No one is immune to trauma. Seventy-five percent of us will experience a trauma in our lifetime. It can be our health, an act of war, displacement, the loss of a loved one, an accident or like me, an act of violence.
One of my favorite interviews is with Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, The Big Interview with Dan Rather. His trauma, the loss of his five year old son, defined him and his music. A must watch. Here is a profound, beautiful excerpt.
Dan Rather: "Who are you as a person, as a man, who are you?"
Robert Plant: "...I am very fortunate character who’s been been given a lot of gifts and not all of them are evident. But, to inquire to have avid interest in the time and space in which you live and to cherish it and maybe that’s because I lost my boy. (Pause)
Maybe that was kind of the gateway into manhood because then I had to have real shoulders...there was no more of you know, the kind of tea dance in finish, really.
Who am I I suppose? I’m a bunch of residences from of all the things that happened to me.
The back of it all, the kind of buffer that keeps me okay, it’s all that abstract stuff that makes my songs come to life and makes my life like it is.
I don’t make these songs up as if I don’t know who I’m singing about.
And they are not prolific and profound really...they are just meanderings from a guy whose got his eyes open."