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An album for Epilepsy Society - "Moments" by Georgie Alice



30 November 2017

Moments by Georgie Alice album cover features her name, album title, Epilepsy Society logo and Georgie smiling with a backdrop of trees

Pianist, composer, singer and songwriter Georgie Alice has had seizures since she was a baby. After life changing surgery, she decided to record an album in support of Epilepsy Society called "Moments". Read Georgie's journey with epilepsy, and more about how she wrote "Moments".

Fifty per cent of proceeds from "Moments" will be donated to Epilepsy Society; you can listen to and buy Georgie's beautiful album here

Due to my Hippocampal Sclerosis epilepsy in the left temporal lobe, both myself and my
family have been through a whirlwind of experiences. Even so, when thinking about our ups
and downs, the majority of the outcome is positivity between us; support, love and always
being there for one another.

Georgie is with her father, mother and brother smiling in a residential area

Since being a baby, I have had both petit mal and grand mal seizures. Both starting with
strong auras such as medicine smells, metal tastes and feeling distant to others around me. If
a grand mal occurred, this would lead into me being unconscious with my whole body
shaking. I have to say, I am very grateful to always receive a warning!

After many tests throughout life, at the age of 22 in June 2014, I went ahead with surgery to
remove the damaged area of my brain. The seizures have unfortunately still continued, but in
a very different way. On a positive note, my petit mal have decreased dramatically, which has
changed my life for the better. I can now be more independent and not rely on others as much
as before. My grand mal seizures still occur as frequently, sometimes leaving me with
memory loss. The majority of my memory loss, which is normally 2-3 months, still hasn’t
come back.

Even though this is my current situation, I couldn’t ask for a happier life. I can remember my
parents and elder brother introducing me to the arts. I would listen to my dad playing the
guitar, watch mum with her embroidery or interior designs and listen to the beautiful jazz my
brother would play on his saxophone. With so much talent around me, I decided to take up
the piano.

Georgie Alice sits at her black piano looking over her shoulder and smiling

At the age of 4, I tagged along to my brothers piano lessons… as a nosey sister does of
course! He was struggling continuously with a piece of music, the poor boy just didn’t blend
with the piano quite so well. Once his lesson was complete, his teacher, Mrs Hunt, could see
me looking at the piano desperately wanting to give it a go. Thankfully she called me up and
asked me to play a few notes here and there. Of course she was thinking I would just slam
any old key, but unbeknown to anyone, even myself, I just played my brothers piece. Then,
everyone knew what my career would be… Music.

As I grew up I was competing against the Royal School of Music students and playing in
many concerts, but as time went on my nerves really started to kick in when performing. I
can’t explain why or what caused these nerves, but performing as a solo pianist became
something I extremely disliked. In some cases, these nerves caused seizures. I started to
resent the piano deeply and refused to play in any style of concert. For a while I didn’t go
near the piano, it seemed like a task more than an enjoyment, but eventually I started playing
again and this lead to brilliant things.

At the age of 14, my father started a job in Sri Lanka. I cannot express how exciting this
move was for both myself and my family, I felt like this was the next step on an adventure for
us all. In a strange way, I had a chance of moving on from who I was in England by creating
a confident girl who could approach anything laid in front of her. While being there, I most
certainly did succeed being this person, as my life changed completely. I looked at times
ahead in such a positive manner, pushed boundaries, socialised, believed I could achieve
anything and most importantly, enjoyed what life threw at me. Even though it took time, I
became a confident young lady who could succeed one’s goal.

After successfully leaving Falmouth university with a 2:1 BA Music, things started going
down hill health wise as my seizures became more frequent on a daily basis. This is when my
surgery went ahead and life changed completely. I have adjusted to the way things are with
my seizures now and realise that they have made me who I am today.

I returned to Sri Lanka where I started working in a recording studio to improve my
knowledge and craft. Two of my songs made it to number 1 in the charts and went on to win
at the local music awards.

Georgie Alice sits on a window ledge by her black piano smiling holding a note pad and pen

Today, I run my own company working as a composer/singer/songwriter and at this current
time I have released an album called ‘Moments’. Each week I gave myself a challenge to sit
down and express my minds thoughts in that exact moment. The rules were simple, pressing
record and allowing my hands to go wherever they wished on the piano, but there was catch,
I only had one chance. I discovered as the weeks went on that I would find myself at the
piano in an emotional way or while thinking about something which means a lot to me…
Always creative when having my ‘Moments’.

The purpose of this challenge is to raise money for the Epilepsy Society, 50% will be going
towards the charity. With this money they can focus on helping those with epilepsy, from
giving support to families in need to DNA Research, which is transforming the care and
treatment of patients today.

If you would like to help donate towards them, then please head to the link below as every
penny counts.

Many Thanks,