Mental health disorders have a way of isolating those who suffer. Logically, they know that they have a solid support system of family, friends and partners/spouses. But mental illness and depression specifically says otherwise. It makes that person feel alone, that everyone around them is lying. The only thing that is honest is their depression.
Recently, the rock band Disturbed released their latest song and accompanying video, “A Time To Fight“.
The thing that strikes me about this song and the video is that it negates the idea that those who suffer from depression and other mental illnesses suffer are alone. There are millions of us who wake up everyday with this weight on our emotional shoulders.
Knowing that we are not alone, that there are many out there who suffer from this disease is important not just for those who live with mental illness, but for those who love them. That knowledge, from my perspective, is the most important aspect of not just treatment, but living a full life.
Behind every successful musician is a human being who did everything they could to see their dreams become reality. Along the way, there are predictably a few bumps and bruises.
Behind the Music premiered in 1997 on VH1. For the last 22 years, it has been one of the staples of the network’s schedule.
Each episode focuses on the lives and careers of a specific band or artist. Each artist or band is followed as they grow up, struggle to make it as a performer, become successful and try to maintain that career while dealing with the everyday stuff that we all deal with.
I really like Behind the Music. In terms of the biography format,it doesn’t feel forced or glossed over. Each artist has the opportunity to tell their own story in a way that it unique and personal to them.
I recommend it.
The best sensor we have is our body. When it tells us to slow down, we should listen to it. If we ignore it, we do so at our peril.
When it comes to mental illness, ignoring the signals that we need help is more than detrimental. It could be life threatening. Last week, Britney Spears checked into a mental health facility following her father’s health scare.
I admire her for getting help and not being afraid to publicly admitting that she needs to take time to take care of herself. The hardest thing that one can do when suffering from mental illness is to ask for help. It’s easy to pretend that your OK and try to go about your business. It’s harder to take a step back and say that you need to talk to someone.
I hope that her actions inspire others who suffer from mental illness to seek treatment. The more we speak of mental illness, the less it becomes a stigma and that will finally lead to an open conversation about this debilitating and deadly disease.
They say that education is the great equalizer. Regardless of background, family income or location, education sets up a child for future success. The problem is that this idea sounds nice, but it’s not reality. The reality in the United States that education, like many aspects of this country, is unequal.
Betsy DeVos is not helping the situation.
Randy Rainbow released his new video today, entitled “CRUELLA DEVOS – Randy Rainbow Song Parody“.
Based on the song “Cruella De Vil” from the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians (1961), this video easily falls within the top five of Randy Rainbow videos. Like her boss, Mrs. DeVos, is ill-equipped, inexperienced and just the wrong person for the role she was given. But then again, that is nothing new for this current Presidential administration.
Just call it another day in America in 2019.
Depending on where you standing politically, the release of the Mueller Report is either a victory or a disappointment.
Earlier today, Randy Rainbow released his latest video entitled “THE MUELLER BLUES – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”.
Though I cannot identify the song that the parody is based on, I still love this video. I love that he addresses, as only he can, the feelings and reactions of both camps. From my perspective, it is just additional evidence that while you know who is not completely responsible for the political and social divisions in this country, he is a symptom of them.
Americans are better when we stand shoulder to shoulder with our fellow citizens. The problem is that instead of instead of finding common ground and a way to respect our differences, we are fighting with each other. If we cannot figure out how to get along, I fear that the America that we all know and love will become something different entirely.
Nostalgia is a power thing.
A few years ago, VH1 banked on this nostalgia when the networked aired the “I Love…” Series. Airing from 2002-2014, the program examined the pop culture, historical and political events of the period and interviewed celebrities who would humorously comment on the events from the time.
“I Love…” is in my humble opinion, one of the best series that VH1 ever produced. It was fun, it was engaging and unlike other programs that were on the VH1 schedule, I didn’t feel like my brain was dying from watching frivolous reality shows. It was also pure nostalgia, which is always fun.
I recommend it.
The best leaders know when to talk, know when to listen and understand that they are not always right.
You know who does not come close to grasping that concept. He often chooses to disregard the advice given to him by officials in his own administration. In spite of receiving warnings about North Korea, he went back again for another round of talks last week. His failed summit in Hanoi with Kim Jong-un are absolute proof that his negotiation skills is all talk and nothing more.
Earlier today, Randy Rainbow released his new video entitled “HE’S IN LOVE (and we’re all gonna die) – Randy Rainbow Song Parody”. The video is based on the song “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific.
Either he is too stupid, too naive or too full of himself to realize that he is not only putting America in jeopardy, he is jeopardizing the free world when he openly consorts with dictators and strong men. What’s worse than his own willful blindness is that we have politicians in this country who follow you know who to save their own skins instead of working for the voters who hired then.
Next November better come soon. I don’t know how much more of this man I can take.
Music and art in general has a way to freezing a moment in time.
16 years ago yesterday, Evanescence released what would be a career defining album for the band: Fallen.
Back then, I was a senior in my last semester of college. Graduation and the real world was on the horizon. Being in your early 20’s and knowing that you have an uncertain future is harder when you live with mental illness.
I didn’t know that I was living with depression back then. I didn’t know that I had options to deal with the emotional black hole and anxiety that is depression.
Then Fallen was released. Not only had I found a band whose music absolutely rocked my world, but an outlet to release the darkness that was inside of me.
To this day, Fallen is one of my favorite albums and my go to music when I feel the tentacles of depression spreading.
Thank you, Evanescence, for this amazing album. I don’t know where my life would be without it.
When bands breakup, the question of where the individual artists go musically hangs over the head of both the fans and the performers.
Last night, William Ryan Key (former front man of the pop-punk band Yellowcard) performed last night at Baby’s All Right in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Performing songs from his 2018 solo albums, Thirteen and Virtue (in addition to some old Yellowcard classics), stripped back music to what it should be: a band, a mic, instruments and an audience who has as deep affinity for the artists on stage.
Though the performance space is limited in the number fans it can hold, it was the perfect venue for an intimate performance. Instead of the larger concert venues that Key played while in Yellowcard, Baby’s All Right allows Key to have an intimate, one on one conversation with the small group of fans who know him and love him as an artist.
It was one of the best Friday nights I have had in a long time. I recommend the concert and the albums.
Today is the first day of Women’s History Month.
It’s taken multiple generations and the hard work of countless women (and their male allies), but we have accomplished what our fore-mothers could only have dreamed of.
Granted, it goes without saying that the fight for equality is not over. Issues such as equal pay, sexual assault, and the right to make decisions over our own bodies are as much as in the forefront as they were decades ago.
My generation of feminists took the ball that our mothers and grandmothers started rolling and have run with it. We stand on their shoulders so that future generations will be able to finish this fight for good.
Happy first day of Women’s History Month!