After more than 20 years of solo success and playing in one of the most popular bands in the post-grunge era, Rob Thomas knows how fortunate he is to be doing something he loves. Currently on Matchbook Twenty’s “A Brief History of Everything” tour with co-headliners Counting Crows, Rob says when he plays a show, he reminds himself that it is a privilege to live out his dreams in front of adoring fans night in and night out.
“We’re there because we are lucky enough that these people decided to spend their night with us. We try and make every night about giving them an experience that we’re all sharing together,” he says. “You try and look at it that way, and I think always being aware of how badly things could have turned out makes me thankful for it every night, realizing that this is probably one of the best jobs in theworld.”
From the tumultuous ups and downs he experienced throughout his life, the happily married Grammy Award winner reflects on where he’s been, where he’s going and where he wants to be, expressing his gratitude along the way.
Live Happy: Who taught you the most about happiness?
I read The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama years ago, and it said that pleasure is not happiness. I think the idea of just realizing the difference between those two things will make you a happier person. So, this very nice, famous man whom I’ve never met had a lot to do with helping me.
Here in my home. We live 45 minutes outside New York City up in the suburbs. It’s horse country up here, so in the summer we love grabbing a glass of wine and sitting outside on the porch as the sun’s setting. We’ll play some music and just kind of go over our day, my wife and I. That’s the safest place in the world.
Gerry Strauss is a journalist who specializes in entertainment and pop culture. He wrote the Live Happy cover story on Ming-Na Wen.