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My 365-day song writing challenge to beat blood cancer

David Carey
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02 Dec 2014

I'm writing and producing a song for an entire year in a bid to raise £10,000 to help beat blood cancer.

I‘ve been shouting obscenities at the television set for a while, now. My wife’s (sort of) getting used to it because I seem to moan: at the same stuff; at the same time; with the same, desperate attitude each day. I do despair sometimes, mainly over trivia and nonsense. I remember my dad getting to an age where his captious, pedantic nature used to make me think he’d lost faith in human nature. He used to moan from behind the comfort of his broadsheet newspaper that he’d read from start to finish each day. I now know that he was at the age where people start moaning for moaning’s sake -and now I’m at that age, too!

I was on holiday earlier this year, visiting my sister on the beautiful island of Crete. My aforementioned, long-suffering wife, Sharron, said that I had this overwhelming urge to comment on absolutely everything that was going on around me. Not just some things, but everything!

I was thinking about what to do when we got back to Blighty. I’d been a teacher for over five years and wanted a new challenge. But I was looking to do something that would be challenging, fun, involve being creative and, more importantly, get me out of bed with ease every day.

I’ve been playing the piano since I was about three years old, but my career, despite a few years playing in bands with varying degrees of success, had been in other areas such as manufacturing, sales and education. What was the thing that would fulfill my desires and tick all the ‘new challenge’ boxes?

I spent a few days on the beach thinking about it and realised that it would be a musical adventure that would take me to places that I’d never experienced before; a real journey - but one in which I wouldn’t have to leave the house. That sounded like it would be a challenge, would be fun, creative and stimulate my interest in poking my nose into all the things that I see happening around me, on the news, in the paper, on television or the radio, every single day. I’d write a song every day for a year, based on the events of the day! I had it all worked out: I’d get up early (at 6:30, say) and then I’d absorb as much of the day’s news while I was having my breakfast. Then I’d be inspired to write a song in my little recording studio where I’d amassed many bits and pieces of recording equipment over the years.

The amazing thing, by the way, is that every morning I get up at 6:30 and do all the things that I’d planned when I was lying on the beach in the summer. I usually take 5 to 6 hours to complete a track from scratch and then I post the completed track on SoundCloud.

Over the first few days, people picked-up on my idea and said that it was both very interesting and quite unique, I began to realise that I could raise money for a good cause as I was travelling along my 365-day route. It would be good for exposure and, due to the unique nature of the challenge, good for raising money for charity. I’d raised money for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research in the past and I really believe in the work that they do - helping to find a cure for blood cancers and treating sick people who need their expert help. Job done! I contacted the good people in London and the concerted, fundraising journey began. My target for the year: £10,000.

I am now coming to the beginning of the second month of my challenge and my enthusiasm, if anything, is growing!

Visit SoundCloud to listen to my tracks so far

Make a donation to my JustGiving page to help me beat blood cancer

Comments

03.12.2014

What a brilliant idea, David! Absolutely love this and will definitely be making a donation to your JustGiving page at some point. There has to be some kind of Guinness World Record you can set by doing this isn't there? Worth getting in touch with them in any case!

Catriona Taylor
03.12.2014

Such a great and unique idea, thanks so much for supporting us through this!

Anonymous
03.12.2014

A huge commitment DC, but a fabulous one! What a truly unique idea! I wish you lots of luck in your fundraising campaign. X

Anonymous
04.12.2014

David, may we publish this article on our blog www.inkpantry.com to publicise your amazing challenge in return for a donation to your just giving page?

Lauren Syms
04.12.2014

Such a fantastic idea David and i'm loving your songs. A big thanks for choosing to do this in support of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Anonymous
04.12.2014

Great gesture from a truly selfless guy. Your buddies are right behind you DC willing you on....and as always you're making us smile in the process. Good luck mate xxx

05.12.2014

Thank you for your support, Andy. The mother-in-law mentioned the Guinness Book, too. I'll give them a call!

05.12.2014

Thank you, Sarah. See you in the New Year! x

05.12.2014

Yes, of course. It would be a pleasure. Thank you for your donation and for showing an interest in the challenge.

05.12.2014

Thank you for the kind words and continuing support, Lauren. Hashtags here we come!

05.12.2014

Thanks, SB. See you after Cyprus!! x

Anonymous
08.12.2014

What a great challenge,I look forward to your daily track. Keep up the commitment!

09.12.2014

Thank you for your kind words of support, Sue. Happy listening!

Anonymous
11.12.2014

There are few things in life more rewarding than tapping into your creative side, for such a fantastic cause as the one you have chosen to support. I doff my hat to you mate. I fully expect you to fulfil your challenge with your usual brand of humour, and your musical talents, which I know more than most are considerable.

12.12.2014

I appreciate the kind and sincere comments, PW, and the unremitting support as I progress with the daily ritual of posting tracks; the comments I get from you guys, as you well know from acquiring your own 5-star reviews, mean everything. Even the one-worders are received with great appreciation. See you on the album cover, mate!

Anonymous
03.01.2015

Hi Pal, can you do a Walthemstow song just for us lol...

Anonymous
09.01.2015

So great. Lost my father to this terrible nightmare of a disease, will donate now. Brilliant luck
Margaret

Anonymous
09.01.2015

Hi David, I've got a few questions for the article for InkPantry, if that's okay? Do you have a contact that I can reach you on? You can reach me at IP or at ajbennett5369@live.co.uk

13.01.2015

Yeah, but it'll cost!

13.01.2015

So sorry to hear about your dad, Margaret. We can beat blood cancer if we all take time to do a little towards the greater goal.
Thank you for your kind donation.
David.