New song by Peter Newland, a hymn to healthcare workers
SPRINGFIELD – Peter J. Newland would like to thank you.
The seasoned musician and songwriter’s new song ‘Lean On Me / Stand By You’ is designed to thank and support frontline healthcare workers and will be performed publicly for the first time at an event broadcast live from Total Eclipse Studios on May 6 at 7 p.m.
After the performance, a 45-minute live performance by Newland and his band RadioX will be followed by the first screening of the video “Lean On Me Stand By You”.
If people miss the event live, it will be available on his YouTube channel (“Peter J. Newland”) or on his Facebook page.
He said Recall publication the response from healthcare workers who have already seen the video “has been phenomenal.”
The new song was born out of Newland’s reactions to what was going on in the pandemic, but also because of advancements in technology that allowed him to work with Nashville session guitarist Jeff King and his team and award-winning producer / engineer at the Grammy Awards Matt McClure.
He explained: “I shared [the song] with Taylor Dunn, a writer friend of mine from Nashville, and he told me he thought my scope was too narrow. He felt the song had an anthemic quality and the possibility of a much wider appeal. I took his advice and rewrote. The song told me what it wanted to be: a song for and about everyone with a focus on frontline healthcare workers.
Besides the song, he created a # thxcrgvr social media hashtag for people to post a supportive message on Facebook and Instagram.
Newland said: “When the pandemic was declared in March 2020, I was thinking first and foremost about the cohort of healthcare professionals and support staff on whom the burden of care was going to fall. Thanks to social media, we had a remarkable window into what they are going through and how they are feeling. All of this took place in a media climate dominated by a daily cycle of hyper events that obscure their remarkable work and sacrifices.
He believes the song’s message will last longer than the end of the pandemic. He noted that about 61% of healthcare workers have psychological or emotional issues due to what they witnessed during the pandemic.
“We want to continue to reach this base,” he said.
As more and more restrictions decrease, Newland plans to perform the song live at appreciation events.
The video was shot locally in downtown Springfield and Wilbraham.
“We had to be pretty creative,” Newland said. He added that accessibility to health facilities was limited. He has collaborated with West Springfield photographer / videographer Walt Steinmetz, Andrea Newland and David Newland.
He explained that the video was inspired by videos of healthcare workers and news footage of crowds in New York and Paris standing on balconies and clapping, clapping and singing to frontline healthcare workers at the end. of their shift. It stars Erin Greene Wallace of Greene Room Productions in Monson.
Newland explained that the single was created remotely. He had been working on a legacy project retracing his musical career from his time as frontman of the rock band Fat until now. He noted that 80% of this was done virtually and after talking with King they figured out how to make the new song virtually.
Newland recorded his lead vocals in West Springfield on the Rotary Record on a “click track,” which kept the musicians in tune with the vocals.
“It was one of the highest quality recordings made in my life,” he said, adding that he was grateful for the technology and ingenuity that came out of the pandemic.
He added that healthcare workers “need to hear from us. A simple gesture is really what they need in a huge way.