SACKVILLE, NB — Each year since 2001 Conduct Becoming: Voices Against Cancer has released an album that features music written and performed by Mount Allison University students, professors, alumni, and community members. The idea for the album came shortly after the death from cancer of a student who touched the lives of many at Mount Allison, Jason Abraham. His friends Drew Dudley, Marc Carnes, Jonathan Clark, and Ian Allen, thought it would be a fitting tribute to Abraham to produce an album of original music and raise money for cancer research.
Many of the artists on the album have gone on to be professional musicians, including In-Flight Safety, David Myles, Meaghan Blanchard, Pat LePoidevin, Corey Isenor, and Kellen Barrett.
Mount Allison graduate Odum Abekah is not only a musician on the new album but as executive producer is producing and promoting it. “We've been tracking and recording the album. I am also trying to raise awareness on social media and by videos as well. It seems to be a medium that people enjoy.” This year there are 14 artists and Abekah has made videos to introduce each artist.
Abekah listened to music from one of the albums before even coming to Mount Allison. “I remember hearing Jessica Frenette playing and I was amazed by her. Then in Frosh Week my first-year, I read this ‘50 things you should do at Mount Allison’, and one of them was ‘Collect all the Conduct Becoming CDs’,” said Abekah. “I was so excited to find out that the Conduct Becoming was at this university.” He has been involved in Conduct Becoming since that first-year.
Although most artists on the album are Mount Allison students, many of them are not students in the music department. “It is pretty balanced this year between students from music and the rest of the university but often we get more students from other departments, like commerce or history. It is good because it gives students from these departments a chance to perform and do great things.” Even professors have been involved, with Frank Strain and Stephen Law from economics and Owen Griffiths from history performing on one album.
This year’s album is called Emotions. “Most of the songs on the album are about the different sides of love, loving someone at first sight, or being in love with someone, or even the negative side of love. Other songs, even though they don’t talk about love, evoke strong emotions.”
The Conduct Becoming album release will be held Saturday, April 12 at the Pond (in the Wallace McCain Student Centre, Mount Allison University campus) starting at 6 p.m. The videos of the artists can be seen at http://www.conductbecoming.ca/videos/ and past albums can be downloaded here. http://www.conductbecoming.ca/music/. Find out the latest news on the album and the careers of past artists on their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/conductbecoming