A Berger Joint with Mike Henneberger
For more than two decades, I've been lucky enough to have A LOT of different outlets through which my depressive and anxious mind could explore to try to make sense of it all. Scratch that, luck had nothing to do with it. Understanding life, or at least feeling more comfortable in it, set me on a long (maybe lifelong) journey that has never stopped being difficult, and has always required tenacity and dedication. Or perhaps I'm just driven by a minute-to-minute attempt to avoid mental breakdown. Either way, that avoidance has led me to a lot of cool opportunities, some fun adventures, and, yes, even SOME answers. The luck part comes from the fact that I've been able to experience all that through content creation, storytelling, and interviewing many of my musical heroes who have literally saved me with their songs. From writing songs as the lead singer of bands, writing music and entertainment journalism, and producing digital media and video content for companies like Comedy Central, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Vice, Spin, and through a military mental health charity I started called Zero Platoon, I've been able to make it day by day with a little more hope than the day before. A Berger Joint is where I'll be sharing my past and continued quest with anyone else who'd like to come along for the ride. You'll hear Zero Platoon interviews about art and mental health. You'll hear chapters from my upcoming book, Rock Bottom at the Renaissance, about music and mental health. And you'll hear whatever else pops up along the way. Thanks for the company. Let's go.