SURREY – The Now's Live & Local series focuses a lot on how members of the community support the live music industry, but South Surrey songstress Lydia Hol is now returning the favour.
For the next month (until Oct. 15), Hol is collecting used iPods for the Music Heals Charitable Foundation, a non-profit society that promotes awareness of music therapy.
“They give them out to music therapists who are part of the program and they use them in hospitals, seniors’ centres and rehab clinics,” said Hol. “For a lot of people, they don’t have expendable cash to donate, but a lot of people do have an iPod sitting in their desk that they haven’t used for a couple years and don’t know what to do with.”
By collecting iPods for people who need them, Hol said she hopes the drive will raise awareness for music therapy, which Music Heals describes as “a technique of complementary medicine that uses music prescribed in a skilled manner by trained therapists” to treat patients with physical, emotional, intellectual and social challenges.
The therapeutic qualities of sound can be used to improve the well-being of geriatric patients in nursing homes to lowering the stress level and pain of women giving birth.
The iPod drive is part of Hol’s effort in the Peak Performance Project, the annual local artist contest staged by 102.7 The Peak radio station. Hol has made the top 20 for the 2013 contest alongside fellow Surrey-based artists Good for Grapes, pop singer Rykka and acoustic solo guitarist Amble Greene.
“We are asked to do a charity fundraiser as part of the Peak Performance Project – it’s a unique challenge for the bands,” she said. “I’ve always been interested in music therapy and I really resonated with the charity.”
Hol recently returned from the Peak Performance Project’s yearly “boot camp,” a week-long getaway in Princeton where the top 20 finalists attend all-day seminars, perform at musical showcases and network with music industry insiders.
At the end of the iPod drive, Hol will host a songwriters’ circle at the Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver on Oct. 15 – also to raise money for Music Heals – featuring a bevy of local musicians, including Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother, rock fusionist Dominique Fricot, indie-pop artist Hilary Grist and modern blues duo Head of the Herd.
“We’re going to talk about music and why music is so special to us, the healing aspect of it,” she said, adding that the discussion will be followed by a full set by Hol and her band.
People looking to donate can drop off their iPods at the Long and McQuade store on 104th Avenue in Surrey and at Live Yoga, at 15186 Buena Vista Ave., White Rock.
“We really want to challenge everyone to bring as many iPods in as they can and really spread the word,” said Hol.
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