Steve Perry is back in a big way! The best part of his return is reading all the interviews he's doing for his upcoming album, Traces. What I love is Steve's honesty is so raw, it's a gift he's choosing to truthfully let us in on the years he was out of the public eye.
One of my favorite examples is a conversation Steve had with my friend Lÿndsey Parker at Yahoo Entertainment when he delved into the emotional healing that took place after his girlfriend Kellie passed away in 2012. Steve revealed to Lÿndsey he sought the help of a therapist to deal with his overwhelming grief. I thought the advice he got from his therapist was profound: cherish the grief. In answer to Steve’s “why?” the therapist told him, “Because eventually the bottom will start to rise, and you won’t be able to access it as deeply as you are now.” Steve went on to share the therapist’s words, “I’m sorry it hurts you so much, but it’s…an affirmation of the love you had for each other,” and he urged Steve to “stay in it.”
I took particular notice of this because it’s a perspective on the familiar “only way out is through” concept I’ve never heard stated in quite that manner before. That one day you won’t be able to access the lowest depth of your grief, the only opportunity you have to deal with it is when it’s there, bringing you to your knees.
I’d love to know what you think! If you’ve ever gone through a grieving process, what’s your opinion of the advice Steve’s counselor gave him?
The fact we’re having this very real conversation is thanks to Steve giving us a deep look at who he is. I’ve said it a thousand times, I believe Steve touches our hearts because he opens his to us. And believe me, I don’t think that’s easy. Thank you Steve!
Click below to read all of Lÿndsey’s interview.
Check out the new “We’re Still Here” from Steve Perry’s long-awaited album Traces, due out October 5!