On The Mend - The ChallengeStories & tracks from all 12 songs
We chose to write this song because the lyrics and feeling of the song can easily be associated with having a disease and the ups and downs of life in general. The song is an attack on life’s injustices and was written during a time that influenced the lyrics. If you listen you can hear that there is a lot of meaning between the lines.
Christ Won't Fix Your Heart Attacks
Hilda Heller ft On The Mend Band (Sweden)
Staring at the Ceiling is my interpretation of facing the unimaginable. The silence and the fear that follows, a feeling of wanting to escape. Watching your life collapse and yet having to keep moving forward. The spotlight is on you now, everything else is falling apart, standing alone in the fight against darkness…
Staring At The Ceiling
The Heartbeat Band (Finland) ft Miracles of Modern Science (USA)
Still Young In My Eyes is written from a friendship and embracing life perspective. We all need to take care of the short time we have been granted and the few real friends we share this world with, in both good and bad times!
Still Young In My Heart
Early Bird & The Forest ft Janne Schaffer & Pontus Engborg (Sweden)
A song written from a family perspective. In the vicinity of those affected by cancer are always friends and relatives who struggle with other aspects and consequences of the disease. Early Bird & The Forest have not been left untouched.
Miracles of Modern Science (USA, Australia, Russia)
We were honored to be a part of On The Mend. In the spirit of the fundraiser, put together by a major Foo Fighters fan, we wanted to use the opportunity to celebrate a Foos tune. When we take on a cover, we can’t help but tear the song apart and put it together in our own weird way with our unconventional string-baselineup. So ”Big Me,” with its Beatlesque simplicity, seemed like a particularly fun challenge. Beyond that perfect melody and strummed chords, there’s not much to pick apart, so we had to balance honoring the original with some inventing – helped along by gonzo producer Pelle Henrickson. We’re thrilled that our version of ”Big Me” could help fight the Big C. As they say in Sweden, fück cancer!
Slow Fox (Sweden)
I need music to say what I can not say with words alone. I need to hear others say what I can not put into words myself. When I am not strong enough to make my own music I can still find strength in leaning on the music of others. In sickness and in health we need music and each other.
Black Dog Waltz
Erlend Fauske (Norway) ft On The Mend Band & Friends (Sweden, Norway, USA, UK)
This rendition of Foo Fighters ”On The Mend” is based on Erlend Fauskes beautiful instrumental version of the song. Erlend sent us the tracks from his studio in Bergen, Norway, and we made a quick remix with space for vocals. Then we sent a mixed mp3 to USA, UK and Norway again. In USA, Miracles Of Modern Science’s Evan Younger added some vocals. So did Paul Alcock of Monkeyface in Gloucester UK and Bjørn Morten Johansen of Inculcado in Fauske Norway.
When we got all the song tracks and videos from these nice guys we added some vocals from Jeanette Haglund and Camilla Nordgren and Pelle Henricsson (the producer) added some acoustic drums at the end of the song and I (Mats Johansson) added some electric bass, also at the end of the song. So this song is truly an international co-production. One that Erlend felt excited about. Sadly Erlend never got to hear the finished song as he passed away in cancer on november 18th, 2015.
On The Mend
Sage Craigen (Australia)
Cancer truly is a horrible disease and participating in this is a step in the right direction, Music is my passion and its good to see that I can help people in need with music.
We are so proud to be part of a project which is raising funds in the fight against this awful illness. Our first single ‘You’re Amazing’ was written about an incredible young girl in the UK, Rosie Kilburn, who tragically died of cancer, aged just 17. She was a fighter, and never gave up. She set up ‘The Knock On Effect’ in order to do something positive, and to raise funds and awareness. On The Mend is carrying on with that incredible fight and we are so pleased to have been able to contribute. Mats, and the rest of the team have been an inspiration to us during our time in Sweden. To Mats, Camilla, Senada, Pelle and everybody else that we met and worked with in Umea, love, respect and peace. Let’s show cancer who’s boss.
Into My Life
Oliver Bohman (Sweden)
I have seen and experienced how cancer affects friends and family. That’s why it´s so important to me to participate in the fight against cancer.
Three Magic Words
Sara Holmström ft On The Mend Band (Sweden)
Cancer, cancer, cancer … I get the chills every time I hear the word .. A disease becoming more and more common, and many struggle fiercly aginst this disease. As an artist I want to support On The Mend – The Challenge and help raise money for such an incredibly important cause! I wanted to speak from my soul so I wrote a song about my son who never got the chance to live.
Together we can make a difference !!