in the early 1980s, teenage girls around the world fantasized about marrying Rick Springfield. That possibility disappeared in 1984 when he got married (35 years ago tomorrow). However, although it’s not an option to get married TO Rick Springfield, a couple has gotten married BY Rick Springfield.
When RS mentioned at a recent concert that he is now ordained to officiate at weddings and was going to marry his guitarist George Nastos, I thought he was joking and replayed the video (it was posted on FB) a couple more times to make sure I heard it correctly.
As discovered after some RS sleuthing on social media, he wasn’t joking. This past week, he officiated at the wedding of Nastos and his beautiful bride, which was held in the backyard of the Springthorpes’ Malibu home.
Best wishes to the newlyweds, may they have a happy life together! (And Happy Anniversary to the Springthorpes!)
Providing inspiration in St. Louis
A few days before the wedding, RS performed a few Stripped Down shows with Richard Marx and after the wedding, he headed to St. Louis, where he was the keynote speaker at a Missouri Coalition for Community Behavioral Healthcare conference. He shared his personal experience about living with depression and provided inspiration and encouragement for those who are suffering with it.
Our CEO, @SaraMHowe, interviews @rickspringfield to close out a wonderful #MOILBHCON19! Thank you Rick for your honesty and bravery in sharing your story of depression and resilience! pic.twitter.com/JmAsxUHKTC— IABH (@IABH_1967) October 25, 2019
Providing support in Canada
If being a rock star who officiates at weddings and inspires others by sharing his challenges isn’t enough awesomeness for one post, he also lent his song “Saint Sahara” from the “Venus in Overdrive” album to an annual Childhood Cancer Canada fundraiser for childhood cancer that his good friends Shantelle and Yannick Bisson are involved with.
It’s so heart-wrenching to think of the loss of all these beautiful children and what their families must have gone through. Each picture represents a heartbreaking loss for a family. (To learn more about Sahara, click here.)
Although life can be distressing and challenging at times, it’s comforting to know that there is also a great deal of beauty and goodness out there in the world, too, with people working to bring light into the world and helping others.