Rick Springfield

For birthdays it isn't unusual for our kids to ask for live concerts instead of tangible gifts. Last year for our daughter, it was Katy Perry and for our son, Justin Timberlake. Music has been an essential part of our daily lives so it is only natural that we have shared that love with our children.
She is the best actress of our generation, perhaps of any generation. She has won three Academy Awards and eight Golden Globes, among her iconic performances. But even the best of us make bad choices.
The musician and actor said his ego "got the better" of him with "Hard To Hold."
Jonathan Demme's Ricki and the Flash is one of those near-misses that feels as though a lot of discussion went into the rationale behind every wrong-headed decision. 
What is it about Rick that made his career continue on, despite his demons, to have such consistent creative output after all these years? I decide to ask the man himself. I get his email address from mom to ask for a chat, to which he kindly replies, "when's good for you?"
Ken Sharp, who I met through this column, has sent me something like five books. I've dug them all enough to write 'em up. What can I tell you, oy, he's done it again.