. Why did this happen to her? I feel bad that I have hair and she has to go through all of this? Why is this happening? I can’t even imagine this being me. That is when I wrote the song, Hand in Hand, because the best way I cope is through music. Oddly enough, most of my song writing occurs in the car, shower and bathtub, without a musical instrument if that isn’t obvious. It is during these times, I am alone and attuned to my thoughts. It is in those brief moments in the day when I can turn off my brain and focus on my emotions. Song writing is my form of therapy. My full-time career is not stress-free; it requires the ability to be attuned to what is going on inside you and your own mental health/emotional health, while being very attentive to others and their feelings/mental health. Song writing has always been an outlet for me for as long as I can remember. That being said, not all of my songs are written from personal experience. I can be inspired by other people’s stories and the emotions associated to those stories.
This album is very special to me because it is dedicated to all of those impacted by cancer. It is easy to feel helpless when you find out a friend or family member has cancer. In that moment of finding out about my sister, I wanted to do something but had no idea what to do. It did not occur to me in that moment; it was a process that occurred naturally. It is important to know that, small or big, any positive change is good. I felt that, even if I sold one copy of this album and could donate some money to the cause, I would somehow being doing something to make some kind of change. In an effort to not feel so helpless, I began to put the pieces together for this album. It was a long process, with a lot of tears and frustrations, but it was worth it. As we continued with the album, the dedication page kept changing; we were losing people and adding those who were diagnosed. It was a very difficult process and I was so glad when I finally manufactured the album so I wouldn’t have to make any more of the negative changes. Overall, this process has helped me heal in some ways, just knowing that someone listening to one of my songs may feel a bit better or be positively impacted, makes it worth doing. Even knowing that some of my songs may result in tears and sadness, this is healthy, being able to express these emotions and sit can be very helpful for some. It was also amazing to give this album to my family, because they were directly impacted by the stories and emotions in these songs. I wanted to give them something to enjoy and help process some of these feelings. Although small, this album feels big in my heart.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I will continue to do my best to fight against cancer in every small way. If you would like to do something small, please consider purchasing a ribbon song from iTunes (100% of sales go to cancer research), or the whole album (50% of sales go to cancer research). I also have hard copy albums available for purchase. Please email email@example.com if you are interested.
I’m ready to fight for a cure, are you?
Thanks, Lisha Cash xo