A local man gives musicians who have been diagnosed with cancer the chance to go to 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 that’s just a dream.
âIt’s literally a dream come true,â musician Seth Lucash said. âMusic has always been my therapy; it has always been my release.
Lucash is a marketing consultant who never played for anyone except a very close family until he was diagnosed with cancer.
âI was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2015, and by 2019 it had spread to my lungs,â he said. “It’s not a good diagnosis, and that’s where 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 an award. cancer diagnosis.
Jenny Langer is a professional musician diagnosed with lung cancer, which inspired one of her songs.
âSo many people want to express their sympathy to you when they hear you going through something difficult, but having someone give you this opportunity changes your life,â she said.
Langer, who recently married, credits Cancer Can Rock with helping her heal and move forward.
âThe sadness and anger and 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. all of this, âshe said.
Of the 30 musicians who recorded with Cancer Can Rock, four have died.
âWhen I told my wife about this opportunity, she didn’t say anything,â Lucash said, choking. âSorry. 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 lovely gift for her as well as for me.
âExactly why I started this,â said Cancer Can Rock founder Ebert. âRegardless of what happens with cancer, their family and friends will live it forever.â
Ebert, a brain cancer survivor, recalled the session with Stewart Jewell – one of the deceased artists.
âAt the end of the day he looked at me and said, ‘I forgot I had cancer today,’ and I thought, ‘That’s pretty good,’â said Ebert.
Cancer Can Rock is hosting a fundraising concert on June 13, with Jenny Langer.