I feel a little silly posting a fun tune today given the world is mourning the loss of Robin Williams and reflecting on his suicide and his inner struggles. I believe we all know someone or people who struggle with depression. My world has not been immune from experiencing or helping someone through depression. All I think of to say right now, is that it’s helpful to just extend a listening ear or an offer to do something with someone who you may think is experiencing depression or loneliness or just a tough time. I’m not an expert and won’t pretend to give professional advice, but I extend my empathy to those who struggle.
I’ll share a quick personal anecdote of just how simple outreach can help. One time I was feeling really low as I was in the midst of a job search, and three girlfriends sent me flowers out of the blue. It really made my day and made me realize that there is and always will be someone you can lean on. Sometimes a person just needs a reminder of that. It doesn’t have to be flowers. It can simply be a call or email to just say “hello, how are you? You want to talk?” If they do great, and just listen. If they don’t, maybe just offer up going for coffee or a movie, simple companionship.
From one of his great comedic moments form the movie, The Bird Cage, I leave you with this tune and sequence, “We are Family”.
While Iggy Azaela dominates the pop side of things with the unofficial song of summer, Fancy, indie gal Jenny Lewis has been receiving strong reviews for her debut solo album, The Voyager. Lewis used to be one half of Rilo Kelly and a former tween star. She was in town last Sunday at First Avenue. The outdoors and boating called to me more than an indoor concert. But I’ll definitely be attending when Lewis returns to town again. Take a listen and maybe discover a new summer tune.
Take a listen to Just One Of The Guys and see who appears:
Intrigued to listen more? Her entire album is on You Tube: