Tom Cochrane — Canadian Musician born on May 14, 1953,

Thomas William "Tom" Cochrane, OC OM is a Canadian musician known for his many hit songs and his charitable work. Cochrane fronts the Canadian rock band Red Rider and has won eight Juno Awards. He is a member of the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, an Officer of the Order of Canada, has an Honorary Doctorate from Brandon University and is an Honorary Colonel in the Royal Canadian Air Force. In September 2009 he was inducted onto the Canadian Walk of Fame... (wikipedia)

Tragedy in life normally comes with betrayal and compromise, and trading on your integrity and not having dignity in life. That's really where failure comes.
As a songwriter, if you can touch people and make them feel a little less alone in the world, then you've done your job.
Music is one of those things that make us feel a little less alone in the world.
I believe a lot of disease comes from anxiety, loneliness.
I think if you're a good songwriter, that's what you are first - not a star or celebrity.