Judy Collins — A Q&A, Unplugged
Pulse magazine talked with Collins about what inspires her.
What keeps you singing and writing?
Well, I’ve been sober for 40 years, and I’m in Alcoholics Anonymous… I have a very healthy life. I keep working and trying to be creative, and I do things that make me happy and that encourage that I’ll be around as long as I want to be.
When did you fall in love with music?
I was raised in a very musical family. My father made his living in the music business; he had a radio show. So, I listened to him practically every day and that was an education. I was drawn to folk music because of the stories.
What’s your advice for young people?
They say to think local and act global — I think do what is available to you. That’s what is important. It’s the little things that count. And when you see an injury, when you see a violation, speak up.
What message do you share?
Mental health is our No. 1 problem — and we are losing more people to alcoholism in this country than to drugs. My last book, “Cravings,” is about my eating disorder, compulsive over-eating... Whatever we do that is an addiction spins us into mental health violations.
Meditation works. Alternative medicine works — acupuncture, massage, a free program in a 12-step arena. You can get help for free, and nonprofits like The LCADA Way are here to guide you.