Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Even Rock Stars get the Blues

BEFORE I GET INTO The BLOG, I WOULD LIKE TO REMIND OUR READERS THAT The RECOVERY BLOG IS MOVING TO A NEW LOCATION: OUR BLOG WILL CONTINUE FROM OUR NEW HOME: This article talks about Bruce Springsteen’s depression. In the article he says: “…his ambitions have been driven by three separate but connected emotions: pure fear and self-loathing and self-hatred.” These are three enemy’s no one should have bothering them. Although Springsteen conquered his demons by them forcing him to go on stage and perform. “Rather than having a polarizing effect on his creativity, Springsteen’s emotional headaches forced him to the stage…” If only for all of us our demons forced us to do some good for everyone. That would be great.
Springsteen goes on to say: “With all artists, because of the undertow of history and self-loathing, there is a tremendous push toward self-obliteration that occurs onstage. It’s both things: There’s a tremendous finding of the self while also an abandonment of the self at the same time. You are free of yourself for those hours; all the voices in your head are gone. Just gone.” You’re free to perform and do it good. That is what Springsteen brings to the table when he performs. It is something I think all would like to enjoy whether or not they have a mental illness to just be free and out of yourself for a few hours.
The article goes on to say: “Things got so bad, says Springsteen’s biographer and friend Dave Marsh, that the artist in 1982 even contemplated suicide. ‘The depression wasn’t shocking, per se. He was on a rocket ride, from nothing to something,’ Marsh said, of the period surrounding Springsteen’s career-defining stark, acoustic effort ‘Nebraska.’” It always surprises me when people turn something wrong into something great. Even in the worst of times to turn it around and make something to be proud of. You have to see the blue skies even when it is gray and cloudy.
The article goes on to say: “The Boss’s emotional turmoil wasn’t a complete surprise, the New Yorker writes. After all, Springsteen openly discussed the inspiration behind the song ‘My Father’s House’ (from ‘Nebraska’) onstage, revealing to his fans that the song developed through conversations with his psychotherapist.” What a way to get inspiration. He goes on to say: “Said Springsteen, ‘If you are extremely pleased with yourself, nobody would be … doing it! Brando would not have acted. Dylan wouldn’t have written ‘Like a Rolling Stone.’ James Brown wouldn’t have gone ‘Unh!’ He wouldn’t have searched that one-beat down that was so hard. That’s motivation, that element of ‘I need to remake myself, my town, my audience—the desire for renewal.” They all went on to greatness. To keep searching in yourself until you find something great that most everyone loves or even that you love.
The article ends with a good comment I believe: “…Illustrate that self-doubt and self-criticism are pervasive among artists, and that each finds his or her own rationale and comfort level in discussing them with the public. The fact that Springsteen has hardly touched on these feelings in public all these years also shows that it’s a sensitive subject, and no one wants their work misinterpreted.” With all the bad news lately, these are stories of inspirations at a time when they are needed. That not all people with mental illness do bad, some do good. JUST A REMINDER THAT THE RECOVERY BLOG IS MOVING TO A NEW ADDRESS: OUR NEW HOME IS:

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