Living, Coping, Breathing... is a Randy Rhythm Project about a human experience that will Rock your mind.

We all are, Living, Coping, Breathing...

Let's all take a moment... take a moment... and Breathe...
Every day, some find it difficult to live what is seen as 'a normal life', coping in existence can be a challenge, even for those strong in mind.
Mental Health is a life-long journey and most of us can only imagine, 'what it would be like' to be on the other side of that sense of living.   

We all are; living, coping, breathing... in our own ways.   One day to the next most often... 
this phrase is also the title of a Rock Album dedicated to one man's story of living, coping, and breathing... with life...

"Don't call it Mental Illness... we all are... Living, Coping, Breathing..." -Bentley Borys

Living, Coping, Breathing... is a Rock album that travels into a realm that few can understand.  
- An emotional torrent is released in the lyrical stories that build as the album progresses into a raw musical experience 
as it takes the listener into stepping out in the shoes of empathy - Living, Coping, Breathing... Open your mind... and Rock it.

Two significant weeks during the calendar year in Canada bring Mental awareness to the attention of the general public.  
One is the spring Mental Health Awareness Week in May. 
The other week notably drawn to the public attention... I will now reflect upon... 

It seems like yesterday that a spark lit my flame. 
My best friend, Ben, passed away Oct. 2, 2011 
(Mental Illness Awareness Week 2011) 

Ben's story is the motivation behind the Randy Rhythm Project.
Living, Coping, Breathing... is Mental Health Awareness that will Rock your mind. 
It takes us into the daily life of a person who lives in a realm we don’t quite understand. 
Ben lived in that realm…
Living, Coping, Breathing... with much instability
Ben suffered in ways almost indiscernible but progressively fatal.
His story is similar to many people's stories of treading through life with their own trial and tribulations to deal with.
In Ben's stories the voices of many others can also be heard, for there are many others also like Ben, that most others do not understand.
These are the people who suffer the sometimes devastating circumstances of the effects of mental and/or emotional instability in their lives...  
Often misunderstood or not noticed by those who focus daily on their own lives... and most often removed from being understood,
these separate worlds of chaos navigate about sometimes barely surviving.

Living, Coping, Breathing… amplifies one of those voices.  Screaming out from a world of chaos. 
The album Living, Coping, Breathing... (released during Mental Health Awareness Week 2013) is a reflection of a life that needed empathy...
Contained in the songs... a reflection of Ben’s moods... Ben's unspoken voice. 

Hopefully sharing these stories can somehow help others understand how subtle and fragile the aspect of Mental Health is in anyone’s life.

It is through better awareness and greater understanding that we can all find ways to harmonize our lives 
with the delicate balance of existence that engulfs the lives of seemingly normal people like Ben... 

People who live… who cope… and who continue to breathe…
Sometimes with great difficulty, as breakdowns can and do happen... Even to our best friends… 
then one day... their world shatters... and it affects all of ours...

So, I ask, as you immerse yourself in the words, the stories & the songs... join in the collective thoughts, taking a moment out of your life... 
to think... to feel... to care
Allow yourself to reflect upon the people in your life who you know who may suffer from Mental and/or Emotional Instability... 
and how they mesh with your own life...
May your thoughts carry you to acting upon how we all can improve the relationships that exist... and find time to share some care... 

The album 'Living, Coping, Breathing...
is dedicated to the everlasting imprint that Ben had on all of us…
11 songs and one cover tune later we found,… 
or let’s say, Ben delivered the voice he wants to be spoken on the subject of Mental Health/Mental Illness.  
Somehow the energy emanated from Ben's life… his aura… is reflected in song… put to heavy rock music.  
Living, Coping, Breathing... paints a picture of the thoughts in the mind of one who suffered from Mental Health issues.

Our hope is that the album will take you on a journey… 
as if you visited Ben with us and spent time with him for a few days.

May we see what his eyes see…
Randy Rhythm &

the 'Real' Michael Anthony

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is a reflection of the reasons why a music project about the life of my friend Ben needed to be shared.  How his story can open eyes by providing even greater Mental Health Awareness.
How his story can open minds to sincere empathy and perhaps empower change.
By listening to songs of some of one man's life stories and the issues faced by that same person, one man who suffered with mental and emotional instability in his life.


“When you are mad, mad like this, you don't know it. Reality is what you see. When what you see shifts, departing from anyone else's reality, it's still reality to you.” 

- Marya Hornbacher

Before I had heard the music behind “Living, Coping, Breathing”, I was granted the opportunity to read over the lyrics of each piece that made up the album, completely unfettered by preconceived notions and personal bias. I was touched by what I read, especially in the songs “Way To Go” and “Wake Up My Friend”, and “I Can’t Let You Go”. 

