I am so glad I saw something about this on Facebook. Here is an excerpt from the bio on Rob Thomas’ website:
The album’s first single, the kaleidoscopic “Her Diamonds,” is the most personal song Thomas has yet committed to disc. Rob’s wife Marisol is courageously battling an autoimmune disease, and “Her Diamonds” was written “about a couple dealing with that on a day-to-day basis,” explains Thomas. “There’s an incredible amount of sadness that comes with something like that. There are moments where I think I flirted with a thinner personal line than I’ve ever done before, but, really, I’m writing a song about how people deal with hard times, and that hard time is universal, that hard time can be anything.”
That gift of turning the personal into the universal has long been a hallmark of Rob’s work. “If I can take a specific moment in my life and write about how that moment makes me feel – not about the moment, but the way the moment makes me feel, all of a sudden I’m in a territory where a lot of people can understand that. A lot of people understand that feeling; they have other things in their life that make them feel that way. If I write ‘3am’ about my mother dealing with cancer, that’s a very specific moment, but if I write about how that made me feel, then it opens up and it becomes a universal moment.”
I went to the site and watched the video “Her Diamonds“. Wow. Writing a song about his wife’s illness and how it feels is really intimate and I’m so glad he did it. It opens up conversation about autoimmune disease to his fans. What is it? Which one does she have? etc. It must have been hard to open up their personal life and talk about his wife’s battle with autoimmune disease and how it affects both of them. I wonder if she wanted him to, to help the cause. I wish I could say thank you to him personally, I can’t so I will just say it here. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart-thank you. My husband and I watched your video and were both so touched. You nailed it right on the head.
I’ve always said if more famous people would speak about autoimmune disease, the population would be soon asking questions about autoimmunity. We really need more press and exposure. A lot of you know that there have been no new meds for lupus in 50 years. That’s just inexcusable. That’s just one example of how autoimmune diseases are at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to exposure, research dollars, and just plain understanding. How many people live with the pain and fear of their body’s attack on their body. Even that sentence doesn’t seem to make sense. None of it does. It’s so random.
Done, off my soapbox now. This is a video of Rob Thomas performing this song Her Diamonds live on the Ellen Show. To see the video of the song, you can go to his website at www.robthomasmusic.com and click on the videos tab, or just click here. 🙂
*******UPDATE*******I added his video, Her Diamonds to my vodpod on the left side of the blog. It is the first video in the lupus vids. Have fun!! Even though I want everyone to hear this song and talk about it, the song kicks ass. It doesn’t need a small town blogger trying to sell it. Enjoy!