Benefit Piano Solo Concert to Raise Awareness

Greg Morton

By Greg Morton

Domestic violence inspires all the music in this concert. Over the last year I encountered the truth of domestic violence; it is a human problem not a gender problem.

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Benefit Piano Solo Concert to Raise Awareness
Greg Morton
Sat, Nov 28, 7pm
Bellas Artes

There are more than 200 studies dating back 40 years, all revealing the same truth. This problem exists everywhere in the world with minor fluctuations in some cultures, countries, and from year to year.

The process of creating the music for this concert came from watching dozens of videos and reading stories of men and women who have been abused by a loved one. Their stories are strikingly sad and strikingly similar except for one difference. When women tell their stories they are believed. Men are often not believed, often laughed at, and sometimes even accused of being the abuser when victimized by a woman. If children are involved and a man complains of abuse from his female partner, the children are often taken away from him and given to the abusive mother.

 

 

Somehow, when women abuse men it becomes the proverbial elephant in the room. No one wants to see it.

In Canada, 600 shelters exist for women, but none for men. This lack of resources for men exists throughout the world and flatly states that when men experience pain, society cares less than when women experience pain. Men often do not recognize when they receive abuse because of the general belief that women do not abuse, or do so rarely. All of this information instilled a feeling in me and music reflecting these emotions began to come out while playing the piano. One of the pieces, The Current of Emotional Abuse, feels to me like the pain we have all felt at times when confused and hurt, especially by a loved one. Add abuse into the pain and a kind of dreamlike quality comes into it because the psychic injury of this experience comes from someone we believe will not treat us this way. Abusers do not care about the feelings of others; if they did, they would not abuse.

Some of the music sounds more melodic and softer. A few other pieces express more pain. The gift of music allows us to connect to pain, sorrow, and beauty, often at the same time. I believe I have accomplished this in the music I have created because of this very tragic human behavior.

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