I love books and I love to read. I’ll take on any and all topics that interest me or that pique my interest.
n. the state of wanting to know or learn about something or someone
Lately I’ve been checking-out library books on gardening, food/cooking, psychology, fiction, and non-fiction. I also make a point of reading biographical/autobiographical tomes specifically covering rock personalities (or in the case of Cher, style icons). What I really noticed about these biographies is that some just present you with a list of events or points of interest while others offer you a real glimpse inside the person (or band). I prefer the latter.
For example, let’s take the Cher biography, Cher: Strong Enough. I’ve been a fan of hers since the 1970’s but, with the exception of a Reader’s Digest look at how Sonny & Cher became Sonny & Cher, the book became a chronology of her TV shows…season by season, episode by episode. In the end I knew no more about CHER than I did before. Let’s compare that book with Cyndi Lauper’s A Memoir.
Cyndi Lauper did not hold back. All the hardships, struggles, and very painful memories were put out there for the reader to see. (Those who are aroused by such misery will LOVE this book. Yes, I’m being snarky.) Who she was and who she became was never compromised by those circumstances. She maintains a wonderful outlook on life:  “In the darkest place, shed the brightest light.” I am now a huge fan.
Back in August I read Ann and Nancy Wilson’s autobiography, Kicking & Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul, and Rock & Roll. With the exception of having an infamous ancestor, I felt it was a rather impersonal look at the lives of two very influencial women. Who ARE Nancy and Ann? Answer: Two very nice ladies who faced (and overcame) more than a few challenges. But I already knew about those challenges going in. I don’t feed off drama, but I felt there were more layers to their personalities that were never discussed. Perhaps they wanted to keep it that way.
Let’s turn to Stevie Nicks. I finished reading one biography, Stevie Nicks: Visions, Dreams, and Rumours, and am in the middle of a second one, Gold Dust Woman: A Biography of Stevie Nicks. Neither were written by Ms. Nicks but I have a clear vision of who she IS aside from who she APPEARS to be – which are not that far removed. Both books were personal enough to engage and delight me. Aside from the mystical aspects, I love where her head is at. She is similar to Lauper in that she chooses to nurture herself in such a way that is counteracts the sometimes negative aspects of living a rock and roll lifestsyle. I am a fan.
For those of you who are interested, I also found these biographical books to be uniquely personal: True Love (Jennifer Lopez) and Dancing With Myself (Billy Idol). Surprisingly, Idol’s book is so filled with introspective inspiration that I’ve re-read it several times.
There have been a number of studies done about how what you watch on TV affects and influences your thoughts and behavior. What a surprise that the more negative info we take in the more negative we become. TV shows have been cashing-in on other people’s misery for decades now, and the more famous the person is, the more we salivate over their pain.
This is not my thing. Never has been. It’s just another symptom of the DARKNESS that’s enveloping our World and our psyches. I don’t want to be a part of that and I don’t want it to become a part of me. Marcus Aurelius once wrote “The things you think about determine the quality of your mind. Your soul takes on the color of your thoughts.“, and Christiane Northrup, M.D., has documented how these same thoughts affect the body and its ability to remain healthy.
I want to be the one to walk in the sun –
Cyndi Lauper (Girls Just Want to Have Fun)
 Lauper, Cyndi (2012). Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. Simon & Shuster. p. 82.