Feb. 1, 2019 / PRZen
/ BEAVER DAM, Wis. -- Across the country, many are struggling with opioid addiction. Few families have avoided being touched in some way. Young people in Lac du Flambeau are certainly no exception to the current trend. Addiction has brought death. Addiction has brought family break up. Addiction has brought abuse and neglect. We all are called upon do what we can to stand against this dark tide.
And Hear Our Songs is a project that does just that. Conceived by NAMMY Award winning Bobby Bullet and his wife Pam Nesbit, the project provides a platform for Lac du Flambeau School Elementary and Middle School students to learn about songwriting and share their thoughts and feelings. These songs are then performed for classmates and audiences throughout the Northwoods.
"Songwriting gives students who have suffered great loss to get some of the hurt out," says Bullet. "It provides a glimmer of hope, and the strength to go on. It can provide inspiration to others."
On February 26th the completed Hear Our Songs CD will be released world-wide by Music On The Go. Hear Our Songs will be available on compact disk through CD Baby.com and on digital platforms such as Amazon, Apple Itunes, i Heart Radio, Pandora, Spotify and many others. The completed album consists of twelve songs, eight of which were written by students with the assistance of Bullet and Nesbit.
A CD Release party for the young singer songwriters will be held on February 26th at the Lake of the Torches Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. It is being sponsored by the Lake of the Torches Casino Resort and is free and open to the public.
Hear Our Songs will now be able to reach a larger audience, as the Bullets and the Cultural Connections Department at the Lac du Flambeau Public School have provided a "studio" and professional recording capabilities to record a collection of their songs for their community and the general public to hear, and perhaps, respond to the call for a strong healthy community.
And this truly is a community project. The Lake of the Torches Casino Resort donated the space used for making the recording. Sound producer Bruce Sharp has deeply discounted his rates to provide his services. Parents and educators are donating their time to chaperone, transport, and feed students.
Among the student written songs on the CD are:
"I Am Somebody"
"Make Up Your Mind"
"He's Good Man," a tribute to the late John Lohoff who was a counsellor at the school
"I Wanna Fly"
"Mino Daa Yaan"
Each student will receive a copy of their CD and copies will be available for sale at the Tribal museum and local bookstores as well as at the release party. Proceeds will help to fund future Hear Our Songs projects.
The finished CD will be entered into the NAMMYS (Native American Music Awards) competition. "This values the students' work," says Bullet and gives each one renewed belief in the lyrics of their song: "I am somebody."
Students have performed for a public concert in Lac Vieux Desert in Michigan and at the Public Library in Eagle River. For more information, contact Bobby Bullet at firstname.lastname@example.org
. (906) 265-3321
Bullet is a member of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. He is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native American Music Association
For more information about this press release, contact Carol Ann Amour, 715-439-3078 or email@example.com
Carol Ann Amour
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