PLDN Talks – Laura Westcott – ‘Music with meaning’


WELCOME TO PLDN TALKS! AS WE ALL KNOW, CORONAVIRUS HAS GOT A HUGE CHUNK OF OUR INDUSTRY WORKING FROM HOME AND AS CREATIVES. WE LAUNCHED PLDN TALKS AS A SUPPORT PLATFORM DURING THE OUTBREAK. DAILY, BITESIZE EDUCATIONAL CONTENT FROM CREATIVE MINDS ALL OVER THE WORLD TO KEEP OUR COMMUNITY INSPIRED.

Hello. My name is Laura Westcott and I’m the founder of Music for Mental Wealth. I’m currently on lockdown in London, and I’ve been loving the Paradise London Talks, so thank you Nick and all the Paradise London posse for having me. 

In those moments where I felt a bit low, I’ve been listening to music. I absolutely love hearing the lyrics, hearing the melodies and figuring out what it was that that musician was going through when they wrote that song. Last year we launched a series called music with meaning, and I encouraged musicians to share the personal stories behind their songs in support of mental health awareness.

And we hosted nine concerts last year in London. Last week, we decided to move our music with meaning campaign online. I really want people to experience what it’s like to hear the meaning behind a song and then hear the song. It’s a real connection that you, that you don’t get unless you hear that personal story from the musician and what they went through and the journey that they’ve been on.

I’m really passionate about this because I’m a musician and I had mental health challenges at the beginning of my career, and that’s the reason why I set up Music for Mental Wealth. We have a team of coaches who deliver workshops and one-to-one coaching for musicians and music industry professionals.

If you’re a musician and would like to get involved with music with meaning, and we’ve had some brilliant supporters so far, James Walsh from star sailor, Tom McRae, Olly Knights, the King’s Parade, Daisy Chute, Alex Gibson, Catherine Taylor Dawson, Loads.. It’s been unbelievable. And we only launched it last week, so thank you everyone for your support.

If you’d like to get involved, just go to our website, or if you’re not musician and you’d like to just hear. The meaning behind the music and engaged like, like I do, then please join in as well. A huge shout out to the NHS. I will definitely be clapping tonight at 8:00 PM. Even just hearing the sound of people clapping and banging pots, that sounds connects us all.

It’s a universal language. Thank you so much to the NHS. I’m so grateful for all the work that you’re doing. I’m sending you loads of love and to everybody else as well. It’s a really difficult time, but we’ll get through it and in the meantime, let the music connect us, and I know it’s a difficult time, but we will get through this.

And we just reach out to somebody if we need help, there are helplines available. On the Music for Mental Wealth website, you can find other resources other than coaching, help musicians UK have a great helpline, and there are also therapists and counsellors that we can refer you to. You’re not alone. We’re all on an emotional roller coaster right now, but we’ll get through it sending you all loads and loads of love.

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TO FEATURE ON A PLDN TALK, EMAIL – LUKE@PARADISE.LONDON