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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

Thanks To All Those Who Contributed 

Thanks to all those who worked on, contributed to or made some of the heartfelt comments here on the website – for all your work and support with Streets of Adelaide www.oldsoldier.com.au
All of you contributed as did many people in many ways.   I have just been notified that last week on the AMRAP charts around Australia (this is for community radio ...about 140 stations) the song was the Number 2 download!
  It was programmed into ALL local ABC stations around Australia. So that's great. Likely it…

Byron man writes song for Anzac father 

http://www.northernstar.com.au/news/sons-ode-to-his-anzac-dad/2617969/

"I COULDN'T reach out to him," said musician and radio announcer for Bay FM Nyck Jeanes.

"My father created a good life for his family, but he was always somewhat remote.

"He suffered from post traumatic stress disorder but I couldn't ask him about it."

Now, for the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli, the Byron Bay man has recorded a song for his father and for returned soldiers, expressing how he felt.

Mr Jeanes said it was…

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Dawn Service in Byron Bay & BayFM special Anzac Broadcast from Mullumbimby  

Lest we Forget! The clock says it! 
Spent the hour through a beautiful misty dawn at the Byron Dawn Service with about one thousand people – so many people under thirty, kids and families. I interviewed a number about why they were there. You can hear that here: 
https://soundcloud.com/elephant-room-radio/anzac-day-interviews-byron-bay-dawn-service

Very moving to talk to some of the younger people and to some of the veterans, one old digger actually talking about how he believed he had died at Gallipoli and…Read more

​From Rob Asquith – President, Byron Bay RSL Sub-Branch 


Thanks for the email, your song is fantastic.

We have all our preparations for tomorrows services planned for some time so unfortunately we are unable to use it but I will make sure we spread the word about your song and pass on your contact details.

Being a National Serviceman from 1967 to 1969 and having a father who was a Rat of Tobruk I can relate to your song and the story behind it. My dad died at age 62 and I never really got to know much about his time during WWII and it is much the same with my adult…Read more

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  • Azriel Re'Shel

    Azriel Re'Shel Byron Bay

    This is a poignant, and exquisite song. I was very moved when I first heard it. Nyck you have really captured the silent suffering of men in war. I feel this song will be powerfully healing for so many, with a ripple effect out into the society, families and all of us affected by war and conflict.. This is far more than just an Anzac song, it is a song for all men everywhere, for the masculine and the tremendous sacrifices and pain many men bear all alone. What a beautiful tribute to all the unsung heros. You have created such a wonderful video too and your voice is truly haunting. May it bring Grace to many people. What a wonderful tribute to your father, he must be smiling tears of joy wherever he is now!

    This is a poignant, and exquisite song. I was very moved when I first heard it. Nyck you have really captured the silent suffering of men in war. I feel this song will be powerfully healing for so many, with a ripple effect out into the society, families and all of us affected by war and conflict.. This is far more than just an Anzac song, it is a song for all men everywhere, for the masculine and the tremendous sacrifices and pain many men bear all alone. What a beautiful tribute to all the unsung heros. You have created such a wonderful video too and your voice is truly haunting. May it bring Grace to many people. What a wonderful tribute to your father, he must be smiling tears of joy wherever he is now!

  • Dharma Maria Mitra

    Dharma Maria Mitra

    t's really beautiful, i hope to see more Thanks... your voice is amazing and the guitar, the video just great in every way... Truly inspiring Nick..and wow what a journey... Bless your amazing Dad, all our Dad's.... it's brings tears to my eyes as I say this because life with and through my dad was certainly one of the greatest opportunities in my life to grow into what I experience now... much love..x

    t's really beautiful, i hope to see more Thanks... your voice is amazing and the guitar, the video just great in every way... Truly inspiring Nick..and wow what a journey... Bless your amazing Dad, all our Dad's.... it's brings tears to my eyes as I say this because life with and through my dad was certainly one of the greatest opportunities in my life to grow into what I experience now... much love..x

  • Michael Kenyon

    Michael Kenyon

    Great Story from a good friend of mine - read the story, listen to the song - 20% of sales being donated to Soldier On

    Great Story from a good friend of mine - read the story, listen to the song - 20% of sales being donated to Soldier On

  • Shelley Kenigsberg

    Shelley Kenigsberg

    Very beautiful... Thanks For posting, Alasdair Grant and huge congratulations Nyck Jeanes and michelle walter

    Very beautiful... Thanks For posting, Alasdair Grant and huge congratulations Nyck Jeanes and michelle walter

  • Ofer Michaelis

    Ofer Michaelis

    Well done Nyck. You are singing you father home so beautifully. Great effect with his image emerging between the waves. You can not return to where you have never left..

    Well done Nyck.
    You are singing you father home so beautifully.
    Great effect with his image emerging between the waves.
    You can not return to where you have never left..

  • Diane

    Diane Talty

    Nycks song has been played on our local ABC radio station, it's beautiful.

    Nycks song has been played on our local ABC radio station, it's beautiful.

  • Jane

    Jane Eivers

    Have heard it more than once now...always affects me as brings memories of my own Dad.I want to purchase it so I can share it with my brother.

    Have heard it more than once now...always affects me as brings memories of my own Dad.I want to purchase it so I can share it with my brother.

  • Karen

    Karen Eivers

    First time I heard this without the video clip I was so moved. Weeks later my Mother came down and started to tell me about this song she'd heard Nyck play on BayFm and how she'd sobbed remembering her own Dad and his story and consequently her story. My father never met his Dad, and we all missed out on knowing that Grandfather due to war. I remember seeing Gallipoli at the cinema with my Dad and his tears at the end. I remember the veterans at the Anti war rallies that packed the streets of Sydney pre Iraq, wearing their medals but also holding signs reminding us that they'd seen war and imploring us not to go back into battle. So many of us touched in different ways. I'd love to see this song go viral A good starting point for deeper conversations around the trauma of war and honouring and looking after those who've witnessed it in deeper ways as we reflect on the Anzac centenary.

    First time I heard this without the video clip I was so moved. Weeks later my Mother came down and started to tell me about this song she'd heard Nyck play on BayFm and how she'd sobbed remembering her own Dad and his story and consequently her story. My father never met his Dad, and we all missed out on knowing that Grandfather due to war. I remember seeing Gallipoli at the cinema with my Dad and his tears at the end. I remember the veterans at the Anti war rallies that packed the streets of Sydney pre Iraq, wearing their medals but also holding signs reminding us that they'd seen war and imploring us not to go back into battle. So many of us touched in different ways. I'd love to see this song go viral A good starting point for deeper conversations around the trauma of war and honouring and looking after those who've witnessed it in deeper ways as we reflect on the Anzac centenary.

  • Emma

    Emma Saad

    This is incredible. Thank you for sharing Karen x

    This is incredible. Thank you for sharing Karen x

  • Dharma Maria

    Dharma Maria Mitra

    It's really beautiful, i hope to see more Thanks... your voice is amazing and the guitar, the video just great in every way... Truly inspiring Nick..and wow what a journey... Bless your amazing Dad, all our Dad's.... it's brings tears to my eyes as I say this because life with and through my dad was certainly one of the greatest opportunities in my life to grow into what I experience now... much love..x

    It's really beautiful, i hope to see more Thanks... your voice is amazing and the guitar, the video just great in every way... Truly inspiring Nick..and wow what a journey... Bless your amazing Dad, all our Dad's.... it's brings tears to my eyes as I say this because life with and through my dad was certainly one of the greatest opportunities in my life to grow into what I experience now... much love..x

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