Singer-songwriter Douglas MacGregor releases a double-A-side single, ‘The Well and The Flood’.
It’s part of a collection entitled ‘Songs of Loss and Healing’, a wider project aimed at exploring the connection between music and grief through engagement with the arts, engagement with the community and academic research.
As MacGregor explains: “From time immemorial, people all over the world have used music to help in times of loss, yet in the modern world it seems that much of this knowledge has been obscured and that very little is known about how music can be used as a tool to help in grief.
“And yet, as much as ever, there seems to be a need for guidance and help of those in grief, which is an often bewildering and alienating experience in modern society.
MacGregor lost his own mother to cancer at the age of 7, but feels that he didn’t grieve properly for another 25 years. Exploring the year-long process through music, he also did a Masters dissertation in Ethnomusicology – on the cross-cultural role of music in grief rituals around the world.
The new single, which launches the website, is the first in a series of 7 videos and related stories which also features Alex Neilson (of Alex Rex and Trembling Bells) talking about his own experience of grief and loss.