While we wait to see if Steve Perry will play any shows in support of his new album, Traces, he did make a public appearance on April 11th, taking part in a panel discussion at the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.
During the annual Pop Con gathering, he was on the Going Up Yonder: How Music Makers and Writers Confront Loss and Grief panel, which makes sense, given that some of the songs on Traces are about the 2012 death of his girlfriend.
Perry said that he is a "pretty melancholy kind of guy. I kind of live in a melancholy state all the time. For me, is that too much sadness? I don't know. It does keep me centered, it keeps me in the moment. Am I a depressive guy? I don't know, I call it melancholy. I write music that I think speaks from that place."
He also talked about how he dealt with his girlfriend's death. "I sought professional help to really learn how to grieve, because I didn't know how. The professional I was going to said, 'You need to cherish the grief.'
"I said, 'I'm tired of crying.' And he said, 'If you cherish the grief that you're in right now, there will come a time where you won't be able to access it as deeply. And...you'll be glad you did.' That's just been my experience. Everybody wants to pull out of it and get back to normal. I wanted just to move on. Now I'm so grateful that I didn't."
The full panel discussion has bee posted on MoPOP's YouTube page.