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Adam Lanceley finds solace in music as he welcomes us to the next century on his wholesome new album

“The new tracks that are on this album have all been recorded since my last EP came out and all were written and recorded during lockdown. Doing this then helped me to escape some of the stress of the situation and almost take myself to a sunnier, more care-free place. It was always intended that they would be released when the world seemed ‘brighter’ and, on a more personal level, it felt like a turning point where things suddenly seemed easier”

Says Putney’s Adam Lanceley, a 38-year-old indie musician, whose life was turned upside down when a catastrophic car accident left him with a series of fatal injuries. He was just ten years old when he sustained a severe brain injury, a crushed pelvis and shattered legs due to the car crash, with doctors advising that he was not likely to walk or talk again. Against all odds, Adam Lanceley has not only proven them wrong, but he has taken his remarkable recovery to extreme lengths through carving out his creative career as a singer-songwriter. Sky News has covered his story across radio stations globally, and through viral media, across countless online websites.

See Adam’s Story here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fIBwSXvlCs

Adam Lanceley has become a promising sportsman and a high-achiever academically, and Lanceley has brought solace to his own life with his love for self-producing music, which was inspired by his fondness for The Beach Boys in specific. His prolific output finds him releasing another new album, ‘Welcome To The Next Century’, an album made purely to express his personal devotion to music and the powers of expressing his own emotions, bolstered by the fascinating story behind the sounds.

Fortunately for Adam Lanceley, research has shown that music can be beneficial in managing physical pain. For example, one study of Fibromyalgia patients, reported by Pain Management Nurse in 2013, found that patients who listened to music for just one hour per day experienced a reduction in pain compared to those in a control group.

The clinical health benefits of finding solace in music have also translated to internal benefits. For instance, Medical News Today reported in 2015 in a study published by The Lancet Psychiatry that suggested listening to Hip-Hop music, particularly music released by Kendrick Lamar as a case study, may help individuals understand mental health disorders.

All of this makes rational sense because, according to Kim Innes, Professor of Epidemiology at West Virginia University’s School of Public Health, music has the power to “selectively activate” neurochemical systems and brain structures associated with positive mood, mood regulation, attention and memory in ways which promote beneficial changes. Mayo Clinic also points out that music has been clinically proven to slow cognitive decline to help those with dementia to recall episodes and memories from their lives.

Although he is mostly repaired from his physical injuries, Adam Lanceley’s battle with mental health struggles is still, sadly, an ongoing one. His only escape is music, the elements of which – like rhythm and melody – according to Barbara Else, Senior Advisor Of Policy and Research at The American Music Therapy Association, “are echoed in our physiology, functioning and being”, as reported by Medical News Today. In fact, we can all think of one song, at least, that triggers an emotional response when you hear it. It may be the song that you chose for the first dance at your wedding or a song that comforted your broken heart. Music can also trigger nostalgic feelings – reminding you of a long-lost friend or a specific night out with your friends.

It doesn’t mean this music has to be necessarily upbeat to prove very beneficial to your brain. The Arts In Psychotherapy journal once published that “Sad Music” enables mood arousal and regulation. It can help us validate negative feelings by relating to, and finding empathy within the music, aiding reflection as we navigate these negative personal experiences.

Through his new album, Adam Lanceley desperately wants for his listeners to recognise his craft as a coping mechanism for mental health strategies as he recovers from an illness that has affected the masses over so many recent lockdowns – as Adam Lanceley reminds us that it’s alright not to feel alright.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, feel free to visit the Samaritans website any time for 24/7 guidance for whatever you may be going through, here: https://www.samaritans.org/. Alternative options include The Mix Community, a space for young adults under the age of 25 to gain similar support, also including chat forums for discussion. Check it out here: https://community.themix.org.uk/

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Words by Jacob Braybrooke

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