Premiere: Chris Leamy Shines in Soulful Anthem “Great Mistakes”

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Chris Leamy’s heartfelt anthem “Great Mistakes” implores us to see past our differences and recognize all our fellow humans for the people they are.

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“If only ever money talked, it would say, go back to that day where we lost track – find a way: We can take back all our great mistakes,” sings Chris Leamy in his powerfully heartfelt new single. A cry for empathy full of passion and grace, “Great Mistakes” implores us to see past our differences and recognize all our fellow humans for the people they are.

I guess if all of life’s a trade
I will sell all of the dreams I’d chase
When you call a spade a spade
I’m for sale, I’m for sale, and
from my heart I’ve strayed
All would work perfectly
It would be heaven
Listen: “Great Mistakes” – Chris Leamy

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Great Mistakes,” Chris Leamy’s evocative first release of 2018. An emerging singer/songwriter from New York, Leamy is a former Morgan Stanley trader with a truly powerful backstory. After being misdiagnosed with a terminal disease three years ago, he developed a debilitating case of OCD that left him struggling to get through daily life. He found help through an unlikely connection: The city’s homeless community.

Great Mistakes - Chris Leamy

Great Mistakes – Chris Leamy

Now spearheading a social movement called #heplaysforme dedicated to humanizing the homeless population through the power of music, Leamy is well on the way to establishing himself in New York City. The #heplaysforme concept is simple: By sitting next to a homeless person and simply playing music, Leamy attracts folks who might otherwise pass by without a second glance. This effort, in addition to helping some individuals get themselves off the street, has transformed Leamy’s purpose in life. “I have seen the impact of SMALL acts of kindness and the amazing things that came from them… Before this project, I completely misjudged the homeless population and those within it. Bad luck and unfortunate circumstance can be incredibly cruel, and it is impossible to know the burdens that others carry. I owe it to the homeless community for teaching me not to be so critical of those around me, homeless or not. It has been a blessing in all facets of my life,” he shares.

Chris Leamy © Will Wu

Chris Leamy © Will Wu

This brings us to “Great Mistakes,” a soul-tinged anthem about changing perspectives and deepening our relationships with one another, as well as the surrounding world.

 

If we could get along, if only we could get along
If only ever money talked, if only ever money talked
If only we could do no wrong, if only we could do no wrong
If only ever money talked, if only ever money talked
It would say
Go back to that day where we lost track
Find a way we can take back all our great mistakes

“I think as you get older you realize how a lot of the missteps from your past lead to learning some of the most important life lessons,” Leamy says. “You become a better person because of those hardships. I really liked the irony and juxtaposition of the phrase “Great Mistakes.” Sometimes a Mistake can be a Great blessing in disguise.”

Leamy is now taking #heplaysforme on the road: From January to May, he will tour the United States, fundraising for “local organizations and projects to change lives in small, yet mighty ways.” Connect with Leamy via his socials below, and take a minute to reflect on our own blessings and “Great Mistakes.” How can you be a better you?

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com