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Re: (TV) Arthur Lee
I only speak from personal experience.Perhaps my way is too insulting for
some. I'm just a very candid person. I've been a drunk,etc.. Been there,
Honestly, I have great difficulty "idolizing" some of these pathetic cats.I
can appreciate their past efforts but I'm not going to "love" their disease.
----- Original Message -----
From: Joe Hartley <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2000 8:37 AM
Subject: Re: (TV) Arthur Lee
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> > JPG wrote: Sounds like another pathetic loser.
> > The man responsible for the first three Love records was no pathetic
> > "Forever Changes" is on an equal plain with "Marquee Moon."
> I find JPG's attitude amazingly harsh. I have known people with drug and
> alcohol problems, and have broken off dear friendships because of it, and
> had friends die because of this. There is a big difference between JPG's
> smug moral superiority and necessity of pushing someone away because they
> either need to get better or worse. I wonder whether JPG has ever
> personally known anyone seriously addicted. Doesn't sound like it.
> Artistic genius is often coupled with psychological problems that draw
> such people to drugs (including alcohol) like a moth to a flame. On
> a very simplistic level, such people can be said to "feel" more strongly
> than the average "normal" person. How people react to this varies with
> each person. Sometimes purging themselves through their art is
> sufficient, sometimes it's not. The drugs come into play because they
> dull that feeling. Some people can control it, others can't. The drugs
> that are most often abused to the point of addiction by artists are
> opiates and alcohol. This isn't a coincidence - these are the drugs that
> are most effective at toning down these feelings.
> You can look down your nose at the people who can't handle the reality
> (or the drugs), but there's a fiendish circle at work against the artist.
> The feelings help put the genius in the art, but make the artist feel
> that he (or she) is not really in control. Oddly enough, the drugs at
> first make the artist feel in control. Used often enough, though, the
> physical addiction will rear its head, and then there's a whole new
> problem to deal with.
> I'm fortunate; I don't feel so out-of-balance that I need strong drugs
> on a regular basis to help me feel in control. A beer or a toke from time
> time does fine, and I won't go nuts if I don't have it. I also don't have
> the spark of creativity to be a good musician or writer or any other type
> of artist. I enjoy playing guitar, but I have no personal "voice" and
> don't write my own music. I don't mind; I understand the tradeoffs.
> Yes, there are people who can make music and don't really seem to have
> demons to fight. Their music is usually dull and boring. Even people
> with their demons can make dull music - there are no hard and fast rules.
> When I hear stories about people like Arthur Lee, I'm saddened to think
> of the losing battle against keeping balance they're in. Of all the
> feelings I have, contempt is not among them.
> Much of this message came from a looong conversation I had with a friend
> of mine, one of the best guitarists I've ever heard, at a time when he
> was off heroin and seemed to have a handle on his life and career. Sadly,
> koyaanisqatsi (life out of balance) took hold later and he OD'ed just as
> his career seemed to finally be taking off. We'd gotten onto the topic
> when I casually remarked I'd give anything to play as well as he did, and
> he replied he'd glady give it up if he could get control of things.
> Paul, I still miss you.
> Joe Hartley - UNIX/network Consultant - email@example.com
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