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Cendrine Marrouat: WHY is a very committed band. You have been part of the Make Poverty History movement for a number of years. Tell us more about this.
Todd Laurie: I feel a responsibility to help others in need. Not only is it the right thing to do, it’s the only thing to do. People don’t choose to be impoverished and anyone at any time can find themselves in a time of need.
Brian Cook: I can only speak for myself here but I believe that we, living in the developed world, need to be thankful for all that we have. And we have a lot. For me I focus on the giving in being thankful. Reach out to those without the basic necessities of life, (that I often take for granted) and at little cost to myself try to even things out a bit.
I’ve been a child sponsor since I was a teen so I think my parents instilled a sense of empathy and social justice early on. And I’ve seen the benefit of such sponsorship in the lives of the children I have had the honour to sponsor over the years through WORLD VISION Canada.
Dave Bergmuller: It has always been on my heart to help those who really need it. I had someone come to the door last year asking to help save the whales, or something similar to that. While I have nothing against these sorts of things, I have to look at the stats. Back in 2008, to get a good jump on ending world hunger, we were looking at a $30 billion dollar price tag (or so). Coincidentally, that was the amount Americans and Europeans spent on ice cream that year. So, I will pass on saving the whales until we can feed everyone on the planet. The crazy thing is that feeding everyone on the planet would really not change people’s personal financial state. It may mean giving up a cup of coffee now and then, or sponsoring a child in a developing nation. But before I go off on a rant, I will simply say we need to help people.
CM: How can people get involved and help the band?
Rob Langan: That’s always a good question. If people like the band, then we hope to see them at the shows. They can join our MySpace page and find us on Facebook as well. But the hardest thing for an independent band is radio play. Requesting our music to the stations is always appreciated, as is sharing our music with friends.
Brian Cook: Well you can help the band by simply buying our music, coming to our shows and continuing to request our music at your local radio stations. And if they don’t have it let us know. But we really just want that one-on-one connection with our audience. For example, we had a woman in Germany contact us on myspace and say: ‘…when I listen to your song THE SURFACE, I don’t want to cut my self anymore.’ I have to admit that was a wake-up call for me personally, because I had been getting so hung up on charts, demographics, CD and online sales, which had become my definition of Success. This woman’s message of how our song recorded in a basement in Winnipeg had reached her in Germany and became the theme song to her recovery, to her healing. Suddenly SUCCESS changed for me. As far as I’m concerned “The Surface” is a hit song. Not based on charts or sales or radio play but because it changed her perception of her value as a person…that is a Hit Song.
End of part 3.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, blogger, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com