Laura Boyd Television Presenter and Singer speaks to MHF Live about music and mental health.
Tell us about the event you are doing for MHF Live
I am getting my girls together and taking on the lads in Never Been Kissed Live! Boyband v Girlband night at The Rum Shack in Glasgow. It’s all just friendly banter... till we take to the stage and I unleash my inner Scary Spice! Not competitive at all!
Tell us why you support MHF Live
The Mental Health Foundation is a brilliant charity that is very much needed at this point in time. My dad lived with mental ill health for a long time, which saw us nearly lose him. Thankfully we were able to get him the help he needed but others are not so lucky. So much more needs to be done and I will do all I can to help raise awareness of that. Music is also a passion that my dad and I share and I know he loves the idea of using the power of gigs to help. It has certainly been part of aiding his recovery.
What’s your earliest musical memory?
Waking up on a Saturday morning with my dad blaring out the likes of The Police, Fleetwood Mac and the Beatles. Then he took me to my first ever gig to see Deacon Blue, and I had never experienced anything like the atmosphere there. I knew then music was going to be a major part of my life.
What does music do for your mental health?
If I am feeling low or stressed, I put on my favourite playlist. A mixture of cool, obscure and utterly crap but feel-good tunes, and I can get lost in it for a while and remember the good times. When times have been tough with my own health, there is nothing I find more therapeutic than putting on my headphones and heading out for a walk. It helps me take ‘me’ time.
Who is the musician who has most inspired you?
Stevie Nicks. I love her music and her unashamed, wild and free outlook on life.
What makes you happy?
Being at a festival, early evening, listening to live music and feeling everyone dance around me. There’s nothing quite like that feeling of singing along with a crowd to a band you really love. I have had many an emosh moment doing this.
What’s the best sound in the world?
Dad laughing – cheesy, but you treasure these things when you get a second chance.
And the worst?
The 7am alarm.
What song is in your head just now?
I have just interviewed Midge Ure and I’ve been listening to his back catalogue again. I forgot how beautiful a piece Vienna is, so that has been in there for two days now!
Please tell us about (and share) a piece of music that has had an impact on your mental health.
‘Every Little Thing She Does is Magic’ by The Police. My dad got it dedicated to me on Radio Clyde when I was born and I still have the recording. Whenever I listen, it reminds me of him and that fills my heart. It makes me think how happy my childhood was and that’s thanks to my parents. It’s also just a bloody good song and it simply makes me smile. Anything that makes you happy has to help.
Never Been Kissed LIVE takes place at The Rum Shack, Glasgow, on Saturday 30th March. Tickets are £6 and all proceeds go to the Mental Health Foundation. More information and tickets.
MHF Live is the Mental Health Foundation's new music fundraising initiative that aims to raise awareness, raise money and raise the roof for mental health.