Hope by Brian Toledo & Eric Toledo
Written & Recorded on 4/14/2001 by Eric Toledo using a Yamaha MT4X 4-track cassette recorder, purchased at Skips Music Sacramento, CA and given to Eric by his Dad. Thank you for your continued love and support.
The Holy Toledo Brothers:
Brian Toledo – Drums
Eric Toledo – Vox, Acoustic Guitar 1 & 2, Bass
This is dedicated to anyone who needs a little HOPE in their lives.
I’d love to hear COVER versions of this song, lyrics or not or whatever. To spread the simple universal message of HOPE. Please help me spread HOPE by covering this song and sharing it.
Included in the album download is the original lyrics & chords for HOPE. Unfortunately I cannot find the master cassette tape or I’d upload the individual tracks as well. This song is CCMUSIC licensed.
You can download an alt mix of HOPE free on SounCloud too: http://soundcloud.com/eroctech/hope
Written when I was 22 during a very dark time of change in my life. HOPE is my prayer. I struggle with Bipolar. I have struggled with depression since I can remember. At age 13 was the first time I was hospitalized for my depression, it would not be the last.
I’ve had many good years and some bad, mostly good. I’m very lucky. I was able to get help and have friends and family be there for me. Not everyone has that or is too afraid to speak up. No one wants to talk about Mental Health yet in the USA alone about 43 million adults suffer from some mental disorder A YEAR. Yet many lack access to mental healthcare. Instead of more bombs and bailing out the rich maybe we should change this? Just a thought.
We all have those times in our lives when we just don’t see how we can make it past right NOW. But you will make it. I promise you it’s going to be ok. It may not be easy and you will have fears and doubts aplenty, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s ok to speak up.
Believe in something other than yourself. Be kind to yourself. Never give up, never surrender. Go and make mistakes. Lots of them. They are going to happen anyway might as well enjoy the ride. And above all LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. Especially yourself.
This life is a gift. Take it easy.
If you would like to donate to help those struggling with mental illness, consider one of the following groups.
[American Foundation for Suicide Prevention | www.afsp.org ]
This national charity works to understand and prevent suicide by supporting research looking at the causes of suicide, helping those who have suicidal thoughts or those who have lost someone to suicide, and working with federal and state government on policies to prevent suicide and care for those at risk.
[Brain & Behavior Research Foundation | bbrfoundation.org ]
This foundation awards scientific grants to those working to make discoveries in understanding the causes and improving the treatments of mental disorders, such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety, autism, and bipolar, attention-deficit hyperactivity, post-traumatic stress, and obsessive-compulsive disorders. They’ve awarded close to $310 million to more than 3,700 scientists in the past 25 years.
[Treatment Advocacy Center | www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/index.php ]
This charity works to improve the treatment of severe mental illness by promoting policies and practices for the delivery of psychiatric care and supporting the development of treatments for and research into the causes of psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
[Trevor Project | www.thetrevorproject.org ]
This national organization, founded by the creators of the Academy-award winning short film Trevor, provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens and young adults.