The words speak with an honesty that befits a heart mourning the loss of a dear friend to a quiet tragedy - mental illness. 
The words themselves are enough to well up with sympathetic tears for the pain that is left for those who loved Ben (the subject of this tribute album) but then I hit play and everything changed.

The words speak the grief, sadness, loneliness, confusion, paranoia and all the other emotions that one may feel when faced with mental illness, but it speaks it to people who are not familiar with loving someone sick with this disease. When the guitar begins, I realized that Randy would be giving me the rare opportunity to know what it feels like to see the world through Ben’s eyes. I could sympathize with the words, but Randy and his guitar would seek to teach me empathy, even for a brief moment. The driving rhythms and 
the heavy distortions wrap the listener in a place that takes you from anxiety and panic, to spinning in confusion and to an eerie calm that foreshadows something dark to come. I found myself understanding why Ben would cry out to be wrapped in a bubble that would keep him safe, and one can’t help but to look at oneself and wonder how unfriendly to an afflicted mind our system really is.

I applaud the effort evident in each note and each word written from the heart of a caring and understanding soul setting out to tell Ben’s story. Living, Coping, Breathing is a rare glimpse into a tragic existence, one where the base human need to communicate and feel understood is so far out of reach.

Kim Atamanchuk - Rock Music Aficionado


About the music...


Please allow me to continue to introduce you to my childhood and lifelong friend... Ben...
As mentioned (on home page)... 
His story is the motivation behind the Randy Rhythm Project.

It seems like yesterday that his spark lit my flame. 
Ben was my best friend. He passed away Oct. 2, 2011

Living, Coping, Breathing... is a journey into the daily life of a person who lives in a realm we don’t quite understand.

Ben lived in that realm…
Ben suffered in ways almost indiscernible, but progressively fatal.

His story is similar to many people's stories of treading through life with their own trials and tribulations.

The songs captured on the album Living, Coping, Breathing... resonate from the impact of Ben's responses to life as they merged with my life and with the lives of the friends we had in common...
In Ben's stories the voices of many can be heard, for there are many like Ben, many who suffer the sometimes devastating circumstances of the effects of mental and/or emotional instability in their lives...

Living, Coping, Breathing… is Ben’s voice
To help the world understand how subtle and fragile the aspect of Mental Health is in anyone’s life. 

It is through better awareness and greater understanding that we can all find ways to harmonize our lives with the delicate balance of existence that engulfs the lives of seemingly normal people like Ben... People who live… who cope… and who continue to breathe…
Sometimes with great difficulty as breakdowns can and do happen... Even to our best friends… then one day... their world shatters... and it affects all of ours...

When Ben passed away. 
Ben’s brother became irate. He claimed the system let Ben slide through the cracks.
He and the next door neighbor reached out to the press to try to incite a story. I sat back and wondered what I could or should be doing.

Then something happened.
It may be hard to believe this... but I tell you… Ben spoke…
His shouting out to me became the first song I wrote

Michael Anthony who is my song writing partner, my good friend, and most important to the song writing, Michael was also a good friend of Ben’s... while Michael and I grieved we began sharing memories… obscure and sporadic… leaving nothing out as too absurd… 
Over the time since Ben’s passing, the writing that came to be was not of our own… it became almost like a third entity. The writing grew… into rehearsing... into recording... then mixing... 12 songs to be on the Living, Coping, Breathing… album.
The album is dedicated to the everlasting imprint that Ben had on all of us…
11 songs and one cover tune later we found,… 
or let’s say, Ben delivered the voice he wants to be spoken on the subject of Mental Health/Mental Illness. 
Somehow the energy emanated from Ben's life… his aura… is reflected in song… put to heavy rock music.
Living, Coping, Breathing... paints a picture of the thoughts in the mind of one who suffered from Mental Health issues.
Our hope is that the album will take you on a journey… as if you visited Ben with me and spent time with him for a few days.

For meaning greater than my life… I am to bring Ben’s voice to the world. 
I share all this with you so you can somehow get to know what Ben was really like…
Above all I mentioned is the fact that I knew Ben.
Ben was a dreamer… a scholar in his own mind…
I listened and got to know his dreams… 
Some of them can make the world a better place.
I do hope we can realize some of his dreams.
“Don’t call it Mental Illness… all of us are…
Living, Coping, Breathing…” Ben Borys

May we see what his eyes see…

Randy Rhythm

Living, Coping, Breathing...

Randy Rhythm

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