For whatever reason it seems as though musically inclined kids who’ve lost their mother at an early age develop a special talent in music, in both songwriting and performing. This being mothers day I thought I’d put up a list to of them all and maybe encourage anyone who has lost their mother to take up music and songwriting as therapy.
- Tom Petty
- John Lennon
- Paul McCartney
What’s interesting is how absolutely massively successful each of the artists on that list are. Bono has been struggling with his mother’s loss since the first U2 record and he still explores that in his songwriting today. Tom Petty and Madonna are very much in a similar situation.
One of the main reasons John and Paul became such close friends so quickly was that both had their mothers taken away during their teenage years. Both writers explored the issues of their mother’s death in their recordings and have commented on it in various interviews.
I’m pretty certain that all of those artist would trade back their entire musical career for a few more hours with their mothers so appreciate your mom if she’s still around. Tell her you love her and if you know someone who’ve lost their mother recently, make sure you pass on the healing power of songwriting to them.