With my Eyes Wide Open by Brian Welch with Carol Traver
With my Eyes Wide Open chronicles the story of Brian “Head” Welch, band member of the nu metal band Korn, from his success touring with the band, to his head long plunge into drugs, alcohol, and broken relationships. Finally, at the edge of the abyss, Brian was lead into the arms of Jesus Christ, and his life has not been the same.
After the divorce, Brian tried to start his life over in the sunny town of Bakersfield where he grew up, along with his daughter Jennea. And yet, after leaving Korn, Brian never left the call to make music, it’s something that stayed with him. After a few heated discussions regarding pets in the house, Jennea and Brian settled down into their nice home, without the slightest notion that trouble was on the way. From early on, Edgar was Brian’s front man who sought to get him contracts, investors, and those who would support Brian, but after so many failed promises Brian was done. It was only after Edgar was out of the picture that the reality of what Edgar had been doing sunk in, Edgar had been using Brian’s leftover money from Korn to pay for everything from plane tickets to studio fees.
After filing for bankruptcy, Brian started touring with Jennea and had the IRS off his back finally. What was constant in this story was Brian’s willingness to invest his life into his daughter’s growing up years. What was so disappointing in this book was the seemingly unending pages of someone making the same bad decisions over and over again, I didn’t find much in the way of wisdom there.
Thanks to BookLookBloggers for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.