Music With A Message

Music has been a big part of my recovery. So it makes sense that it should be a big part of this blog. Music is a way to express and release emotions. It can inspire, energize, or calm down. Music can explain things when words fail. Good music to me usually carries a message or feeling that is relative to real life situations.

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Boston’s Higher Power

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales

July 21, 2016

Not sure what it all means, but the imagery is strong with an overall feeling of regret. Like the killer whale in nature, the drunk driver on the road had better be approached with caution, remorseless and deadly. [Intro] In the backseat of my heart My love tells me I’m a mess I couldn’t get […]

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The More I Drink

May 28, 2016

Somehow I missed this one when it came out years ago. It has been in heavy rotation as background music at my store for the past couple of days. Maybe the muzak programmers think it increases alcohol sales. While the appeal to the casual listener was probably it’s comedic take on the alcoholic condition; the […]

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Sober Toolbox Additions

May 10, 2016

Sometimes, it’s fun to go back in time… but not too far back.  The best from the past without any fluff.  All these posts are from the summer of ’09. Go ahead and hit play. There Was No Sign – Oh, there will be a sign… but it wont be a peppy song. Headed Toward Treatment? – […]

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Cansei de Ser Sexy – Drugs, Alcohol, and Hangovers

April 15, 2016

What’s better than a song by a Brazilian girl band that crafts pop tunes around our subject matter here – three songs. The first one caught me with the “music is my drug” lyric, the second one for it’s title, and the third a logical ending for the trilogy called “Hangover”. CSS (an initialism of […]

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R.I.P. Merle Haggard

April 7, 2016

As famous for his music as his hard living days and ways, country music star Merle Haggard passed away earlier this week.  The term “Outlaw Country” was used widely to describe his brand of country music and deservedly so; he was serving a prison sentence for a  drunken escapade in San Quentin when Johnny Cash […]

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Bath Salts

March 24, 2016

In the history of rock and roll, there have been plenty good songs that caution against drug use; but they are usually about the more commonly abused drugs like cocaine, heroine, or LSD.  This one about bath salts strikes me as odd. “Bath Salts” by the highly suspect named band, Highly Suspect , may not be as rock ‘in to me […]

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Sia – Chandelier

March 7, 2016

I had my mind expanded last week and went on a pop music binge after learning the song “Chandelier” by Sia was about alcoholism.  How could I miss its meaning after hearing the song and seeing the video so many times?   I just wasn’t looking for it because it was so… pop. In a “best of” interview with Howard Stern […]

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R.I.P. Glenn Frey

January 18, 2016

Sad day for Eagles fans around the world as founding member Glenn Frey passed away today.  I am one of the lucky ones who got to see them during their heyday.  My dad actually took me and friend of mine to an Eagles concert on their Long Run tour.  I was 17 in 1980.  The ticket […]

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Bowie’s Last Stand

January 12, 2016

I am just blown away by this video, one of his very last if not the final one of his career.  Released the day before his birthday last week, I only heard about it yesterday after his passing.  Obviously he knew he was not long of this earth. I believe it’s about the regrets and […]

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Belated Bowie Birthday

January 11, 2016

Happy Belated Birthday to David Bowie who turned 69 last week.  Bowie was afraid he would not make it to age 30 due to cocaine addiction ; which he kicked around the time this video was made.  He is one of my favorite artists and this is one of my favorite songs.   This performance aired live on […]

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Can’t Feel My Face

January 5, 2016

I like to keep up with new music, but I generally stay away from pop music, the music you hear on terrestrial radio and made popular by our youth.  Looking at a Billboard Top 40, and I do time from time; I might have heard four or five of the songs.  If a title I don’t […]

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John Denver ~ Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas

December 16, 2015

Although better known for his upbeat songs like “Country Roads”, “Annie’s Song”, and “Rocky Mountain High”; John Denver had a very dark side and struggled with drug and alcohol abuse throughout his life.  This 1997 article,  John Denver: ‘My dark night of the soul’  is a confessional interview conducted just 6 months before his death in an […]

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Guess Who Went Too Far?

December 13, 2015

I never thought of this as a drug song until just the other day; the easy going jazzy tone of it mislead me. It was released in 1969 by Randy Bachman after hearing Bob Dylan’s “Ballad in Plain D”, which included the phrase “she was easily undone”. Bachman’s song tells the story of a girl […]

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