As the world locks its doors, and we wait for news that it’s okay to go to the pub again, I’m sat here thinking about how different life was when the idea was first realised for the IMN compilation album, It’s A Wonderful Life, and it’s accompanying podcast. It was the start of February, and the decade anniversary of Mark Linkous’ death was approaching. It seemed like a good time for us to pay homage to his legacy, as well as doing our bit to highlight how crucial it is to have discussions about mental health. It was horrendously reiterated how important this was with the untimely death of Caroline Flack on February 15th. This tragedy inspired the saying “Be Kind”, and with it, the conversation was bought to the forefront of social consciousness again.

As I write this, on April 2nd, the circumstances have changed. We are all stuck indoors until further notice, video calling our parents, friends and relishing the opportunity to say hello to actual people, even if it’s behind a face mask found on the floor. But mental health continues to be an essential discussion to have; especially in these times where many will be isolating alone. It’s vital to remind others who are uncertain, and very possibly anxious at this time, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. We’re in a unique, once in a lifetime situation, and many are scared. Remind them that you’re only a phone call away. Or Houseparty, if you’re a bit of a tosser.

The podcast for It’s A Wonderful Life features many musicians talking openly and honestly about their experiences in regards to mental health. We’ve included bits about Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous’ life in there too. We hope you get something positive from this project; namely that you’re not alone and people do care.

While you’re here, check out the compilation album too. It features CheerbleederzCat RyanTenciClub BeirutIn EarnestLake NotionThe Losing TouchTom John HallSonny ElliotAsthmatic HarpGreg PooleNicky SmithThe RoselineSeagothSheerbuzzGhostarWaltz AwayThe John Andrews BandPaperfriendJuliet GarrettIsabelle TarranTaya MinchingtonMy Everest, and Gudjohr

All the money raised will go to Mind; a charity that offers information and advice to people with mental health problems and lobbies government and local authorities on their behalf. It also works to raise public awareness and understanding of issues relating to mental health.

Take care of yourselves, stay safe, and for God’s sake, don’t hoard toilet paper. Kiss kiss.

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