Boston’s Higher Power

by Screedler on August 11, 2016

The liner notes of Boston’s Greatest Hits album released in 1997 :

Special thanks to the Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous programs around the world for inspiring the song HIGHER POWER. Less than 10% of all cocaine & heroin users are able to free themselves from addiction, even after prolonged treatment. HIGHER POWER is dedicated to those few individuals who have the heart to recognize the destructiveness of their addiction to themselves and those around them, and the fortitude to succeed against such a powerful force.

BOSTON is drug-free and opposed to violence and cruelty of any kind One of the new recordings on it, “Higher Power,” was inspired by “Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous programs around the world.”

The song includes a Catholic prayer right before the guitar solo. It is the “Serenity Prayer,” written by Reinhold Niebuhr.

Boston leader Tom Scholz wrote this with bass player David Sikes. The “Higher Power” is a concept in Alcoholics Anonymous to help participants deal with their addiction. In this song, Delp sings about looking beyond himself for guidance. Brad suffered from depression and we lost him in 2007. Research reveals no personal problems with drug or alcohol abuse.

Lyrics:

Let me love you
Take me home to your religion for the night
Let me touch you
Teach me how to see your vision through my eyes
Turn the pages
Tell my story, let me face another day
Safe embraces, I feel it comin’ now
My captain’s on his way.

Hey, my higher power
The world is spinnin’, but I’m not afraid
Yeah, give me the power It’s the beginnin’, the beginnin’ of another day.

Yeah

Let me hold you
Take me back into the secrets of my mind
Let me know you
Come and save me Lord
Don’t let me cross the line

Hey, my higher power
The world is spinnin’, but I’m not afraid
Yeah, give me the power It’s the beginnin’, the beginnin’ of another day.

“God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and the wisdom to know the difference.
Thy will,not mine,shall be done.
Amen.”

Ooh, let me love you
Ooh, let me love you

Hey, my Higher Power
The world is spinnin’, but I’m not afraid

Yea, my Higher Power
It’s the beginning of another day.

Hey, my Higher Power
The world is spinnin’, but I’m not afraid

Yeah, my Higher Power
It’s the beginnin’ of another day.

Hey, my higher power
Hey, my higher power
Hey, my higher power

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Zero to Hero

by Screedler on August 9, 2016

If you insist on drinking and driving, at least make sure you’re an organ donor.

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AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM Documentary

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by Screedler on August 3, 2016

I had chance to catch the Showtime documentary on DJ AM last week and although just one person, I can still give it two thumbs up.

Unlike other recent documentaries I’ve seen on stars we’ve lost to drug abuse, specifically Kurt Cobain (Montage of Heck) and Chris Farley (I Am Chris Farley; As I Am focuses as much on what he did in recovery as it does on what made him special. The recovery aspects of the film benefit from the fact that DJ AM was never a household name per se; more famous among the music business elite than the general public. It is equally important that while it sheds light on how he slipped into drug abuse, how he approached recovery, and why he ultimately relapsed and overdosed; it also highlights the fact that he really only blossomed into a giant among his peers after he attained sobriety.

It’s a heartbreaking story that will enlighten viewers on why he was an important artist, how an addictive personality can channel that trait into recovery, and why people in recovery have to be ever vigilant. I am not trying to give anyone a free pass on relapse, but you would be hard pressed to find a more powerful set of circumstances that acted as a trigger for Adams eventual fall back into drug abuse and overdose.

If you have the time, check out AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM Documentary. It’s one of the best I have seen.

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