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Now if you now that this weekend it's hard weekend.
-- is Valentine's Day now if you are in a relationship and you didn't know that take yourself outside right now in your bare feet -- -- -- snow.
I just feel the pain for a minute.
Consume these things I don't know I don't make such a big deal about Valentine's Day you're get married like six and a half months -- it bigger around her counsel for the whole weekend.
It's a whole weekend yeah.
Marriage you kind of want to set the stage but on the right guy should write -- a flood of Al -- -- hard.
All all -- -- you can't do that because if you're getting married -- humans and you -- Valentine's -- -- like a big old neon sign.
-- -- -- -- So -- good luck with that at my favorite -- by the way mountaineering.
In the house today we appreciate that -- -- Cobb.
Is the author of the book crazy heart I don't know if you saw the movie -- actually got the book.
And we all know whatever -- not bring in this is what I'm reading right now a busy week.
By the way because -- all this other stuff I still haven't finished game change that's my goal this weekend and next week.
And it talk about it a lot it's really interesting but just look at all of that from our crazy heart and if -- had a tough time settling down.
He's just -- go and in every which direction.
Thomas Cobb apparently knows how you feel good morning -- good morning.
It's so good to have you crazy heart of course we know it because -- motion picture.
And -- -- a couple of Golden Globes recently didn't it did Jeff bridges has won the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild.
And it won the that song and gotten -- You know -- things that we really kind it's great so that we agree that we -- kind the weary kind and I know Jeff Bridges plays.
Bad bad -- yet that that's the bad.
Bad Blake is the main character.
In the book and I have not seen the movie I'm still of the ilk -- read the book through the -- second.
A lot of people like to see the movie and then read the book -- -- people -- movie first yeah.
Their -- -- -- use feel like the movie doesn't tell the entire story is really have two hours right.
That are virtually you've seen the movie picture book -- think they did.
They did a great job.
Did you work on the movie and now.
I had I had absolutely nothing when you walked into the theater you're like okay hitter Vance -- -- they do right.
Any major -- so you know yeah exactly got I very remodeled my house so.
I've been having what you think Jeff Bridges as bad oh it's just it's just right on.
What -- right.
Right after right after that.
I went back and read the book for some actually read the -- I mean I wrote it.
And I edited it and but I never sat down and as -- -- -- there so I read it on my way to Hollywood for the premiere.
And I couldn't see the bad Blake that would have been in my mind when I wrote it.
I could we see Jeff.
Mean just I'm just in habits that role.
He's absolutely perfect well he got a Golden Globe for his performance best actor and now people are wondering what that would mean.
As we approach the next big.
Will be Academy Awards from the -- big recognition point you mentioned the director screen.
The screen after Screen Actors -- yeah -- -- -- SGA but -- the Oscars it's the -- that is really patient and do you think how do you think.
Then he'll do I mean will they Lotta competition he's got a lot of competition.
Both he and Maggie have have a lot of competition.
Isn't moving Maggie Gyllenhaal -- harm she's wonderful.
When OK let's get right down to it the reason that we have Thomas -- on the program today.
Because we'd love to have him any time.
Is because it's Valentine's Day eve eve.
If it's in two -- and this is all about love -- it's all about what love can do it to change not just.
Your heart -- -- whole quarks and life line tell me about bad Blake.
Well that Blake.
Is a 56 year old country and western singer.
He's had a huge career.
And but that career has sort of gone by him and she's now under on the road touring by himself who -- man.
And playing bowling alleys and borrowers.
And she goes to Santa Fe, New Mexico where he is interviewed by a reporter.
And they make a connection and -- she's single mother with a four year old son.
And that's played by Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Plays wonderfully but won't live.
-- which these characters we were so rich forcible.
Having worked in.
Media and and possibly someone entertainment I guess because I consider anything and -- big -- for one -- -- it's -- Five minutes probably entertainment as well one night.
I -- that that there is still in this business.
For most of us not all but for most of us.
A point where the business this kind of looks at us with those were done with you.
What is it could be your -- it could be your skill set it could be.
You know whatever made you hot twenty years ago makes you cool today but.
Not a good fit right like you're just -- I'm in for the business kind of spit you out.
And I can't imagine -- my news my breaking news gig plane -- I got.
