Anonymous asked: I know you aren't a doctor, but being you were around certain situations with drugs, etc what do you think of 'it's alright if you smoke dope, as long as you don't smoke cigarettes?'
Again, “Dammit Jim, I’m a record producer, not a doctor” (I know, that’s getting old, but I loved Star Trek.) Here is the scoop on that the way I see it. First, yes, do not smoke cigarettes. I did for 14 years & got nothing out of it but smokers cough & yellow teeth. Wow, big fun. I did manage to quit some 25 years ago upon the birth of my daughter Harmony, thankfully. As far as pot goes, look, we all need some sort of escape, I get that. For some it’s booze, pills, drugs or other screwed up shit. I do not put pot in the same category, again it is NOT THE SAME! Now, having screamed that off my chest, doesn’t mean I advocate you going out now & getting indiscriminately high. Quite the opposite. If you can escape through natural means like travel, sports, hobbies or religion, than so be it, more power to ya & we can all learn from that. Something to aspire to or a personal goal to be set. But for some of us mortals, it’s not always easy to find the discipline in life needed to sustain such behavior. In fact it is even hard to relax enough to sleep in this modern society, stress taking us in a forehand grip & pulling us to self demolition. If you have not figured this out by 18 or so & feel yourself sinking into the abyss of stress & anxiety, then perhaps pot is a better alternative than alcoholic beverages or other harder drugs. As long as you use it as a tool of insight to yourself and express it with beauty & positive creative energy. This does not apply to everybody as for some, it will surely make them feel a bit paranoid & cause them to retreat, who needs that. Do not depend on it for a substitution to something only emotional relationships can provide. It is not a replacement for being bored, if not productive on it, no go, no go, no go. Only your gut instinct can foresee if it’s alright for you. For me, after starting in 1968 till now, smoking every single day, I can honestly say I aammmm nnoooottt aadddddiccteeedddeed. Lol. Seriously, no ill effects yet & I quit when I need to. Right now with the severe & constant pain in my lower back, I need it to keep eating & focus on my work. I am a legal marijuana patient in the great state of Nevada & recommend you see a doctor to get legal if your state or country provides for it & that’s what you decide is right for you. Again, this is not a recommendation. Only an individual or/with a professional counselor is qualified to make the decision for themselves. I can only state what worked for me & what that means to your life is entirely up to you. This point of view is going to be controversial for some, but please understand, it comes from my heart and is honest. I am certainly willing to post other opinions on this matter, it’s an important discussion. Thanks.
Oh, one more thing, in relation to FM, I used pot as a tool of focus & second perspective in making some or most of my production decisions. In this way, I was able to escape my own petty ego & serve the music and the artist
Anonymous asked: My question is: how bad was Stevie's eyesight? She's talked about it being pretty bad, and in some pictures you can see how thick her lenses on her glasses were. How did she see onstage with such poor eyesight and not wearing glasses?
Stevie’s eyesight was bad. I think she needed a telescope to pass the drivers license eye exam. In those days she wore contact lenses mostly from what I can remember. In fact we had to cancel a show one night in the mid 70s because she fell asleep the night before with her contact lenses in. Big fun that was. When she wasn’t wearing any eye help on stage, I don’t think she could see the individual people, rather a large sea of humanity. Security was always watching she didn’t go over the front of the stage in blind enthusiasm, and I, at the sound board, just held my breath. (And sometimes closed my eyes)