05.20.11 He gave, but I hope it's not gone

by Big B

He did it again.
Give Till It's Gone is another example of a true artist - someone tapping into something that is so personal on one hand and so universal on the other - giving his fans something more special than just music.
With this album, he gives us insight into stories that are so personal that I feel almost like I shouldn't be listening.
I feel sadness with many of the best songs on this album, but also great joy because this is lasting music that 'gets it.'
And that's the thing, really -
Ben Harper might be personally going through tough times - I don't know. I won't pretend to.
If he is, and THIS is the album he gives us - something so truthful and pure that it's haunting - than I have to feel like it's FOR SOMETHING.
This is the burden that all great artists - especially the best musicians/vocalist/songwriters who provide a soundtrack to all of our lives - must bear. They must. It's essential.
So my question is -
Do they understand this?
Or do they just go out and do it and hurt and say 'fuck it' and go on being brilliant but torn?
I don't know - I will never know.
We, as fans, will never know.
And that's okay...
...as long as Mr. Harper didn't give it all.
We need more.
He doesn't owe us.
But we need more.
Sometimes it's the only truth in our days...

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