Song in mem­ory of Steve

Dalby Herald - - NEWS -

IN FE­BRU­ARY this year my un­cle, Steve Cook, lost his bat­tle with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion, and we all lost a loved friend, hus­band, fa­ther and grand­fa­ther.

My song Green Here Again is ded­i­cated to his mem­ory and as a trib­ute to his fam­ily, who are try­ing to work out how to live on without him.

When my fam­ily and I drove into the War­rum­bun­gles for our first visit in July, we were amazed and, ini­tially, con­fused by the bizarre ap­pear­ance of the moun­tain ranges – green and beau­ti­ful but with dis­tinct black trees pro­trud­ing through the canopy like quills on a por­cu­pine.

We came to re­alise that this was due to the dev­as­tat­ing bush­fire that had de­stroyed 56,000 acres of na­tional park and 56 homes back in the sum­mer of 2013.

Green Here Again is my way of cel­e­brat­ing the life of a man loved by many, who should be here to en­joy the com­pany and love of his fam­ily and friends.

While his fam­ily will never be the same without him I hope that, in time, there will be green again in all their lives and that they will re­mem­ber Steve Cook work­ing hard, play­ing hard and en­joy­ing life as he did for so many years.

Deal­ing with de­pres­sion, es­pe­cially for men in re­gional Aus­tralia, is some­thing that needs to be brought to pub­lic at­ten­tion.

Strug­gling with anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion should no longer be some­thing that is suf­fered in si­lence.

Green Here Again can be lis­tened to or down­loaded for free at­here — Michael Cook

4672 5500 ed­i­toral@dal­by­her­ face­­byNews­pa­pers 44 Cun­ning­ham St, Dalby, 4405

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