And that was breaking news story.
But -- some of the places he goes to our -- since he never would have even playing when he was big time right.
-- humbling it is it is.
I'm -- a few years ago I saw a moment she's -- but I saw another big act from.
About twenty years ago.
Playing a bar and Providence pan.
He was very upset because it was bar people were talking with here they're glasses clinking and he kept saying.
I'm not a bar band and I can think that's a -- -- You are now.
And that's what happens to you and to.
That's what happens -- bad but you know there's always have hope that you can turn -- you can you can make another run.
You can you can get on the big stage again and that's what parents trying to do.
That's got -- it's a significant problem in that he.
Drinks and he drinks a lot and it for the trouble he entered he -- until a lot of -- hearing.
He's going through a period in his life where he used to go -- vendors and in and go out literally in cadillacs and come back Greyhound bus because he gave the -- Or sold the Cadillac for.
Money to buy more drinks.
So when he did this woman in this is where the Valentine's Day element -- and only about.
The spark -- about just that that change what love can do.
Well he suddenly.
-- in for the life that he messed she's got a four year old son.
And he makes an immediate bond with the four year old son.
-- is just wonderful and in the movie.
And he has a -- and he has a son that he is now twenty years old and he hasn't seen.
In 24 years will so at his son was being -- Right the last time he thought -- have the little boy and he realizes.
That while he was being a star he missed -- -- And certainly with this new woman -- credit and her -- but he.
Here's a possibility to go back and regain his answers trying to regain its life -- gains career and you do.
He works hard at it.
And what their connection.
Like what this.
I get what he sees in her but what's -- it for her -- all washed out and basically an outlaw the way acts right.
Well he's he's at heart.
A good man he's made a lot of bad decisions in his life.
He's got problems with with alcohol pan tees.
Has a tendency not to trust people.
But she sees through that she sees that down inside this -- -- You know I'm a good man with a with a good heart.
Who has his own worst enemy.
And she thinks maybe that -- and you.
Hang on to him and and bring him along.
She understands how desperately he wants to.
Change come back.
By the -- the little boy who plays her -- body is named Jack nation can you see my screen at all.
It's still broken okay he is just adorable little -- Nathan who plays buddy.
Just delicious actors are in this you.
Why the title did it was originally when I wrote that he was my eight.
dissertation University of Houston and -- Finishes and the title bad dreams.
There's a lot of dreaming that goes on the book and Donald -- -- -- I decided that it wasn't going to work so.
I just kept going through this list of songs -- was -- for song lyrics and it's a wonderful poem song that it's written by Wesley rose.
Recorded by Hank Williams called -- part.
Going and break you -- part.
And it just seemed like the perfect -- -- their permission of aliens.
Actually don't have heat get the permission to use titles titles can become did you read and -- -- going to be.
Well and used another song p.'s permission I got permission for another song from a -- roads.
So -- a song called to.
-- -- Didn't yeah which has -- but what about the story of crazy heart do you think.
Should resonate with people is as they celebrate this Valentine's Day what about love.
Love is is everything -- -- love is what really defines your life.
All of the other things.
Are kind of incidental.
To -- the only thing that really.
-- matters in your life is this connections that you made with other people.
No matter you know what you do how much money you -- with become famous -- It's ultimately.
The people around you who were going.
We're going to be there were -- -- life.
And for -- the chance at 56.
To fall -- -- yeah.
-- The great opportunity -- And and he does well and he does start to move his life in.
Doesn't believe -- well yeah oh yeah.
-- Country music is is is all about -- sometimes sometimes.
The -- -- You know we say -- -- people say it would you know we don't you have to.
I could not but we do -- love and and we do do.
The hard parts well.
It's not always easy.
Country music reminds you that there's some there's always some pain involved.
It just isn't it -- about you -- I understand you grow up in Tucson ideas.
And that has been born -- and you suddenly boom down there we go all the time we we love it I -- that sort of western.
-- -- and so you go to Arizona you don't even understand what planet you live on the East Coast now I can we.
But that sort of western natured never really -- you because those -- the formative years that you spent in southern Arizona.
Is that -- attraction to writing about those particulars on or is that the music end of it.
