With the Opening Night of the new TINA Musical only a few days away, the musical team asked fans to share what TINA represented to them using the hashtag #MyTINA. I’d like to take this opportunity and the chance of having this blog to share a few elements of my story and define, the best I can, My TINA.
I’ve been a mediocre person most of my life. A disappointing son, a forgettable friend and an untrustworthy lover, it looks like sabotaging myself has always been a part of me. My future often seems dark and uncertain but there’s always been a bright light in this tortuous path… You guessed it, that light is TINA.
Which makes things even more pathetic when you realize that the only glimpse of hope for me is an inaccessible entity, adored by millions and who didn’t ask for all this. But that still is Hope.
Growing up lonely, I would find consolation and solace in TINA’s work and the energy needed to get on with my life. I can’t explain the phenomenon that happened to me when I first heard, at the age of 11, her voice singing the 1966 studio version of River Deep Mountain High but I can fairly say that it changed my life forever. Without knowing anything about her, I felt immediately connected to that unique, deep-earthy voice and there hasn’t been a day since then without TINA.
I’ve been trying to understand for years the true meaning of this adoration but I still haven’t found an answer hence this blog. There’s something more about TINA that touches me, deep inside. I could say that I am a fan because she is an incredible performer with a gobsmacking figure and a powerful voice who triumphantly survived a titanic life, that would not be enough.
But I do believe that one of the unconscious reason I became a fan of TINA was to lead me to some sort of spiritual knowledge thanks to the Beyond albums. I am not sure if I’ll ever be able to make peace with myself but this music is healing and it does work. Listening and practicing Mantras helps me a great deal during dark moments. The tone, the resonance, the depth of TINA’s voice is such that it does create an unexplainable sensation of well-being and hope. Now it is up to me to find out how to cultivate this feeling. Easier said than done but I’ll be forever grateful to TINA for showing me the way and for making me want to be a better person. TINA didn’t give up on Love and Life and so I won’t.