COLD OUT HERE by Felecia Harte, Hartecast Music™
“Cold Out Here”only scratches the surface of homelessness as all the disabling effects of the homeless problems could not be addressed in a mere 5 minute music video. The purpose of “Cold Out Here” is to bring homelessness back to our consciousness as it seems to have become so prevalent that a lot of us have become immuned to this debilitating condition.
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines homelessness as: people who are living in a place not meant for human habitation, in emergency shelter, in transitional housing, or are exiting in an institution where they temporarily reside.
According to the UK homelessness charity Crisis, a home is not just a physical space it also provides: roots, identity, security, a sense of belonging and a place of emotional wellbeing.
When there is no foundation upon which to feel rooted, there is uncertainty which may lead to depression and hopelessness as well as the plethora of associated problems: major mental illnesses, especially chronic schizophrenia, malnutrition, parasitic infestations, dental and periodontal disease, degenerative joint diseases, venereal diseases and many others.
The song, “Cold Out Here” was inspired by the trials and tribulations of life we all face. There are times, and for some many times, we get knocked down while working to progress in life. Many of us are fortunate enough to have family, friends or circumstances that allow us to overcome life’s hard knocks but there are others who are not so fortunate.
As we go about the business of living our daily lives with all of the frustrations we sometimes encounter when pursuing something we really want: a promotion, to buy a house, to have children, get that college education, to have our own apartment or whatever it might be, the homeless face even greater challenges. Their existence is about more than the average pursuits; it’s about something much more basic…survival.
Yes, we all face challenges everyday but the homeless face far greater challenges than those who have a roof over their heads and food in their bellies living in a place they can call home with a real address.
Let’s be more understanding of the people who may need our help whether that be a friend who needs someone to listen, a family member who needs a helping hand or the homeless we see struggling to stay alive. Give what you have to give: a smile, your time or donation but just give…
“Cold Out Here” video is up on HartecastMusic.com https://hartecastmusic.com/videocast/
and the MP3 download is available on https://hartecastmusic.com/songcast/ under the RnB genre.
Wriiten by Felecia Harte for Hartecast Music™, 2019