British Duo Turin Brakes to Donate iTunes Proceeds to Homeless Shelters

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When was the last time you looked into a homeless person's eyes? I mean really looked into them? That is what this piece is about. A chance to really look into their eyes, albeit in this film. A chance to see they are people just like you and me — people who have just ended up in a really bad place…

British duo Turin Brakes have released an amazing version of "Chim Chim Cher-ee" and are donating all proceeds from sales to to both Shelter UK and homeless shelters in Amarillo, Texas that helped to create the amazing video made by Phillip Bloom.

"Chim Chim Che-ree" is a familiar, formerly jaunty song performed by the man with the best English accent ever laid to celluloid, Dick Van Dyke from Mary Poppins — not an obvouis choice of a song to cover, but it works so well. Played in context with the video it gives the song a whole new meaning.

And this video is amazing, it totally captures the feeling of being homeless. Can you imagine having nowhere to live, nowhere to shelter? Everything you own is in bags by your side.

Olly Knights from Turin Brakes explained: “We chose to record this track because we loved its eerie, haunting magic and the idea of all these alternative lives playing out in the shadows and rooftops of London. When we asked our friend Phil Bloom to create a video for it he came back with some incredibly moving portraits of people living in the streets and shelters of Amarillo, Texas, galvanising the meaning of the song and reminding us all that there are always lives being played out in the shadows of our towns and cities, which we often ignore and at this time of year when it’s cold and family time is most heralded the right thing to do was for us to try to help these people in the film and to contribute to people in similar situations in the UK.”

Video director Philip Bloom said, “I wanted to capture some haunting images and this came to mind…It may technically be a music video, but this is real. These people are real. The situation they are in is real. I wanted to do something important with this piece in my own small way.”

For the price of half a cup of coffee you will get some funds to some people in need especially at this time of year. You can purchase it at iTunes and do a little good.

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A former musician, Neil was in the 80's group The Cheaters who were once signed to EMI's Parlophone label, and released three albums. He was also a radio presenter and is still a regular music pundit on various BBC stations. Neil is the founder of the award winning web site This Day in Music which is…

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