the whole enchilada

There was a certain dead fish eye look among the few people I knew who were heroin users. Brent was one, I didn’t put that together until he died from it. I answered some questions in an interview last week for my book and found that question unexpected. Did you know musicians who had heroin problems when you started? Did it make their music unique? I wasn’t sure what it meant if I answered yes or no. I hate giving people a reason to think the answer is something that lies outside of someone, that the music was due to a drug or a religion or a romance. It might be related but the artist is presenting what they cooked up not the separate ingredients. Often in songwriting interviews one is asked what do you do first the melody or the words? Seems like a question to make categories easier and keep the appreciation for wholeness at bay.

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