Interview: Susan Ferrara
Editor: Lisa Murphy
Read how the music and lyrics of Third Eye Blind has brought comfort to her during hard times in her life.
When a song can bring you to tears, that is healing. Sometimes I feel like the song I’m listening to was written just for me...
Lisa Murphy: Third eye blind fans are all ages,some are brand new and some have been there since the beginning, how long have you been in the blind?
Susan Ferrara: I’ve been in the "blind" for 20 years, 1997 was a rough year for me and 3EB came into my life. Self titled became my obsession, my passion, and my first real real love for a band.
LM: So many people have made a true friendships through third eye blind and their music I know that includes you. any new besties from this year?
SF: 2018 started off wonderful! I attended the show in DC. I’ve met some of you online but not in person. In DC I met Ryan, Ashley, and Bridgette from 3EBLifeStyle and Sandi and Cody from 3EB Bonfire. All fantastic people with great smiles and love for our band.
LM: What is the greatest thing that being a fan has brought into your life?
SF: The greatest thing that Third Eye Blind has brought into my life has been the comfort of their music during super hard times in my life. The beautiful lyrics bring you to a high and a low with each song that you seek out for comfort. Sometimes I feel like the song I’m listening to was written just for me. When a song can bring you to tears, that is healing. I really wonder if the band knows how much therapy their music has provided for their fans?
LM: What has been your best 3EB show and why?
SF: I would have to say that would be DC this year for sure. It was the first concert I traveled to alone since being diagnosed with anxiety and depression. The trip had its downfalls such as traffic, confusing road detours, and closings. I suffered a mild anxiety attack before the show and almost didn’t make it. Bridgette Colson had offered to come help me, she is really a gem and super sweet for offering to help. I was able to calm myself down with a prescribed Xanax, deep breathing and thinking of the money I spent to see my favorite band. It would have been a shame to miss it because of mental health issues. Sometimes I get so frightened I can’t go out in public, it’s part of anxiety and it really sucks because I really want to be social. I made it into the venue and through the crowd and to the rails where Bridgette, Ashley and Ryan were. I hugged everyone and then I heard her! With a raspy, sweet, Italian, NY accent she yelled, “OMG Suuuusan!” It was Sandi Schorr from 3EB Bonfire. She pulled me over and said, "you’re so tiny, you’ll fit in here, c’mon!” She gave me some of her space on the rail!! We enjoyed the concert together loudly singing out lyrics, shoving our clapsed hands in the air, almost crying, and bonding like 3EB fans only can. We were right in front of Kryz. It was truly an amazing night .
LM: How far have you traveled to see the band?
SF: From the east coast of NC, which is home, to Boise, Idaho. My best friend of 25 years, Kristina, bought us tickets to the 'Fall Of The Summer Gods' Tour on November 11, 2017. She paid for everything. It was my 50th Birthday gift from her. I love that girl!
LM: What does living a 3EB lifestyle mean to you?
SF: Living a 3EB Lifestyle, to me, means this...
LM: What is your favorite line of the mission statement?
SF: That would definitely be “ we seek impact with friends “
LM: What is it about 3EB that makes you such a fan?
SF: I love this band from the minute I heard their first song 'Semi-Charmed Life. ' I bought the album and fell hard. It’s very hard to pick one or two things that I could highlight. You know they love what they do for us as listeners and fans. I think the biggest turn on from this band is the energy in the music, the slickness of the magic man’s voice, the melodies sweetly playing behind it, and the persuasive drum beats daring you to get up and move your body. "An open invitation to the dance happenstance set the vibe that we’re in."
LM: What is your hometown? Next time 3EB is in town, what should they see and why would they like it?
SF: Currently my hometown is on the east coast of North Carolina, the Outer Banks to be exact. I live on an actual island where most of the outer banks, north of Cape Hatteras, come off of the Virginia peninsula. It’s that line in the most eastern part of the state. We basically live on a sandbar here. Definitely a summer town with lots of tourists and chaos. There are many great places to eat. The locals are very laid-back. There are wonderful bike trails, since the guys love riding their bikes! Beautiful women, green flash sunsets and hot pink sunrises...oh and did I mention dirty barrels to surf? This area of the Atlantic Ocean is considered the graveyard of the Atlantic, so we have a lot of great museums. Also this area is famously known for the Lost Colony. Orville and Wilbur Wright made history with the first flight of an airplane, the monument that commemorates this is very close to where I live.
LM: What is your favorite song to hear live and why?
SF: Hands down, 'God of Wine'. This song set my attitude after 'Semi- Charmed Life.' It was my anthem and has continued to be my favorite throughout the decades. I’ve seen it live several times. I know he wrote it for his mom, who recently passed. My sincere condolences to Stephan and his family. He sings it so brilliantly, so vibrantly, a very powerful song indeed