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Welcome – 2018 Anzac Day

 

Hi there,

I wrote and recorded this song in 2015 for the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli. It garnered much attention. What has become clear in the last 3 years is that the issue of PTSD (Post traumatic stress disorder) in the military in Australia and most countries, is an open wound,, an unresolved issue,, a blind spot that our governments and many people do not truly understand – nor offer enough resources and options to help.. We do not treat our veterans well..

It is clearly time for some new approaches.

For example I point you to this recent program on PTSD featuring Major Steve McDonald, on The Project (Channel 10)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk_jRAwILAo (from 2.20 into the clip in particular)

Lest we forget – it is time to treat those who suffered greatly in 'defence' of our country with much more consciousness and to embrace new ideas that may indeed offer profound and lasting solutions. 

Nyck Jeanes

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This is a new ANZAC song that Australians will love to hear. A powerful and moving ballad written by a son for his father, one of Australia’s most decorated ANZAC soldiers. Opening with a dramatic military drumbeat, the sound of the flugelhorn and Nyck Jeanes remembering his father, Lt Col M. R. Jeanes commander of the 2/43rd Battalion marching in the ANZAC day parade. Streets of Adelaide (Old Soldier Going Home) captures the heart and imagination and takes you on a poignant voyage of appreciation of all soldiers who must find their way back home from the trauma of war.
 
An honest tribute, Streets of Adelaide is a celebration of the ANZACS, acknowledging their suffering and sacrifice and their final march home to victory. It appeals to all Australians who feel a special pride about our ANZACS – the fallen ones, and those who returned and continued with their lives carrying unspoken burdens while celebrating victory.
 
Featuring singer-songwriter Nyck Jeanes; backing vocals by Indigenous artist Marcelle Townshend-Cross, and featuring young breakthrough artist Claire Taylor, Streets of Adelaide is a song that has inspired support and collaboration, produced by Murray Burns of MI-SEX and mastered by Paul Gomersall (Kate Bush, Sinead O’Connor, Phil Collins),

As a pacifist I find all wars reprehensible – to me truer nature of the human spirit. However for those who fought, especially in earlier wars where the evolution of people perhaps simply didn't allow for deeper understanding and questioning of why war was happening, why they were going to battle – what was left over after the fighting were far too many cases of unacknowledged and untreated PTSD. My father being one. 

So this song is in no way a celebration of war, but a lament and reflection on damaged familial relationships, and the longing for connection that never happened.

 
Lest we forget.

COMMENTS FROM 2015

RIP Pte Henry Alfred Franco – My Great Uncle at Gallipoli 

Thanks to my niece Nicci Foster for this awesome research.

HENRY ALBERT FRANCO (her Great Great Uncle - my Great Uncle). 
He served in Gallipoli and died in France. Received a Military Medal and Serbian Silver Medal. 

Henry Franco and his sister Josephine were part of a very difficult to solve portion of my family tree research. Henry's mother Nora Fleming seemed to have appeared out of nowhere. It took painstaking research and help from some savvy geneology researchers that gave me their time for free to get…Read more

I Was Only 19. The Vietnam War Was Raging. Still Dad Never Spoke of It 

In 1971-72 I was only 19 as the song goes (or nearly).

I was at Adelaide University a highly radicalised anti-war campus at that time, and I, naive and inexperienced, only knew I didn't want to go to war. In '71 I participated in several anti-war marches including driving across the Hay Plains, nearly dying in an all too near severe accident when one of my friends lost the road in the rising sun, to arrive in Canberra for the Aquarian Festival of University Arts. It was mind-boggling to me. The bands, the…Read more

Anzac Day 100 years – Live Broadcast on BayFM 

Anzaz Day 100 years – Live Broadcast  www.bayfm.org
 

21/04/2015

What is it about Anzac Day and our remembrance? Why do young people go to the Dawn Service?

What is it in our culture, what effects does it have that resonates with us?

One hundred years since Gallipoli this week, a massive and disastrous military failure that was dumbly and blindly executed by the British command and that we still signify as somehow defining our character as Antipodeans. Perhaps it does and perhaps it doesn’t matter now. 

