Just wanted to say Thank You!, Counting Crows, Adam, too ... I've been listening to you since the beginning of your band. Your music was and still is such a panacea to my spirit. The 90's and early 2000's were a very hard time for me, battling with manic depression. Listening to your CDs in the car helped me just vent a lot of pain as I went through college, single mom/work and several crash & burns. I got 12 Stepped and 13th stepped then walked out on my life and just got stoned for 9 months in 2002. Then I met Michael, my soulmate and another fellow manic at the bottom of his own black hole. I don't recommend the way I ran from help and self-medicated and indulged in co-dependent relationships with boyfriends who were toxic to my life. As the MythBusters say - "Kids - Don't try this at home." Only by the grace of God, love, family and meaningful music I could relate to, did I manage NOT to wind up taking myself out of this world. I'm sober today and getting help for the mood swings that have made my life unmanageable and myself impossible to live with. We'll see if there finally is a better way to soothe the savage beast that tears the heart out of me - if there's really a treatment that isn't worse than the disorder. I'm not giving up this time. Michael finally got the help he needed at age 46. They say he is a classic textbook example of a manic depressive man. If a doctor really can help him, as he so obviously has, then I won't stand by him and remain a depressed blob on the couch. I'm 45, I'm tired, bankrupt and burned out. It's finally my turn to start living without dying inside. I have nothing to lose by talking to a counselor, except an hour here and there. I guess I'll just take it slow. Still, Thank you for listening and thanks so much for some real music in an age of media garbage that mascarades as talent. I never get tired of listening to your tunes! I can't explain how it helps me vent, but it does. BTW, I always sang, choirs, the radio, school chamber music, played violin as a kid, but forever will regret never learning to write music. I am also a poet, occasionally. Songwriters who still try to make a go of things are a true inspiration to me. Keep up the great work!
Deb E. G. -