Photo: I took this selfie last night in front of the beer vats at Liquid Hero Brewery in York, PA. We had just finished rocking the joint with our album release party. (Timeline: 10 weeks sober so far.)
Woke up this morning with a "gig hangover" (see definition below) and checked my messages as I sipped a cup of thick coffee. Just one message from my best friend, Ben "Gitty" Baker.
Ben knows all about my "one year sober" decision and has been really cool about it. Because we work together and share so much in common, we're continually on Instant Messenger, brutally making fun of each other the whole time and goofing off. This morning's message from him was a quote from Charles Baudelaire...and it encouraged me to get drunk.
It was exactly what I needed to hear.
Here's Ben's message:
"You have to be always drunk. That’s all there is to it—it’s the only way. So as not to feel the horrible burden of time that breaks your back and bends you to the earth, you have to be continually drunk.
But on what? Wine, poetry or virtue, as you wish. But be drunk.
And if sometimes, on the steps of a palace or the green grass of a ditch, in the mournful solitude of your room, you wake again, drunkenness already diminishing or gone, ask the wind, the wave, the star, the bird, the clock, everything that is flying, everything that is groaning, everything that is rolling, everything that is singing, everything that is speaking. . .ask what time it is and wind, wave, star, bird, clock will answer you: “It is time to be drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of time, be drunk, be continually drunk! On wine, on poetry or on virtue as you wish."
Thanks, Ben. I'll drink to that.