Review: Scott Marshall Releases Tender ‘Reminders’ for Mental Health Awareness

Inspired. Raw. Emotional.

Those three words can be used to describe Scott Marshall’s limited edition EP, “Reminders,” a six-track, mostly-acoustic effort meant to raise mental health and suicide prevention awareness.

The EP, whose proceeds will benefit NAMI of the Lehigh Valley and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, is only available in limited quantities in hard copies. The origin of “Reminders” can be traced to five years ago, when Marshall met friends Bob and Mary O’Rourke at one of his heroin awareness benefit concerts. After learning that the couple lost their daughter, Kimberly, they became fast friends, which eventually led to spending more time together, and creating impromptu musical moments during a conversation at Marshall’s home one afternoon in May.

“(I was) talking with Bob and my wife in my kitchen about the alarming amount of folks we see struggling with addiction, mental illness, depression, and the rise of suicide, (and) we begin to reflect on a personal level about the struggles that we face as families and friends, while trying to help or deal with the pain of loss and somehow move on or at least cope in a healthy manner.”

During that conversation, the O’Rourkes were invited to join the recording session for opening track “Where I Fly” was born. The tune features Mary on piano, and is the collective result of the trio’s conversation and the message of love and beauty drawn from it.

From there, the writing and recording process took just two days, according to Marshall. “Reminders” features other tender and vulnerable moments, including “The Love Inside,” which is hallmarked by the electric piano of Dave Burt and touches on love’s power to save us from the depths of our minds. Also present is a stripped-down version of “Faith Hope Music Love” favorite “Your Love;” a father-son rendition of “Be Strong” featuring Marshall Scott on piano, where a reflective Scott Marshall uses lessons and memories to preach togetherness; and the hopeful “Good to Be Alive,” which invites the full Marshall’s Highway band to get in on the action.

“It’s amazing when this kind of inspiration hits and when it involves others,” Marshall noted. “Together, we can go on to help many others.”

Listeners are also advised to keep an ear out for the sixth, bonus track. We’ll let you discover it on your own.

Track listing:
Where I Fly
The Love Inside
Your Love
Be Strong
Good To Be Alive
Bonus Track

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