Eddie Vedder, the frontman of Washington-based rock band Pearl Jam, has unveiled his way to cope with depression, that began in his childhood, on his latest appearance on a show aiming to raise money to help people in the music industry.
During his recent chat with Keith Levenson on ‘In the Coop with Keith Levenson,’ Eddie Vedder has opened up about his tough battle to protect his mental health over the years.
Through the show, Vedder also helped Levenson’s Fustercluck charity, which raises money in aid of the people in the music industry who need financial help due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Within the course of the conversation, Vedder revealed that the music helped him get through his deep dark depression which was rooted in his youth. He said he realized the fact that every time he talks about mental health issues, his answers always touch upon the healing effect of the songs he listened to or the bands he has been inspired by.
Furthermore, Eddie Vedder explained that he really understands the feelings of his fans as he is also on the receiving end of some people saying that ‘you helped me during a hard time with the songs you wrote.’
Here’s what Eddie Vedder said about mental health during his recent conversation:
“For some of us, it’s everything and I’m talking about before I even knew how to play an instrument. I talked to somebody about some mental health issues and every answer I had going back to a young kid or deepest darkest depression.
It ended up, I didn’t anticipate this, but every answer I gave was that music helped me through it. This band helped me through it, that band helped me through it, that song helped me through it.
I know that from incredibly being on the receiving end of some people saying that you really helped me during a trying time with a certain song that you wrote. They’re kind of compelled to tell you that.”
“I always try to tell them, ‘You did the work. The music maybe just was a little bit of a life raft for a minute there.’ But I know what they’re talking about because I went through it myself.
We’re talking from Quadrophenia to Talking Heads to The Germs to Sex Pistols, Ramones. It was a complete lifeline and so does music matter? Yes.“
See the whole conversation below.