Song in memory of Steve
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 at www.greenhere again.com. — Michael Cook
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