Show of the Week: Cry Yourself to Sleep
Written by Brooke Forrest on November 26, 2016
Every week of programing we will be highlighting the Black Squirrel Radio Show of the Week!
This week’s show is Cry Yourself to Sleep
Cry Yourself to Sleep airs every Tuesday from Midnight to 2AM. Host Alice Leach is new to BSR with her show in it’s first semester. On Alice’s show she plays sad songs (mostly folk and indie) and talks about mental health. Alice describes her program as discussing different mental-health related stigmas, different facets of mental illness and health/wellness and how to get help and support if you need it.
How did you come up with your show concept:
Alice: I came up with the show concept while talking with a friend. I was brainstorming ideas and noticed that the majority of music that I tend to really love usually happens to be sad music, so I thought “Why not make my show about it?”. And when I realized just how much of a downer sad music can be sometimes I decided that it might be best to talk about something meaningful as well, such as mental health. If someone actually has something to cry themselves to sleep about, why not talk about it and be supportive?
Who are some of your favorite bands/artists:
Alice: Some of my favorite artists include Sufjan Stevens, The Weepies, The Civil Wars, Coldplay, The Antlers, Frankie Cosmos, Rhodes, Barnaby Bright
What are the the best songs to cry yourself to sleep to:
Alice: Best songs to cry yourself to sleep to? Probably the entirety of Sufjan Steven’s album Carrie and Lowell, Diary by Bread, My Father’s Waltz by HEM, Oh Deciever by Right Away Great Captain and Gravity by Coldplay. That one ALWAYS gets me.
What would you recommend as the best pop-culture therapy:
Alice: The best pop culture therapy would probably be looking at pictures of kittens. I’m sorry but if fuzzy little kittens don’t make you at least crack a smile then theres probably something up.
What do you wish people would understand more about mental health:
Alice: I wish that people would understand just how ok it is to not to be ok. Theres a whole stigma around mental illness and people feel like they can’t be unwell. Mental illness happens, just like every other illness. You don’t ignore a cold, do you? I wish more people would understand that when you’re mentally unwell sometimes you need support and that ok. Its okay to talk about it and to seek out that help. Mental wellness should be an open conversation- being well is important!
If you could cry on the shoulder of any famous figure who would it be and why:
Alice: I would probably cry on the shoulder of Michelle Obama to be honest. I love that woman. She’s strong, she was a fantastic first lady and I feel like she would be so cool to sit down and talk with. (Also I feel like she’d be awesome at comforting anyone who’s crying).