Hello to all my friends and fellow artists in N1M. I am about to unleash a new full length record album called "Freak". I would love it if you all would consider supporting my Kickstarter campaign when it comes out in mid-July 2019. I am really excited because here is something for everyone on the new album. Please respond with a thumbs up and a positive vibe to this newsletter....so I know you actually got it and your email is for real. I plan on uploading some additional songs soon! I really need your help. I would also like to help you as much as I can on your new release. So let's help each other get through this! Peace to You. Andrew Neil
I wanted to thank everyone for the well wishes and positive vibes when I was hospitalized for three years. I was released from the hospital on 1 May 2017. I am now living in a group home in Charlottesville, VA and I am continuing to pour out my heart and write songs. I released an Album in October 2017 called "Code Purple - Andrew Neil". The Album contains 11 of the almost 70 songs I wrote and recorded at Western State Hospital while I was a patient there for 3 years. Code Purple is available on 180 gr Vinyl (limited to 300 copies), CD and digital download at CD Baby and DISCOGs. (Here is the link to CD Baby: link). There are big plans for this upcoming Spring and Summer as I now have a producer....but more on that later. Peace...Andrew Neil
Please help to support Andrew's recovery by purchasing his CD (via download on CD Baby and/or direct from his family). The CD was published in March 2012, following his live performance at Para Coffee in Charlottesville, VA. The CD has 16 tracts, 11 Live, from the show and five additional bonus tracks. As most of you know...Andrew has been hospitalized now for almost 2 years. We are hoping for his eventual recovery. With the proceeds of the sale of this CD, we can help him to begin to build a disability trust fund. If you would like a hard copy CD...I have 500 of them. You can message me direct at Raymann1@link. They are $9.00 each, free shipping. Thanks you! Here is the link to CD Baby: link
Tomorrow is Andrew's 27th birthday. He will be spending it in a hospital again. I wanted to thank everyone for listening to Andrew's music...as it makes a difference. His dream was to one day record in a real studio with some great musicians. We still hold out hope that one day this will happen. In recent months, Andrew's condition has deteriorated. He is still writing poetry, and longs to play a guitar again, but that is not possible at the moment. One of the goals in putting Andrew's music on this site and his site on reverbnation is to try to preserve what he has written over the last 5 years...and especially the 70+ songs he has written in his hospital room since the Spring of 2014. On this site and his reverb site these songs are annotated with "(WHS first cut)". Andrew's story is one that goes from a young man with a promising future.... a plebe at the US Military Academy at West Point .....to a long term patient at a State Hospital and a unremitting battle against the devastating and chronic brain disease that is referred to and labeled by Society as Serious Mental Illness (SMI). He did not ask for this curse and it is not his fault. His music is his way of expressing what he has been going through since his symptoms manifested themselves after his head injury from a car accident and altered the course of his life. The music began after his head injury in May 2009, as did his Psychosis. He has written approx. 250 songs since then. He never had any formal music training, and started composing on the keyboard in the fall of 2009. He first picked up a guitar in Apr 2010. His music is raw and unpolished. He does not follow the "rules" of songwriting. Some have called it minimalistic Folk....with a Grunge feel. His writing style has been compared to Syd Barrett, Donovan, Kurt Cobain and others....but remains uniquely "Andrew Neil". Thank you again for listening! Andrew would always say "Music makes a difference in this jello world" (from a line from his song Gypsy's Moss). Sincerely, Andrew's dad
I hope everyone is doing well. I thought I would share a song and a poem, written by Andrew recently in his hospital room: The Poem is typical of what I refer to as Andrew's "Folklorean Haiku". For those of you that may not be aware, Andrew is in a Hospital in a Long Term Care situation. It's complicated. Anyway.....he has been writing songs and poetry to make good of his time there. "Rainsong" (attached) is an example of one of the over 70 songs he wrote and recorded in his hospital room. Below is a Poem that he recently wrote. It is called "Dance".
"Dance" by Andrew Neil (10 July 2015)
Perhaps peace won't be so rare When from a truthful heart you always stare Reluctance gone In Mother Earth's care Dance to the song of "No Beware".