I Am Alive

by Mezz Coleman

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This song has been written to be performed as part of a play titled "I'd Turn Back." The play tells the true stories of people seeking asylum in Australia.

Mezz said about the song

"When I read through Liv Smith's script a line on the first page jumped out at me. "I am alive, with a heartbeat and a brain. " I couldn't shake it out of my head for days. Such a simple little line, but so much meaning in it. The humanity of it. I am alive. I am a person. My heart beats, my brain thinks, just like yours.

For far too long now the stories of asylum seekers and refugees have been politicised in this country, and even those of us with the best of intentions tend to strip the humanity out of our language when we speak of our issues and concerns. Asylum Seekers are people. It's as simple and as confronting as that. People with hearts, brains, skills, families, hopes and dreams.

It's impossible to wrap up all of the stories, trauma, fear and politics of this play into a three minute pop song so I haven't even tried to do that. This is simply a song about humanity. About being alive. With a heartbeat and a brain."

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released June 22, 2016
Mezz Coleman- vocals, ukulele and piano
Byron Siren-recording and mixing

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Mezz Coleman Melbourne, Australia

With a gorgeous voice imbued with honesty, Melbourne songbird Mezz Coleman writes and sings of love, loss and community. With her ukulele in hand, she has spent the last decade performing in venues and festivals both large and small in Melbourne and regional Victoria, establishing herself as both a prolific songwriter and engaging performer. ... more

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