The Wrestler: The Scott Hall Story

Thanks to my good friend, Todd Ramey, for pointing this video out to me. It’s an ESPN E:60 documentary (18-minutes long) about Scott Hall, who’s wrestling name is “Razor Ramon,” a character that was huge in the WWF/WWE/WCW, especially in the 1990s.

This is one of the saddest videos I have seen in a while. It truly is a “real life” version of Mickey Rourke’s character from the 2008 movie, The Wrestler.

No disrespect whatsoever to Scott, but please learn from his story. Some things may seem good for a while, but in the end…

Watch “The Wrestler: The Scott Hall Story” here.

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Hurt, a song to live by

As I progress in writing my first book, I am intrigued by the way my thoughts and ideas evolve and formulate. I’ve had the core idea for the book for a while now, but it has been very hard to explain at times. I know people have been confused by prior explanations, as have I.

Now that I have the title, The Music Industry Doesn’t Have To Kill You, it is really beginning to come together. I am not finished yet, but it feels so much better than it did even 3 or 4 months ago.

Just now, I decided to watch Johnny Cash’s music video for “Hurt,” because it truly is one of my favorite songs and music videos, but more so because it is such a strong reminder of what it’s all about. As I was watching, I realized that’s it; that is what my book is all about. Cash sings Trent Reznor’s words at the end:

And you could have it all, my empire of dirt

I will let you down, I will make you hurt

If I could start again, a million miles away

I would keep myself, I would find a way

I can distinctly say to you that this song and music video deeply impacted my soul when I first experienced it in 2003. That actually was probably the beginning of me realizing just how passionate I was about the deeper impact of music, on all of us, but especially those who live life in or around the music industry.

Cash didn’t write the lyrics, but Trent Reznor did, and he was writing about the evils of a terrible substance called heroin.

If I could start again…I would keep myself

Think about that. Reznor, Cash, both men with real life, hardcore experience and subsequent wisdom. If I could start again…I would keep myself. There is a huge lesson in that line.

I’m not saying do or don’t do certain things, just use your brain. Learn from those that have made stupid decisions in the past, and do your best to make better decisions, for your own sake, your family, and all of those around you. Yes, live life. Have fun. Do fun things that will provide countless memories to relive with those near you, just consider the bigger picture. We’re all dealt a different hand, some far better than others, I get that. All you can do is strive to handle yourself in the best possible manner, no matter your upbringing or realities of your today.

The music industry doesn’t have to kill you. That’s what I want to communicate now, and for the rest of my life. I’m so deeply committed to, and passionate about this crazy industry of music and entertainment, and I want to do my part to encourage those around me to see the positive, the good, and to work to push away the dark side, the negativity, that so quickly destroys.

Stevie Ray Vaughan, 20 Years On

I found out that the biggest problem that I had was self-centeredness and ego. That’s really what my addiction seems to boil down to. [chuckles] To keep that part of myself under control while everybody’s telling you how great you are is quite a task.

-Stevie Ray Vaughan, in the book Guitar World Presents Stevie Ray Vaughan: From the Pages of Guitar World Magazine

Friday, August 27, 2010 marked the twentieth anniversary of the untimely death of guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.

I don’t claim to be the biggest guitar fan in the world, but I do know that Vaughan is one of the absolute best, and most important, guitar players that ever lived.

Stevie Ray died in a helicopter crash at the age of 35. He had just performed with Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Jimmie Vaughan (his brother) at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin, when the helicopter he was in went down just after take-off around 1 a.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board reported that the helicopter went down 3/5 of a mile from its takeoff point. Not only did the accident occur extremely close to the venue, it is possible some in attendance were still making their way out.

From the book, Guitar Gods: The 25 Players Who Made Rock History, via Dan Forte’s liner notes in Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Greatest Hits (Epic/Legacy, 1995):

When Eric Clapton himself first heard Stevie play, he said that no one he had ever heard commanded more respect: “Whoever this is, I’ve got to find out. Whoever this is is going to shake the world. It’s going to be a long time before anyone that brilliant will come along again.”

Photographer John R. Rogers took the following beautiful photo of the Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, on the banks of Lady Bird Lake in Austin, Texas. Visit Rogers’ website here.

The following (6:35) video is from VH1 Legends.

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