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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

A Journey of Discovery 

As my song and video for my ANZAC dad goes out into the world –  everyday I am deeply touched by the number of people who have had similar experiences to mine with family close or long gone. I feel gifted by the many reflections on personal journeys I have received of what happened to the Anzacs over these 100 years and why such emotional distance is so often the theme of family lives with their returned soldiers. In a curious way I had felt alone in not knowing my dad – but now finally after all these…Read more

Nyck Jeanes: His War Hero Father - They didn't get to talk about it  

Radio Interview on Legacy Hour Radio Adelaide
06 April 2015  Helen Meyer







Singer, Songwriter, Community Radio Announcer, ex-South Aussie Nyck Jeanes has released an incredibly moving song about his father, a highly decorated WWII soldier.

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…

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Musician Nyck Jeanes remembers war hero father Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn Jeanes in poignant song ‘Streets of Adelaide’ 

The Adelaide Advertiser:
Colin James THE ADVERTISER  APRIL 17, 2015 3:34PM

THE son of a South Australian war hero has released a poignant song to remember his father — and highlight the plight of traumatised war veterans.

Nyck Jeanes, 62, of Byron Bay, wrote Streets of Adelaide more than 20 years ago but only decided to record it late last year to mark the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli.

The video clip created by Mr Jeanes features footage of South Australian soldiers marching through Adelaide on their way…

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Song of decorated Adelaide WWII veteran writes song to honour the soldier he never knew 

Son's Ode to an ANZAC Hero 

Long time local resident, award-winning musician and favourite Bay FM radio presenter Nyck Jeanes is releasing a song for the upcoming 100th anniversary of ANZAC day. Whilst many of you may know Nyck from his work with Subway Bhaktis with Grammy nominated Kamal Engels, this new song is a strong departure from his previous music. The song, Streets of Adelaide, is a personal tribute to his father, a WWII hero.
 
Initial feedback from the song has been inspiring; “this is a wonderful song, and one that I reallyRead more

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  • Rikki

    Rikki

    Hello Nyck, this is a wonderful song, and one that I really relate to. I lost one uncle in WWWII (killed rescuing his passenger from his plane who was a resistance fighter) and another who was shot twice, carried his friend 20kms while wounded and spent 3 years in a German POW camp, and two others who served in the trenches in Papua New Guinea. I was born on Anzac Day. It is a very moving song and I hope to hear it played often on Anzac Day and other days - lest we forget! I hope and pray my son never has to serve. Much love, Rikki

    Hello Nyck, this is a wonderful song, and one that I really relate to. I lost one uncle in WWWII (killed rescuing his passenger from his plane who was a resistance fighter) and another who was shot twice, carried his friend 20kms while wounded and spent 3 years in a German POW camp, and two others who served in the trenches in Papua New Guinea. I was born on Anzac Day. It is a very moving song and I hope to hear it played often on Anzac Day and other days - lest we forget! I hope and pray my son never has to serve. Much love, Rikki

  • Pete

    Pete Millynn

    What an amazing tribute to your Dad. So evocative of Dawn Services and ANZAC marches with my late father. It's moving without being at all mawkish. Beautifully sung and played. Definitely needs to be out there. There's only so much Eric Bogel that one can take.

    What an amazing tribute to your Dad. So evocative of Dawn Services and ANZAC marches with my late father. It's moving without being at all mawkish. Beautifully sung and played.

    Definitely needs to be out there. There's only so much Eric Bogel that one can take.

  • Anando

    Anando Bharti

    Great song Nyck, fab production

    Great song Nyck, fab production

  • Miranda

    Miranda Denner

    its a beautiful song Nyck. Im sure my father would appreciate it too

    its a beautiful song Nyck. Im sure my father would appreciate it too

  • Karen

    Karen Eivers

    I'm really moved by the song and your sentiment . Such important stuff to acknowledge. As another devout pacifist who's Dad never knew his own father due to war I've always a lot of emotion around this topic. Well done. I shall get to making a donation and will share with others.

    I'm really moved by the song and your sentiment . Such important stuff to acknowledge. As another devout pacifist who's Dad never knew his own father due to war I've always a lot of emotion around this topic. Well done. I shall get to making a donation and will share with others.

  • Andrew

    Andrew Garton

    Bravo! It's on its way... You know after all these years jamming and playing together I don't recall having heard you play this.

    Bravo! It's on its way... You know after all these years jamming and playing together I don't recall having heard you play this.

  • Mayinda

    Mayinda Mayi

    Well Done! What a great tribute to your dad, and very well produced, good song for the radio xx

    Well Done! What a great tribute to your dad, and very well produced, good song for the radio xx

  • Coral

    Coral Jones

    I'm very touched by his story. Being a trauma therapist I have some understanding of the affects of generational trauma from various causes. I too tend to be a pacifist and yet I feel it is important to honour our soldiers stories & the imprints upon their families.

    I'm very touched by his story. Being a trauma therapist I have some understanding of the affects of generational trauma from various causes. I too tend to be a pacifist and yet I feel it is important to honour our soldiers stories & the imprints upon their families.

  • George

    George Gummow

    Best of luck, beautiful honoring of your Dad and the thousands of other Dad's and Mum's too. xoxo

    Best of luck, beautiful honoring of your Dad and the thousands of other Dad's and Mum's too. xoxo

  • Vanessa

    Vanessa Gorman

    Its beautiful Nyck .

    Its beautiful Nyck .

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