So, I ran across this post a couple hours ago, and it immediately caught my eye. The question is straight-forward; what is the first answer that comes to your mind? I instantly answered ‘yes’. As a creative, we are expected to maintain a certain level of emotional immortality, which essentially has the potential to deepen one’s existing state of unhappiness, doubt or full on depression. If you follow me, follow me then you have literally seen me break down, hardcore bawling with snot bubbles… the whole nine. I feel no shame in those moments, because I realize that I am human. All artists, performers, creatives, bankers, corporate jerks, military forces, preachers are HUMAN. Let’s start there.
Being human, regardless of one’s religious/spiritual beliefs, is- by definition- a mortal being. With that being said, none of us should be expected to overlook our inner battles. Sure, “give it to God”, talk to your psychic or whatever it is you do; but any tactic used to acknowledge or seek help for said battle(s) is the first step in the cure. I allowed my emotions to guide me as I responded to @QIvoryWorld’s post on Instagram, and I also read the comments of others. For the most part, we all agree that depression is somewhat overlooked in the music industry.
When Taylor Swift is singing those upbeat, “I’m over you anyway… I can’t keep a man…” songs, don’t you think she was maybe hurt when she heard the rumors, received the news of the breakup or had to break up with him? Maybe not the best example, but it’s fairly generic. So, how about Fun “Some Nights”? Is that a more relative reference? Go listen to the song with the lyrics https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/fun/somenights.html. I am not saying they were depressed, but some of the lyrics make me question their then current state of mind when these lyrics danced across it. As a creative I can attest to pouring my heart, damn-near literally, into my projects. I sweat, bleed, cry, doubt, want to give up and even experience nervous breakdowns. Some instantaneously use this negative energy to enhance their repertoire, whilst other- like myself- may suffer from acute/mild manic depression, which can skew our vision, leading us further into the darkness; and when we are level enough we then use the last drop of our energy to create. Either way, the song(s) or beat(s) that derived from that energy are usually fire! Great! But……. let’s not forget where this is rooted: depression.
Once the execs get a listen at that new “banger”, they seemingly couldn’t care less about what the artist went through to produce. This is the issue. Perhaps not everyone is comfortable talking to someone about their struggles, but at least offering an ear or inquiring (genuinely) from where his/her motive originated would make a world of difference. The next time you hear a song, truly listen to the words, not just the beat.
If you or anyone you know may struggle with mental stability, or simply want to discuss stress or uncertainty to a non-bias party, please reach out and share the word: https://www.mentalhelp.net/