Derek Lee Goodreid is Finding Comfort for PTSD Through Music
A discussion about one musicians experience with with PTSD and suicide in regards to his new song “Damned’. Music has been part of his healing process and his outlet for the emotional turmoil he struggles with.
Radio host Jacqueline Jax speaks with Derek Lee Goodreid about how to determine your musical direction and merchandising when your thinking about music career planning.
If you are having trouble and feeling isolated or depressed, you’ll want to connect with Derek and Jacqueline as they are no doubt positive influences to have in your life. People can save each other and music is a huge connector for forging that change. How you impact people every day is the best gift you can give yourself. Listen to the episode.
When I get up on stage and share this inferno of feelings, love, hope, loss, hate for injustice and everything in between, well that’s what makes life worth living for me.
Damned deals with my lifelong battle with PTSD and finding the strength to get help and moving past the nightmares of the violence that was done to me when I was younger. My music is packed with a blues-infused rockabilly punch peppered with soulful songs of being a light that overcomes the darkness within and around us.
Damned is an interesting song as I started to play more Rockabilly and upbeat music. The influence of the past, in particular, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley’s music and their struggle with their own demons helped me create something new and fresh sounding with my own personal lyrics of fighting demons. I think my music will continue growing by being respectful of the past but looking to the future and creating music that not only moves their feet to dance but their hearts and souls.
After a concert in my hometown of Fremantle (West Australia), I was told by a well-respected musician that I should sing and play to as many people as possible. Before that I wasn’t sure if I was good enough, now I play with more confidence and a great big smile on my face.
Music to me puts a fire in my belly. To get up every day and share that fire with as many people as possible. I sing at home with my wife and son. I sing at my day job and even perform for the patrons during my lunch breaks with my guitar.
Story and interview by Jacqueline Jax
- darinjellisonmusic : I agree with Derek. For so many of us, performing isn’t about “look at me, everyone!” It’s about letting it all out. Catharsis. It’s addicting and therapeutic.
- joegallagherjr: For me, I would say the same is true. The whole spectrum of emotion is covered. When I write, it’s like a prism
- avaliveradio@darinjellisonmusic It’s definitely a careful balance. As a musician you must be out there in the public but it’s a little tempting I’m sure to just put the music out there anonymously for people to enjoy without the hassle of taking the personal attacks.
- caramel_dmvYes…music is an expression that keeps on giving.
- avaliveradio@caramel_dmv what do you like about each piece of music you publish?
- caramel_dmv@avaliveradio When I’m writing, it gives me a sense of freedom to just let it all out & to be me. From the storms I’ve been or go through to the views & events that go on in this world. When I put that pen to the pad…I can feel good knowing that with my songs I at least reached one soul, got the wheels turning in someone’s head and/or got a much needed conversation started.
- karisakay76It is all about anyway I can add to ones day or life for me. Hopefully someone can be comforted or helped in some way by what I do!! 🎶❤️🎶
- theofficialniff@avaliveradio My story!! Having a Voice
- thecocoscottI like that! Best of luck to you and your career!
- hanna_voxI really love the expressions in this quote, like inferno. Really cool
- tiona_music_journey_@avaliveradio both but probably more hurt
- jacquelinejaxI’m inspired by people.