A List of Top Ten Musicians Who Were Heroin Users.

I include this link not in celebration of their use but of their creative work, and with a sadness at what could have been had they recovered and lived.

The greatest fight of your life might be your fight to get sober.

For any woman who has ever loved the wrong man.

Kill All Redneck Pricks


I saw this incredible, powerful documentary film a few hours ago. I was not that familiar with the band, but am a big fan of Big Business and was interested in it. I did not know the story of guitarist Chris Smith and his battle with addiction, anxiety, suicide attempts and terror.

His quotes in this film were incredible to me. I was honored to share a few words with him after the screening.

If this film comes to your town, go see it. If it is isn’t, bring it for a screening. Seriously, I am moved – and in the midst of some pretty painful realizations and feelings about exactly how dark and painful addiction can be, and how awful it can make creating and dreaming and loving and living.

For all of you who struggle to quiet the fire in your mind – keep fighting. To Chris, at a professed 5 years sober – much respect and kinship.

Breathe. And pray magic/play music.

Love of mine.

I miss you tonight.

Fear is the heart of love.

I was there, in the ether. You sink inside and I am left with only depleted oxygen.

I do hear it, the arias, and I understand.

I wish you weren’t scared.

If I had the strength of ten thousand men…

Steve Drodz.

I was talking about this blog over brunch the other day, and my friend began telling me about Steve Drodz, the musical genius behind the Flaming Lips. I had always loved The Soft Bulletin, actually thinking it has some of the best production in alternative/rock music of recent, but I didn’t know about Steve’s battles.

So I have been thinking of him. And I would like to watch this documentary on Flaming Lips, in order to learn more.

I really liked this photo.

I also really enjoyed this interview with the man. I like hearing from people who struggle with addiction on subjects OTHER than their addiction. I like hearing what it is like in their brain, and what their creations are attempting to embody. Part of the point of this blog was to share and show some of that. At brunch, we talked about how some of the push to create, while potentially drug fueled in those who battle addiction, is not BASED on the use. The confidence may be, but that vision and voice is INSIDE the person already. It is vital to keep this in mind as we consider how to be creative once sober.

Other bloggers seem to like this guy too. This video also offers a bit more.

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