by Kathleen Sykes
We may be an orchestra, but you better believe we know how to rock n’ roll. This summer, we’re most excited to rock out with Rick Springfield himself! We asked him a few questions, and he gave us some thoughtful answers.
How is writing song lyrics similar to writing a novel?
It’s a very similar process. I sit with my computer open and wait for a miracle. Most of the time there is zip, but occasionally the process produces something. Writing a novel is like writing a really, really long song that doesn’t have to rhyme. It’s all a crap-shoot and I never know what the outcome will be with either, so it keeps it interesting. The great thing about writing is that anything can happen—which is the magic in it.
What are your biggest musical inspirations?
The Beatles—I’m still trying to figure out what they did. Early Cliff Richard and The Shadows. And before that, Rodgers and Hammerstein and all the great Broadway musicals.
What are you most excited about for your debut in Park City?
Going back to where I learned to ski. In 1979, I had a friend who was a really good skier, so we went to Park City, and I fell down the mountain for a few days until I finally got the hang of it. I will always have great memories of this place because it was just before the “Jessie’s girl” hit and everything changed for me.
How has music and artistic expression helped you through your experiences with depression?
Music and having a voice in the arts has been a great help. Art is as nebulous as depression, so they go hand in hand to me. A lot of what I write comes from my depression, and I try to turn it into something positive so it doesn’t beat me. I would always recommend talking to someone and not have it be a lonely journey. Artistic expression is something that can channel darkness very well.
Are you working on any projects that you’re passionate about right now?
I am writing a new novel, finishing up an orchestral album, and writing new music. Touring with the 3 different shows (my band, solo, and symphony) is very exciting and keeps things interesting.
What are some of your best memories of being on the road?
The road is tough. The most fun are the gigs. That’s what keeps me on the road. The big party at the end of a long journey.
Get your fix of rock n’ roll at Rick Springfield with the Utah Symphony! Buy your tickets here.