Well at the time I had I had been a country music journalist that was written for small music -- -- -- to -- music journalist yes.
That's like a nice career change and editor -- Breaking news I think I think music about what I -- good -- right away.
Yet he might he might be able to I haven't done for quite well so I don't.
This field is Miley Cyrus -- -- the.
Fingers -- I think music ya he can ruin your -- the same time.
Nothing you'll writing for.
So is ready for a magazine called -- -- -- OK yes I was doing.
Country their country western.
Writing and well I actually saw one of my heroes.
Who have been huge in the fifties and sixties Hank Thompson.
Opening up for.
A more modern country star.
And he was backed by a band of my friends and we're just found out two days before that they were gonna back him.
And it is that this is this is just so sad because this guy's huge it's great great talent and Thompson's that's one of the greats country music.
And that sort of set in motion the idea of -- parts of what it means to be.
A major talent and is being house -- it's done.
Are you married I am here.
And followed him in there.
Going on 23 years do you have a Corey -- yes -- do it.
I mean we all have a crazy heart what does it mean.
The lyrics are crazy heart are yeah I knew.
From you couldn't win right from the start go ahead and break you -- -- that it's always a gamble.
You know when you meet somebody.
And you fall in love.
You've taken enormous gamble I mean you show them everything this is who I am.
Well if you're successful Latin well yeah if you don't I mean you're not you're not actually doing it.
But when you do that you know you're putting yourself out -- -- your heart broken.
You know there has to be that Campbell you're not gambling -- you know.
Keeping your cards close to your best you're not doing here you know that's not the way it works.
Out there just.
Take that risk that this has been hurt and there's actually.
A song that it's not in the movie writes in the book called.
Is this gonna -- Witches.
-- of worry that.
This maker he knows.
That it's not as good oracle -- that this could this could really be off.
Entering into this relationship with -- -- -- why.
The odds are stacked against him and he's 56 years old.
He doesn't make a lot of money he lives in Houston shoes sent today -- for good reason yeah he doesn't have you know we don't have the resources to go back and more to go back and forth he's got to stay there.
He knows the odds stacked against -- he knows that.
He's got to give up alcohol in -- And giving up drinking -- extraordinary.
Now we're giving him any addictions right no matter how ridiculous but it worked and -- -- -- hear everything the right well you know what stories are always about giving.
One thing that you love for something that you benefit through -- that is kind of via.
That the natural flow of a love story it is it is each character what you know what do I have to sacrifice to look -- right.
Yeah -- Romeo and Juliette they have -- they just.
Keep kicking up the state should have to give up this wouldn't have to give -- this -- and finally have to give up your life.
Yeah and and they do and they do -- to create lots.
Well Thomas Cobb author of crazy heart let's pop that up so everybody can see it it's being looked at.
Well it's one Golden Globes in movie form that you see Jeff Bridges on the cover there.
It's being looked at -- far beyond.
What it is because people want to know what's next for Thomas -- Another book.
Another book yeah I have one out right now have another when I'm working on OK I have got now called -- tail shaped tail right.
An army term for an inexperienced -- And then it became term for.
So was it a military it's the US army and 1871.
And then Europe and southern Arizona and then your yearbook that to working on right now is caught it's -- -- working title of blood in their -- and know that elections be called out I'm done with it.
It's about it it's a nonfiction novel but it sounds like this happens in prison 1918.
When some lawmen went up to -- -- A couple of Brothers for Kraft division one that sounds like I let people don't mean there was -- -- -- -- one girl like a Brad Pitt is.
Matt Damon -- I confuses two Brothers -- -- us via.
Yet yet you kind of -- in the movie kind of away.
We don't know what the west lends itself to that -- because we all love the old kind of and that's what I love about both southern Arizona.
Is it still looks -- tumble -- by our house right.
It's really -- felt yeah that yeah.
But but you know there weren't trouble we sit in the old west -- they came in the early early nineteen hundreds in Russia.
Now let's tumbleweed of Russia yeah if -- going to be a all right Thomas -- thank you so very much for coming by the strategy and I hope you'll come back -- your other -- crazy heart the next book is shaped tail right and the next one has a working title but.
I'll let you know what happens with that go out and pick it up it is.
And it's a good Valentine's Day.
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