Musings From A Musical Mind

Last night I finished watching the 2 hour interview on OWN about Steven Tyler from Aerosmith.  Oprah has a new show – where she in true Barbara Walters style, is interviewing famous people one-on-one in their homes.

I have to say this: the thoughts below are my  personal opinion only.  I have a somewhat different view, because I grew up when bands like Aerosmith were at the height of their popularity – and like so many other bands of the era – they became the soundtrack of my childhood and teenage years.

I actually haven’t been a fan of Oprah until recent years – it was after all the controversy stirred up about her being “anti-God” and even “trouble because she’s so rich and powerful”.  I decided to watch, listen and decide for myself – not just take everyone’s word for it.  I was pleasantly surprised to find her open, generous to a fault, teachable, and gracious.  She has helped so many people – been an inspiration to thousands, maybe millions of people and is on a personal quest to find the good out there – and celebrate it.  I can’t speak about her spiritual condition – but if we judge her on her what she has done to help others – then I would have to say that her life speaks for itself and God is the only judge.  I like her.  I can’t help it.  She’s so down to earth and a really nice person, I feel like if I knew her personally, she would be a friend.

I also like Steven Tyler.  I can’t help it.  He’s such a nice, kind and gracious person.  I feel like if I knew him personally, he would also be a friend.  He has paid his dues as a rock star and all that comes with that title – and he’s still a really nice person – at the end of the day.  He’s stayed grounded, had a good support system, was intensely close to his parents and sister and stayed true to himself in the midst of years of drug abuse and pain.  Every interview I’ve ever seen of him in his recent years has been one filled with regret and it’s changed him and made him a real person, humble and open.  He was always a great performer – but now he’s just a really nice person who really cares about making a difference and not taking anything for granted.  He’s a judge on American Idol – and his humorous ways keep the show “light” and give a human touch.  He’s known to be outrageous and out spoken – I find him refreshing and real.

The interview was a glimpse into Steven and why he has come to be the way he is today.  It is wonderful to hear him say that each day is a gift – he wants to give back and not take anything for granted – that drugs are empty and he wishes he had not given into their seductive play in his life – he regrets the people and family he’s hurt and has spent much time trying to regain what he’s lost and to be a better Dad to those four kids that suffered at his absence.  He does not speak specifically about personal faith – but it is right under the surface of things he expresses and his life, attitude and actions prove that something has indeed changed him.  I loved it when he said that God is in the music he hears – and Oprah said, “maybe God IS the music” – it was a rich moment.

As a child of the 70’s – I appreciate the “old school” bands like Aerosmith – because they are classic and no one has ever been able to duplicate their unique sound and talent in all the years since.  Drug abuse was rampant in the 70’s and 80’s in most of the mainstream bands.  It was a way of life – an empty life of false promises and real heartache and pain after the fact.  Those alive today are grateful and take nothing for granted.

The older I get, the more grace I have for others that have made mistakes and bad choices.  I am not perfect – have blown it more times than I can count – and have found God’s grace rich, intense and always there for me.  I appreciate it when others are real about their mistakes, shortcomings and sin – and are willing to turn and go another direction with God’s help.  Even very wealthy rock stars and talk show hosts.  God’s grace has no limit on race, color or circumstance and is there for anyone who asks for it.  It is not for me to prejudge another person’s heart and life – that is for God alone.

Steven wrote “Dream On” when he was in his twenties.  The lyrics and melody came to him while he was in his home  – in the same place where Oprah was interviewing him – and  it has been Aerosmith’s signature anthem ever since.  My favorite Aerosmith song of all time – here it is.  It is a glimpse into his early talent as a songwriter, singer and performer.

Enjoy and God Bless

Comments on: "Dream On – A Visit With Steven Tyler" (10)

  1. Cindy, thanks for what you said about Oprah. I, too, decided to watch her to make up my own mind (back when she was on network TV). I discovered her to be warm, understanding, and incredibly generous. Some of the negative comments circulating about her spiritual views are taken out of context, and, in my opinion, do no one any good. I’m not saying she is an Evangelical Christian, but I do know she attended church as a child. After her pastor said something about God she felt was not consistent with God’s nature, she opened up to other avenues of spirituality. I pray for her as she searches for the truth. She does have numerous friends who are believers. Surely their lives and witness are influential. In fact, Oprah and actor/producer Tyler Perry (himself a believer) visited Lakewood Church in Houston to hear Joel Osteen preach. I believe she also talked to Pastor Osteen about doing a program for OWN network. All that to say, I applaud your positive words about her life and influence. Whatever her personal relationship with Jesus is at this point, I have to acknowledge that she lives out many biblical principles more consistently than do some church folks I know.

    • LOVE this comment. And Thank you, Diana. It’s great when we speak from our heart with no fear. That has prevented me in the past – but NO LONGER. Thanks for your validation and nod of approval about my opinions and ramblings. Nice to NOT be alone. In response to Oprah doing a segment about Joel Osteen – YES – we already saw the preview for it! Can’t wait to see that interview – It’s coming soon! Look for it!

  2. I keep hearing about Oprah’s new show, but we don’t get her new channel. I love Oprah and all the good things she does. I don’t know much about Steven Tyler, but I’m sure I would have loved the interview! Gah! Perhaps it is time to call the cable company? And I agree about not being so critical of others. That’s something I struggle with and strive for daily!

  3. I like him as well. He impressed me on American Idol this past year.

    • He’s compassionate about people and young people starting out in the music business and it’s great to see him mentoring others with love and humor. I’m looking forward to another great season!

  4. Cindy, It is with such joy that I read your writing and hear your heart in every word. Thank you for allowing us to be an audience to you and the path God has taken you and your family through the years. It spurs me on, makes me better, and reminds me that not only is His grace sufficient but I could probably extend myself some of that same grace as well. I’ve DVR’d this interview and after reading your blog, I cannot wait to get home and watch it!

  5. I just never was that interested in the lives of people in Hollyweird. Lived near there too long and I know what it embodies. I admire Oprah for her generocity and her business saavy, but I’m not a fan. I used to listen to a lot of that music back when I was a kid. Now I prefer to surround myself with Christian music as much as possible. Just keeps me grounded. Too much going on in my life that is difficult, I need more of God in my life. I put it in wherever I can.

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