John D Hastings

Community

My wife Frankie and I grew up in places where people looked out for each other and connected through social activities.

We all thrive in a caring community. It’s important to share our success and talents, help build a fair and happy environment in which to live, work and play.

As a singer songwriter I craft songs and sing lead, harmonies and backing vocals. I set up my own music and fan site with Frankie to show music is universal no matter what your age or background. There are so many talented singers, musicians, songwriters out there producing great music. We want to create a postive music community for you to enjoy and have fun with! Please come with us on our journey, buy and download directly from our website. We promise we will reinvest into making and sharing with you fantastic original music and more. From us and our music friends and collaborators: Thank you so much!

Music is truly universal. It brings joy, helps us express our emotions. Music connects people.

One of our local community projects:

“When It’s Gone” supports a rescue community project, North-East England by highlighting environmental issues. I was shocked and saddened by the number of fires last year on Eston Hills, many deliberately caused by arson. Sadly, these fires are already appearing again this year.

I heard about Cleveland Archaeology Trust (CAT),  formed by Spence Carter an archaeologist leading a rescue excavation called “Ice and Fire” on Eston Hills, in association with the Archaeological Society. It’s a “rescue project” due to the damage caused by fires, vandalism and quad bikers churning up the earth.

Frankie and I got in touch with Spence, to support CAT whose own funding streams have now been put on hold due to the ongoing pandemic. We will make a donation from UK digital sales of “When It’s Gone” from this website, to the “Ice and Fire” Eston Hills project and community work. 

I was inspired initially to write about the hopeless situation in my hometown. The song's message soon became much bigger. Similar arson attacks in the world: wild fires in California and bush fires in Australia last year highlighted the destruction of the natural habitat of wildlife and animals, damaging biodiversity possibly beyond repair. Climate change is a big part of the problem too, for instance longer periods without rainfall create higher density of dry environments.

Yet the current world pandemic has helped us rediscover our open spaces, relearning the simple joy of sharing them with family and friends. The joint issues of biodiversity and climate change will still continue. Never in history have we needed to care for our natural landscapes for future generations to enjoy. As the song’s bridge says, “Together we must change it: You and I”

This is how we give back. Especially when you, the fans support us, we will pass on that goodwill to our community and charity partners.

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Cleveland Archacology

World Environment Day - our tribute

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