Song a rallying cry for children in crises
Kerikeri-based singer-songwriter Merv Pinny is adding his voice and a bit more to help highlight the plight of growing numbers of children being made refugees by war and extremist ideology.
Proceeds due to him from his latest release, "OB (can you hear the children cry)" will all go to selected charities dealing with children in crises.
The song, which he wrote, performed and co-produced under his own label MMusic had its genesis in the international news reports of conflicts throughout the Middle East, and particularly those in Syria and Iran.
Pinny said a number of the images on television shocked him to the extent that he had to give voice to his own feelings as both a father and as a human being.
In looking for a way to help, he discovered posts by Angelina Jolie detailing some of the challenges refugee children faced and some of the ways she was able to help. 'Whatever view I may have held of her earlier, she's now one of my new heroes; a kick-ass woman who is prepared to put much of herself on the line to do or get something done.
"And I say in the song, I didn't want to be the last man to speak up about the situation. The song is how I can give voice to how I feel and how I can hopefully convey that to others in a compelling helpful way. "
To help promote the song (and the level of donations) Pinny also produced an accompanying video.
To illustrate his points he searched for web-posted images of war, terrorism and corruption, finding exactly what he was wanting but in the process attracting the attention of authorities no doubt alerted by his quite specific web word searches. He says the search and importation of an old Russian gas mask to use in the video probably exacerbated the situation somewhat. Preproduction of the video was done on iPhone, then finished in his KeriKeri studios.
He is hoping the song and video clip will strike a chord amongst aware and caring people and raise a helpful amount of money to help the children crisis.