Photo by Lana Yanovska
As a teenager the British composer and pianist Garreth Broke wrote a little melody on his old Obermeier upright piano, a melody that was a musical relief in a difficult time for him, when his mother "was struggling with mental health problems". Those certain notes on his old upright piano have always stuck in his head. In 2015, while he was working on his debut album his mother tragically died. It was a trauma for him and music was his coping mechanism to overcome the grief and the sadness in this difficult time.
Everyone develops coping mechanisms. My coping mechanism is playing the piano." - Garreth Brooke
So he continued the work on his album and this little piano melody from his teenage days became a part of the title track "Coping Mechanism" of his eponymous album. Like the other compositions on his solo piano debut, it was deeply shaped by the tragic suicide of his mother, who had inspired him to make and record his own music. "She had suffered from depression for about half my life; she had been so positive at times, and then at times so desolate, so low.[...]", said Garreth in an interview with Piano & Coffee. The composition "Coping Mechanism" is a musical reflection on this time and his personal coping mechanism.
With his music, his words on Facebook about this situation, and his work for World Suicide Prevention Day 2016 Garreth found a way to help not only himself but also his family and friends and thousands of people who also suffer under such circumstances. So enjoy Garreth's new video for his highly intense and emotive piano piece "Coping Mechanism", which was produced by Tall Guy Pictures.
Video was produced by Tall Guy Pictures and you will find more of their works on their website: www.tallguypictures.com