Melody & Mental Illness: The Tragic Story of Badfinger

Jean Dubuffet’s creation of the term ‘art brut’ in 1945

When I read Claire Maree’s October 10, 2006 article Melody & Mental Illness: The Outsider Musician & Artist, I was moved on so many levels.

In the case of Badfinger’s Pete Ham, who’s suicide note words “I will not be allowed to love and trust everybody. This is better,” revealed a tortured soul, I could not help but wonder if there was indeed something to the concept of the outside musician and artist.  Is there indeed a creative insanity that simultaneously propels artistic creativity and self-destructive tendencies?  After all, Ham had shown growing signs of mental illness in the months leading up to his suicide, including burning cigarettes out on his hands and arms.

This behaviour have led many to conclude that Ham suffered from deliberate self-harm “DSH,” which experts link to a condition known as “dopamine receptor supersensitivity” resulting from early childhood abuse in which there were negligent parent-child interactions (including minimal touch, talk, and play), that may actually alter neurons that process dopamine in the brain.

Given the band’s close ties to the Beatles and the fact that Badfinger was considered by many to be the the heir apparent to the Fab Four, the real question is whether Ham would have possessed the music creativity that propelled him to such a lofty height of recognition without the illness?

Joining me on May 4th at 9:00 PM EDT to talk about Pete Ham and the Outsider Artist and Musician concept, is the personal counsellor to some of America’s biggest Hollywood stars and executives Lisa Haisha, who is the originator of the unique and powerful counselling approach known as “Soul Blazing.”

Lisa Haisha

About Lisa:

Lisa Haisha is the personal counselor to some of America’s biggest Hollywood stars and executives. She is also the originator of the unique and powerful counseling approach known as “Soul Blazing.”

Haisha’s client list reads like a “Who’s Who” of America’s Hollywood elite and includes actors, writers, and directors involved with hits like ER, Party of Five, CSI Miami, Two and a Half Men, Twin Peaks, The Bold and the Beautiful, 90210, and blockbuster movies like Pulp Fiction, Mr. Holland’s Opus, Batman, and numerous others.

The Founder of the Soul Blazing Sanctuary in Sherman Oaks, California, Lisa’s monthly weekend and quarterly five-day workshops have been attended by leading Hollywood elite and individuals seeking transformation change. Lisa Haisha’s international Soul Blazing retreats have also been held in Tanzania, Peru, and Costa Rica. Her highly sought after keynote speeches have been delivered to corporate and private groups on multiple continents and elite cruise lines, such as Crystal Cruises.

Lisa’s Book:

To memorialize the whispers from each child’s heart, in 2005 Lisa, along with illustrator Tim Huhn, published Whispers from Children’s Hearts. The book’s launch was a quiet one; Lisa’s goal was merely to preserve the voices and truths of the children she had counseled who had made such an impression on her. To honor the parents’ requests, and out of respect for their privacy and safety, Lisa did not use the children’s last names or photos in the book, and only photos of children that gave her permission appear on this site. Individual identities are not important in any case; the children in the book represent children everywhere.

“I simply give you their hearts,” writes Lisa, “for they were the heart of my journeys around the globe. Enjoy and learn from their surprising thoughts, and share them with the little people in your life.”

The Whispers Foundation is Born

Despite the book’s quiet release, copies soon began circulating among Lisa’s friends, Hollywood clients, and educators. That’s when Lisa began receiving unsolicited and enthusiastic endorsements from actors, national speakers, and bestselling authors:

  • “An amazing insight to the world we live in.” — Robert Allen, Author & Motivational Speaker
  • “Read this book and hear your heart whisper.” — Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul series
  • “[This book] touches the inner ear of those willing to listen…These are whispers that long to have a voice.” — Ben Vereen, Entertainer & Motivational Speaker

Use the following link to learn more about The Whisper From Children’s Hearts Foundation.


One Response to “Melody & Mental Illness: The Tragic Story of Badfinger”
  1. segmation says:

    HI Lisa,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, especially on mental illness.Check out my blog at and thanks for approving this comment.

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