Songs of Substance
Songs of Substance™ draws on Pete’s experiences in the field as a medical social worker and takes the listener on a journey of what the world looks like through his eyes, a place of compassion, understanding and loving kindness where healing can happen.
Medicine or Food
Topics: Elderly, Poverty, Medicine, Hunger, Rural
Main Message: Even though there are resources available, many rural elderly individuals are unwilling to accept “charity.”
Their children may not even be aware of the desperate state of the day to day living conditions of their elderly relatives.
Topics: Medicine, Therapy, Touch
Main Message: One of the growing problems across all populations is isolation and depression related to chronic loneliness.
Sometimes the best medicine is a gentle pat on the hand or back, or even a hug when appropriate to show others we care about them.
The Guitar Can
Topics: Healthy self expression, depression, suicide, mental, emotional, music therapy
Main Message: With so many individuals suffering from depression, it’s important to find a healthy form of self expression as a way to elevate one’s mood and prevent suicide and other self harming behaviors.
Not for Glory
Topics: Military, PTSD, Veterans, First Responders
Main Message: Veterans and first responders often feel they can’t open up to family and friends about their experiences, because they do not want to burden them with knowledge of the horrors they have seen in the line of duty.
With the high rate of suicide among vets, it’s important to take a look at the mental and emotional health of not only our military service men and women, but also of their families.
Topics: Domestic abuse, Violence, Women, Battered, Self image
Main Message: Individuals living in abusive relationships may feel marginalized, disrespected, and desperate. They may not even allow themselves to acknowledge their feelings, keeping them trapped inside where they lead to depression, self loathing, or even self harm.
These Five Things
Topics: Hospice, Dying, Compassion
Main Message: The world looks very different through the eyes of individuals who are dying or have been diagnosed with a life threatening illness.
This song puts the listener in the position of someone who is slowly losing their faculties, and helps foster compassion and empathy for caregivers.