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Wed, 13th of February

A FULL scan of Annie Lennox’s letter to her 16 year old self as part of the Dear Me anthology, retrieved from editor Joseph Galliano’s personal blog.

Dear Ann,

You don’t realize it yet, but very soon the name “Ann” will become redundant.  Most people will call you Annie, and “Ann” will be a thing of the past.

Getting a place at the Royal Academy of Music is nothing to be sniffed at, but you’re going to be very unhappy there, and  spend the next three years feeling pretty miserable, lost, and confused.  You’re also going to cut a swathe through bedsit land every six months, and it’s not going to get much better….for years.

True… £3 a week isn’t much to live on.
Better get used to it though girl, it’s not going to improve much for a long time.

There are mainly “frogs” actually - almost totally.
Don’t bother thinking about kissing them.
They’ll still be frogs.

Stupid, selfish, idiotic, egocentric, arrogant, narcissistic, wanker frogs…. with almost no exceptions.

But, you know what?  You’re going to write a lot of songs about how miserable, sad, & confused that made you feel, and a lot of people will “get it” so you’ll survive it in the end.

You’ll never live in Scotland again, but you will travel the world and the seven seas in vans, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes.  You’ll make a lot of mistakes, and do a lot of things you’ll regret, but you will lead many interesting lives…. and you’ll go through a thousand shades of weather every day!

You will learn that EVERYTHING changes, and you’ll realize that “everything” is a certain kind of illusion in any case.

You’ll have massive gains and massive losses, and you’ll learn that bitterness only corrodes the vessel that it contains.

You’ll learn to love unconditionally…. (excluding the grenouilles!)

lots of love
from Annie


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    This was the catharsis I needed today. I think writing to 16-year-old Annie (or Lindsay as it was back then) is...
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