Speaking in a recent interview with Dash Radio, Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedies spoke about the sources of musical inspiration.
He explained the three strong sources of inspiration as follows:
“Pain is a better source of inspiration, suffering is a better source of inspiration, difficulty is a better source of inspiration.
Those kinds of emotions tend to come out on the last record [2016’s ‘The Getaway’]. Josh [Klinghoffer, guitar] had this beautiful little chord progression and when Robin Williams died, I was for some weird reason affected by that.
Like, how he felt when he left when he left this Earth, I felt like we lost the energy of a saint. He was such a giver and as messed up as he might have been or if he didn’t like his comedy, whatever, his whole vibe was to make the world a better place, I felt.
And so, I was stricken with grief over the loss of someone that I was not close to and I ended up writing a song about not judging people for killing themselves because they’re in so much pain that you can’t even comprehend.
Like maybe it was a miracle that he got 65 years on this Earth, surviving with that pain, and raising his family with that pain, so when he finally checked out I was like, ‘Let’s just, let’s not judge him for that.’ We don’t know what he was going through.”
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