The Art of Depression: Jack Droppers and the Best Intentions

Artist:

Jack Droppers and the Best Intentions

About the Piece:

Jack Droppers was diagnosed with depression a few years ago and said this song is an attempt to come to grips with the fact that depression won’t necessarily make him a better writer but it also isn’t completely bad either.

All the Same To Me Now

Lyrics:

All the Same To Me Now

I thought I’d enjoy the sadness

But It just disappointed me

Like a “get well soon” dollar store balloon

That went and flew into the sea

depression taught me a lesson

Like the ocean learns the moon

I try and behave as I wrestle with the waves

But the tide pulls be back toward you

Whether I’m staring at the heavens

Or I’m staring at the ground

Whenever I’m wonderin’

What this life is all about

Cause all of my beliefs still feel like doubts

But it’s all the same to me now

Sittin’ in the backseat

of a three row minivan

You were thumbing through your journals

of all your adolescent plans

you were gonna move to Nashville

with all the boys in the band

you were gonna write that single

get you up on the grandstand

now you’re living with the things

that you could’ve lived without

if only you had spent your 20’s

acting a little more devout

cause time only moves as fast as God allows

but it’s all the same to me now

like you’re trying to separate the shade from the clouds

or a child who lost her mother in a crowd

to those secret things we’ll never say out loud

to these prayers that still carry me around

they’re all the same to me now

The Art of Depression: Kaci Skiles Laws

Artist:

Kaci Skiles Laws is a writer and artist living in Dallas—Fort Worth. Her work has been featured in The Letters Page, at Bewildering Stories, on Poetry Circle, and is upcoming in 50 Haikus, The American Journal of Poetry, The Bollman Bridge Review, and Sub Rosa Zine. She recently won an award for her poem, This is How it Ends, by NCTC’s English Department and is currently working on a children’s book called The Boogerman.

Writer’s Block

The Art Depression: A Mini-Series

Depression

Depression is never the goal in life. No one wakes up and decides to become depressed like choosing a profession.

“Yes, when I grow up, I think I would like to be either a doctor, or ballet teacher, or maybe a depressed soul.”

No, this is not the choice, and yet at times it is perceived as if it were. As if you could somehow opt out of it and simply turn your mind into a sunshiny, bird-chirping-in-the-morning kind of outlook. That perception can make you feel alone. It’s almost as if you are a bad or unintelligent person for making such a choice.

You might browse through the sea of happy faces with their smiles and vacations.

“Look at them with their romantic dinners on the pier, their healthy food with perfect dining wear. How does anyone have the energy to look for matching napkins and placemats, anyways?”

Depression seems like it is for outcasts. Yet most people experience depression in some form or another at least once in their lives, if not a constant battle.

We Are not “Less-than”

I put this mini series together because I wanted to unite people in this very common experience. We are not somehow “less-than” just because we have depression. It does not take away our value or our worth. It does however, take away joy. I believe there is a way to take back a portion of this joy that depression has so cruelly robbed us of, and that is through art. Art allows us to channel the pain and build something out of it. Some beauty in the sea of darkness.

Step Into Another’s World

In this series you will be seeing compositions of different styles of art from people in various parts of the world. Each one of these artists express depression uniquely, drawn from their experiences and encompass different aspects. They all have something important to say. Come step into the world of each one to learn and feel with them.  

Thank You Artists!

I want to thank all of the artists who have so graciously shared their work to be able to post. These people have vulnerably sent their work to help validate the struggle, lift the burden, and give hope to others. Please support these artists with your likes, comments, and shares. But please, be kind with any comments made as these are real people opening themselves up in order to help destigmatize depression and give their help through their experience.

A Song to Start Us Off

To start us off, I wanted to share a song I wrote a while back about my experience. I tried to capture the dreary feeling and emptiness that comes from the functioning type of depression. Also, at the very end, you get to witnessed the most well-timed yawn in the history of yawns, courtesy of my husband. Please enjoy:

Calling For Submissions!

Calling For Submissions! The Art of Depression: A Mini-Series

Come, be brave and inspire others by your creativity.

I am calling for art submissions that are inspired by depression/anxiety for my upcoming mini-series. The art can be validating the struggle, challenges faced within it, hope beyond it, etc. The goal is to remind people they are not alone, and to see some beauty come out of an otherwise painful experience.

To have your work considered to be a part of this blog series, please follow the instructions below.

Submit:

  • 1 piece of artwork of any medium inspired by depression/anxiety. Poems, music, drawings, paintings, or something completely different!
  • Your contact information. If you have a website that you would like to be promoted, please send as well.

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  • June 30th, 2019