Friday, March 23, 2012

It's Dark Here: The Great Unknowns Presents LIVE, Ep 147

We have some great music for you by Forewalls, Beyond Conception, Canto, Eliza Neals, Nico Adams,  Christine Oliver, and Melanie Taylor, but we are doing something a little different. We are honoring a person whose life was cut short.

We are starting off the show with a dedication to a talented guitarist, a friend, and a great person, Jason Tennies of Forewalls.

Jason’s life was cut short due to symptoms caused by a horrible disease called, schizophrenia. This disease attacked Jason with almost no warning and within days after his first episode, it tragically took his life.

In honor of his life, Jason’s mother, Linda started a foundation to help bring awareness and education about mental disorders including, schizophrenia, depression, bi-polar disorder, and autism called the Jason Tennies Memorial Foundation. Health organizations like the Autism  Society, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Mental Health America, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, The Brain and Behavior Research Fund, San Bernardino County Department of Veterans Affairs all support the Foundation and its cause in order to help raise awareness.

This year, the Tennies’ are behind a film project currently in pre-production with the title taken from a song Jason wrote called, “It’s Dark Here.” The full-length feature film directed and produced by Joel Silver (The Matrix: Reload, The Matrix: Revolutions, Sherlock Holmes A Game of Shadows) is based on the final days of Jason Tennies' life with a focus on the disease and how doctors overlooked the seriousness and ultimately killed the 20-year-old. This disease and other related illnesses is often a subject that is often overlooked, but affects 1 out of 4 people, not just in the United States, but across the world.

For more information, visit The Jason Tennies Foundation Memorial   

Music in this episode are as follows: 
"It's Dark Here" by Forewalls
"Shelter" by Beyond Conception
"Cardigan Sweater" by Canto
"Misery" by Eliza Neals
"Stop Us" Nico Adams
"Lovin On Me" by Christine Oliver
"Topdown" by Melanie Taylor

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