Sia is the biggest name to work with the biggest names. Yet why doesn’t she want to show her face when she does interviews or performs live. I don’t want to be recognizable or critiqued for my looks. Sia writes songs for music super stars and she says she sees what their life is like with the fans clamoring after them along with the paparazzi when they go out.
Her song in 2005, “Breathe Me,” was played at the end final of Six Feet Under and was a hit instantaneously, “I was so very extremely depressed when I wrote that song. It was my lowest point. I had been drinking and it was my lowest point. I wouldn’t have stopped drinking if I hadn’t been hooked on OxyContin’s and Zanex. I had been taking them for ten months when I hit rock bottom.” That came in 2010 when she was contemplating suicide holed up in her home and eventually enrolled in a twelve step program. “I was like oh my God this is what was wrong with me all along.”
Depression, it’s all a test, some pass it and some don’t, some choose suicide but the dead no matter who they are shouldn’t be criticized for it. Neither should the families or those who were closest to the ailing person. It just is. It is sad and it hurts and there is no way out. Things in life happen and when you feel like you are failing everyone around you it’s critical. People tell you or behave in ways that shut you out and make you feel worse than you already do. No one wants to be around someone they feel is constantly down.
Especially if they feel the depressed person isn’t doing anything, taking any action to dismantle it. Some people get it and most people just don’t want to be around it. It is like poverty or being poor, losing your job, people live in fear that it could be them, it could rub off and then what will those other people in their life think about them. It won’t be cool to be seen with or hang out with them anymore, and nobody wants to feel left out or ignored. It is easier to just isolate yourself or not talk about it with anyone. You are depressed so you are weird and people have a way of making you “wrong” for feeling that way. Instead of lending a hand and giving someone a shoulder or strong arm to lean on people cast you out.
New pop master. “Touring, I imagined it and then I unimagined it. It’s just not for me right now,” Sia boasted laughing. “Since I have decided to take care of me, and my own sanity and serenity, I’m going to start crying, life is so much better right now. I was at Target the other day buying a hose. My song was on the radio and nobody recognized me. So I guess my experiment is working. ”The songs she writes for the fabulous and famous may take her and her piano player 40 minutes to write. “There is a story or it makes us feel good or it makes is feel sad. I just lift these crap concepts off television and I’ve got a song.”
Family friend Colin Hay from the band Men at Work introduced Sia to Stevie Wonder. “He said I hope you are happy and successful in everything you do. And it has been. Sometimes I just have to pinch myself the success has been so good.”