#15: Joe Walsh: One Day at a Time: 2012.
Joe Walsh is a wild man, you only have to see a current photograph or listen to an interview and it will be clear that he has lived life on the edge. Walsh is an outstanding solo musician in his own right with over 50 years experience. He has also been a talented band member of The Eagles and Ringo Starr & His All- Starr Band as well as a session musician.
What I like most about Joe Walsh is that he is an honest man – and that you have to respect! He is honest about his past addictions to alcohol and drugs, to the depths of despair they took him and the long path back to some sort of sanity in his life. He has been sober for over two decades now and today I want to write about his song One Day at a Time released on his solo album Analog Man in 2012.
What is wonderful about this song is that is traces the path from entrapment to redemption and healing. Walsh starts by talking about his addictions which went on for I don’t know how many years and states that his life was Like a runaway train headed for the end of the line.
Lost, out of control, he finally had to admit that he might have had problem and this problem was just too damn big of a mountain to climb and he had to get down on my [his] knees and confess I just can’t go on livin’ this way.
Next he admitted that he didn’t only have a problem and that the problem was not only his but the problem was actually him. He owned it and there was no point in blaming anyone else as he used to put the blame on everybody’s shoulders but mine. He finally learned to take responsibility for his own behaviour and realised that he needed help from something greater than me.
Previously he had been too blind to see but now he knew he needed help from something bigger than himself and he learnt that most important lesson- to live one day at a time.
Wow! Fantastic stuff and so full of truth and honesty. Dare I say honesty that has actually saved his life-one day at a time.
Thank you Joe for the music, thank you for the message.