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Nick Cave explains how he continues to stay honest


Nick Cave has revealed in his latest edition of the Red Hand Files how he manages to stay honest in his day to day life.

The Bad Seeds frontman deals with a number of emotive topics in his Red Hand Files project with him seldom holding back, the Australian singer has used it as a forum to openly discuss his grieving process for his son, for example, and the latest offering sees him be as candid as ever.

“Honesty is simply a declaration of one’s own vulnerability — it is its keen, bright edge — and my own vulnerability and the vulnerability of others became, in the end, a kind of shared armour,” he wrote in the piece. “I learned that, ultimately, our own truth and sense of self is all any of us have. We are enough if we could only allow ourselves to be.”

Cave then went on to discuss the exhaustion that comes with trying to keep up appearances, adding: “Deception, artifice and keeping up appearances took up too much energy — I didn’t have the stamina for my own pretence and little patience for it in others.”

He also revealed that he reads through about 50 questions from fans every day and said it has become “an essential part of my daily work” and how a “particular question always leaps out” which provides him with the muse for his next essay.

The singer declared: “I feel at home among these questions, exalted and protected by them, It is an absolute honour to be a part of this undertaking, whatever it is and wherever it may lead.”

Read his poignant essay in full here.