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Honouring the memories of a soldier who served (from Mr. Vitamins) 

http://mrvitaminsnews.com.au/mr-vitamins-outreach/streets-of-adelaide-old-soldier-going-home/

Honouring the memories of a soldier who served

As is typical with many military families, the returned Veteran says very little about the experiences of war, and often holds something of themselves at arms length from their families.  Thus it was that Nyck found when his father passed away, he knew almost nothing about his Dad’s experiences.  South Australian, Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn Roderick Jeanes was a…

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  • Yngve

    Yngve Kristiansen

    Thanks for sharing, Nyck! Beautiful song you've written :)

    Thanks for sharing, Nyck! Beautiful song you've written smile

  • Jenny

    Jenny Lokhorst

    Well done Nyck. Congratulations

    Well done Nyck. Congratulations

  • ian douglas

    ian douglas perth

    Well done mate,a touching story and beautiful words

    Well done mate,a touching story and beautiful words

  • Deb

    Deb Adelaide

    Thank you Nyck, this song is beautiful and how healing it is for the children of other vets who fought in wars to identify with every word you have written. To also know there are others who felt and experienced the same, which is also not often talked about. I am one of those children, and we are from Adelaide too! Great video as well, so thank you for a great song.

    Thank you Nyck, this song is beautiful and how healing it is for the children of other vets who fought in wars to identify with every word you have written. To also know there are others who felt and experienced the same, which is also not often talked about. I am one of those children, and we are from Adelaide too! Great video as well, so thank you for a great song.

  • Tas Browning

    Tas Browning Devonport

    Great message mate, being a vet myself its very much to the heart> Keep it going

    Great message mate, being a vet myself its very much to the heart>
    Keep it going

  • Michael Murray

    Michael Murray Byron Bay

    Well put together Nyck. Hope it gets out there. Good song, good website, good timing. My dad never talked about the war as well. He was in the same arenas - Tobruk, New Guinea. Maybe they served together.

    Well put together Nyck.
    Hope it gets out there. Good song, good website, good timing.
    My dad never talked about the war as well. He was in the same arenas - Tobruk, New Guinea. Maybe they served together.

  • Rachel

    Rachel South Africa

    Love the website and what a special song. I remember hearing this and singing this with you in its raw form. It always touched me so deeply. Wishing you great success- with love

    Love the website and what a special song. I remember hearing this and singing this with you in its raw form. It always touched me so deeply. Wishing you great success- with love

  • Bryon

    Bryon

    Nyck It's great that you can honor your father in that way. I never came to terms with my dads love of his war service, it was always too weird to me that my loving Christian father could be fine about dropping bombs on people. The ubombs have an Anzac Day song, give Me A Medal, it approaches the subject in a slightly different way. I think your song may be a little more sensitive to the reality.

    Nyck It's great that you can honor your father in that way. I never came to terms with my dads love of his war service, it was always too weird to me that my loving Christian father could be fine about dropping bombs on people. The ubombs have an Anzac Day song, give Me A Medal, it approaches the subject in a slightly different way. I think your song may be a little more sensitive to the reality.

  • Sono

    Sono Byron Bay

    Made me cry listening to your song. Oh those drums and the trumpet, or is it a bugle! I too remember those Anzac Day marches at dawn....my Dad proudly marching in his uniform....badges shining.....his uniform always too tight, reflecting the radical change in his life situation. I remember being drawn by the energy he held, of something I didn't understand at that time, a knowing that didn't include me, his favourite baby girl. The containment of something shocking and full of horror.....something to be put behind or locked away......until it resurfaced in his nightmares. He also never spoke of it. The only thing that he revealed was his refusal for many years to eat rice, which I later learned was because the Japanese ate rice. They held a lot, our fathers, our warriors for peace. I am sure the song will do well. It will resonate and touch deeply so many of us who remember. Much love and bright blessings to you Nyck Sono

    Made me cry listening to your song. Oh those drums and the trumpet, or is it a bugle!

    I too remember those Anzac Day marches at dawn....my Dad proudly marching in his uniform....badges shining.....his uniform always too tight, reflecting the radical change in his life situation. I remember being drawn by the energy he held, of something I didn't understand at that time, a knowing that didn't include me, his favourite baby girl.
    The containment of something shocking and full of horror.....something to be put behind or locked away......until it resurfaced in his nightmares.
    He also never spoke of it. The only thing that he revealed was his refusal for many years to eat rice, which I later learned was because the Japanese ate rice.

    They held a lot, our fathers, our warriors for peace.

    I am sure the song will do well. It will resonate and touch deeply so many of us who remember.

    Much love and bright blessings to you Nyck
    Sono

  • Naren

    Naren

    You're so fucking Gifted Nyck Awesome, My step-father, C.J. Jack Hazlitt, was born in 1897 and ran the comms lines out past the trenches on Gallipoli. Naren

    You're so fucking Gifted Nyck

    Awesome,

    My step-father, C.J. Jack Hazlitt, was born in 1897 and ran the comms lines out past the trenches on Gallipoli.

    Naren

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