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Creative people battle addiction

Recent events should make it fairly clear that the war on drugs is a dismal failure.  Debate rages (as it should) about what might work and today it seems fitting to look at how creative people help in profound and very personal ways.

Now, you might assume that creative people tend to be more susceptible to addiction than the rest of us — think Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Philip Seymour Hoffman … the list goes on.  But creative people may also offer the best solution to the problem by expressing their personal experiences through their art in a way that touches us deeply and gives those of us who might fall into addiction something to hold on to.

One of my favorite young artists, Tristen, who’s appearing at Brighton Music Hall tonight with Jeremy Messersmith, has a wonderful song with a catchy tune and simple, profound lyrics that express, through pop music bliss, her resolve not to feed her friend’s habit while continuing to love and care for him — Here’s the chorus.

I will never falter, I will never fear
For I’ve seen the demons love can conquer disappear

Watch her video

Closer to home, local rising star, Chelsea Berry’s song You Me and Mary shows us how drugs can ruin a relationship.  Listen here:

Oliver Stone, in his cautionary movie The Doors, demonstrates how drugs and excess killed one of rock music’s most creative geniuses.  This is the best anti-drug experience you could ever give your kids.  Make them sit through the whole thing  before they’re 12.

If recent events aren’t enough to convince you the war on drugs is folly, watch Steven Soderbergh’s brilliant film Traffic.  As Roger Ebert says in his 4-star praise of this extraordinarily creative film, “This war is not winnable on the present terms, and takes a greater toll in human lives than the drugs themselves.”  Watch this trailer:

HOW F@%KING HARD IS IT?

Excuse this little rant but I need to get it out.

I’m a little stressed out with all this harbor planning stuff and listening to idiots that have no vested interest in the harbor tell us what we should do with our property gets really old after a while. Especially when the so called “waterfront experts” haven’t worked on the waterfront but love to tell us whats wrong with “us”.

My specific problem this morning however came after reading a letter in the Times from one of these ‘waterfront experts” so I was already in a pissy mood.

You see no matter how hurried I am when driving I always acknowledge someone that lets me pull out in front of them in traffic. I always without exception give a head nod or wave to someone that lets me cross the street when they stop to let me by and I always trot across the street so not to hold that person up.

Where did these people come from that when you stop for them to cross they slowly traipse on across the street without so much as a simple wave? Is it that freaking hard to do? Does it require too much effort for that simple courtesy? FFS people get some f@%ing manners would you? The world would be a better place.

Mark Ring brought by a pamphlet for some place that will help you avoid getting a stroke and handed it to me. He keeps telling me he is worried beccause he thinks I’m taking the harbor planning stuff too personally. How could I not?