A local man offers musicians who have been diagnosed with cancer the opportunity to walk into a recording studio and produce a music video of one of their songs for free.
Music videos cost thousands of dollars to produce and for most musicians is just a dream.
“It’s literally a dream come true,” musician Seth Lucash said. “Music has always been my therapy; it has always been my release.
Lucash is a marketing consultant who never played for anyone except his very close family until he was diagnosed with cancer.
“I was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015, and by 2019 it had spread to my lungs,” he said. “It’s not a good diagnosis, and that’s when I wrote this song.”
It was then that he met Jim Ebert and heard about Cancer Can Rock, a nonprofit organization that pays professional musicians and studio technicians to record music videos for musicians who have received awards. cancer diagnosis.
Jenny Langer is a professional musician diagnosed with lung cancer, which inspired one of her songs.
“So many people want to offer their sympathies to you when they hear that you are going through something difficult, but the fact that someone is offering you such an opportunity is life changing,” she said.
Langer, who recently married, thanks Cancer Can Rock for helping her heal and move forward.
“The sadness, anger, confusion and all that you go through when you are diagnosed with cancer, but for me having something that I can share with others that maybe helps them is a great way out. of all that. ” she said.
Of the 30 musicians who recorded with Cancer Can Rock, four have died.
“When I told my wife about this opportunity, she didn’t say anything,” Lucash said, choking. “Excuse me. She just looked at me and she smiled, and a tear rolled down her face because she knew how important it was to me but she also knew she would get something out of it, and I knew she knew it would be such a great gift for her as well as for me.
“Exactly why I started this,” said Cancer Can Rock founder Ebert. “No matter what happens with cancer, their family and friends will have it forever.”
Ebert, a brain cancer survivor, recalled the session with Stewart Jewell, one of the deceased artists.
“At the end of the day he looked at me and said, ‘I forgot I had cancer today,’ and I thought, ‘That’s pretty good,’ he said. Ebert said.
Cancer Can Rock is hosting a fundraising concert on June 13, including Jenny Langer.
Find more information, including ways to help or how to record a song here.