Sunday, 8 March 2015
An interview with Jenny Boyd
Jenny Boyd is the author of ‘It’s Not only Rock ‘n’ Roll’, a book where she presents interviews with 75 musicians about how their creativity functions. Jenny works as a psychologist and addictions consultant in London. In her book, she wanted to understand how the minds and souls of the artists could create such great music.
Her own spiritual awakening first started when she was 18...
‘A tingling sensation rippled through my body, everything appearing crystal clear. I felt like a channel for the deeper parts of myself, as if I was watching myself from above. There was also a feeling of unity. My search for enlightenment had begun, I was now on a path from which I would often swerve but never leave.’
In 1967 she travelled with the Beatles to India to spend time with Maharishi Maheshi Yogi (her sister Pattie was going out with – and later married - George Harrison at the time). Here she learnt to meditate. She became a successful model in London, and later married Mick Fleetwood, the drummer in Fleetwood Mac.
‘After many years of being involved with everything that went along with rock ‘n’ roll, I decided to go to college and study psychology.’
In this interview, Jenny will talk about her own journey as well as the fascinating process she discovered about musicians creativity.
‘Peak experience can happen when the artist is totally in the here and now. A time of complete concentration that overtakes the mundane - the experience of eternity right here and now - by completely concentrating on the music, they are able to open themselves up – the result can be songs that come from nowhere.’
Iain McNay's complete interview with Jenny Boyd is now available here.