Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling covers INXS “Don’t Change” for The April Fifth Project

Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling (Sophia's main songwriting project) covered the INXS song "Don't Change" for The April Fifth Project.

The April Fifth Project was created as a day to remember musicians who we've lost to depression/substance abuse/mental illness - celebrated by covering their songs and posting them with these hashtags: #TheAprilFifthProject and #SingTheirSong  April 5th was chosen because it's the day we lost both Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Layne Staley of Alice in Chains.
We chose "Don't Change" for our cover - we love how it's a dark and dancey song with lyrics about being yourself and entering a relationship with acceptance of each other.
The April Fifth Project is the brainchild of musician, Jeffrey Vachon who released a four-song EP of covers for the project.

 

Artists raise awareness of mental illness, substance abuse in April Fifth Project

When Jeffrey Vachon lost his father to depression in 2003, he was left with a catalog of his dad's songs. Now a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist himself, Vachon recently went looking for his favorite of his father's tunes, "Feelings of Fall," a lonely folk gem that Neil Young could have penned in 1972.

The April Fifth Project covers our mental health and substance abuse crisis

Kurt Cobain died on this day 27 years ago, which means the iconic Nirvana frontman has now been gone as long as he was alive. Alice In Chains' Layne Staley also died on this day, April 5, back in 2002, making today one that jumps off the calendar when discussing and confronting mental illness, drug abuse awareness, and suicide prevention.

If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or drugs, there are resources available, some of which can be found here:

  • Hope For The Day - Hope for the Day (HFTD) is a non-profit movement empowering the conversation on proactive suicide prevention and mental health education.
  • SAMHSA - SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
  • Backline - iBackline is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that connects music industry professionals and their families with mental health and wellness resources— streamlining access to a network of trusted organizations and care providers that understand this line of work.
  • Open Path Collective - Open Path is a no-cost directory that connects people in need to therapists offering affordable, online, or in-person psychotherapy.
  • BetterHelp.com - Making professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient - so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.
  • MUSICARES - MusiCares provides a safety net of critical health and welfare services to the music community in three key areas:
    • Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Services: Support, referrals, and emergency financial assistance for counseling, psychiatric care, inpatient treatment, coaching, intensive outpatient care, sober living and more.
    • Health Services: Financial assistance during medical crises and preventive services such as dental and medical screenings, hearing clinics, vocal health workshops, and assistance obtaining low-cost health insurance.
    • Human Services: Support for basic living expenses like rent, utilities, car payments and insurance premiums in times of hardship, plus programs addressing affordable housing, career development, legal issues and senior services.