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playing and being able to do and say anything in a role that’s really not you. I get the same kind of charge after finishing a scene I feel like I nailed as I do after writing a song.” Last year, Springfield pushed his creative boundaries even farther with the release of his first fiction novel and New York Times Best Seller Magnificent Vibration. “Being a journalist was the first thing I ever wanted to be,” Springfield says. “So, putting out more avenues out there and trying my hand as a writer wasn’t as big as a sidestep as some people might have thought.” HIS WELL-BEING Long ago, the now 65-year-old Springfield realized the importance of keeping in shape both physically and mentally. So whether running across the stage with a guitar swung around his neck or stopping to spend some cherished quiet time with his family, Springfield continues in his attempt to live life as well as he can. “I have always been able to keep in relatively good shape thanks to all the aerobic stuff I end up doing on stage,” remarks Springfield, who also practices meditation and visualization. “But I really started watching what I ate when I was 25 years old, just around the time my dad got sick. (Springfield’s father died in 1981) I have read a lot of books on the good and bad of eating, and on the road it can be tough in certain towns getting the requirements you need. It’s a major part of our lives to put fuel in our bodies if you want your body to perform at the best of its capability.” HIS FUTURE Living a well-fed physical and emotional life continues to spur Springfield to create new music to this day. He started work on the recording of a brand new album earlier this year. “I thought it was a great way to start the New Year,” says Springfield of the new project that will include 15 new songs. “I feel like it’s the best record that I have ever done. It’s definitely a rather positive record. I actually write from a rather dark place due to the depression…I mean, that’s what I do with my depression. But this time around, I seem to have made the most positive record I have ever done. It’s about time I think.” And while Springfield says he tries not to look too far into the future, one only needs to look as far as his mom to see that he has some mighty good genes to live up to. “She has balls for days. But she is amazing,” says Springfield of his mother. “She still lives in the same house I grew up in. She takes care of herself and her friends and me sometimes. She is someone I will forever look up to.” Rick Springfield at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony at Hollywood Boulevard on May 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA. DENTON COUNTY Living Well Magazine | SPRING 2015 31