Oceans II by Vince Grant.
Check out this video from singer-songwriter, Vince Grant, called “Oceans II,” which appears on his EP, My Depression Is Always Trying to Kill Me. Grant is championing honesty about mental illness by releasing the latest video. This release has ignited a public discussion about depression.
Vince Grant’s musical journey is reminiscent of Guy, the lead character in the movie “Once,” as he spent his first two summers after moving from his hometown of Chicago to Los Angeles busking on Venice Beach. After his first stint in Los Angeles, he moved back and forth between there and New York for years, playing in various bands, gigging, touring, even playing at SXSW, while working a series of dead end jobs until eventually drug and alcohol problems derailed him.
Says Vince, “Drugs, alcohol, depression, they took me out.” After a successful recovery, Vince has channeled his experiences into a new 5 song EP. Free from the constraints of a band situation he feels he has found his authentic voice and a style he can call his own.
“I’ve suffered from depression my whole life. Really can’t recall a time I haven’t been depressed, even as a kid. In more joyful moments, I was and still am aware of the specter of the disease lurking in the shadows, hovering around me and waiting to pounce at any moment. It’s an unnerving way to live. After years of painful confusion I was placed on psychiatric drugs and later diagnosed as being bipolar. I took these medications for quite some time and during the last four years of treatment was on three different psych meds per day. During this period I was also self-medicating by drinking heavily and using various street drugs as well as abusing my prescription medications.
I write songs to cope. I’d like to say I write songs to heal, but that may be asking too much.”
“Oceans II” is a great track filled with emotion. Keep fighting the good fight, Vince, we’re rooting for you!
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