By Tonya Clanton
“It’s the beautiful that saves me,” sings songwriter David Wilcox on his new album, “The View from the Edge.” Wilcox was interviewed by Dr. Bob Hanna on the “Living Well” show on May 6 and weaved the background stories of his songs with studio performances. He shared heartfelt moments from his personal life along with the life lessons he has learned over a musical career spanning several decades.
Wilcox explains that in a turbulent world we can all “look at the choices that [we] have” and ask, “How do we keep our life energized to be part of the good?” He describes a tender moment with his wife when they were embracing outside a cafe while an annoying police helicopter hovered overhead, nearly ruining the atmosphere:
“The natural reaction when surrounded by ambient anger would be to run for cover, but my wife is more spiritually evolved than me, and she holds my face in her two hands and she briefly looks up with this dismissive look at that ambient anger and tenderly kisses me. And I thought, ‘This is what I want to live. I want to live this choice…to love bravely.’ This is the time to get out and know your neighbors and know your town, to feel like you have this courage of knowing who you are and knowing that the force of our love and connection is somehow stronger than all this.”
According to Wilcox, he keeps returning to Asheville because he feels “nurtured and held by these mountains. I feel like there is something so kind about this land, and I love the upheaval. Asheville has this wild…powerful, revolutionary feel to it. I love the whole energy of this place.”
Wilcox is preparing to host his “Wilcox Weekend 9” gathering at nearby Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, NC which draws musicians and non-musicians together to explore creativity, community and a “desire to live with an open heart.” He will also be performing at the White Horse in Black Mountain on Sunday, May 12 with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Jean Rohe.
Listen to the full interview here: