• Adj: thrown into a state of intense fear or desperation; examples: "became panicky as the snow deepened", "felt panicked before each exam", "trying to keep back the panic-stricken crowd", "the terrified horse bolted"
• Adj: made afraid; examples: "the frightened child cowered in the corner", "too shocked and scared to move"
If we take the generally accepted definition of bravery as a quality which knows no fear, I have never seen a brave man. All men are frightened. The more intelligent they are, the more they are frightened.
I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really.
These names: gay, queer, homosexual are limiting. I would love to finish with them. We're going to have to decide which terms to use and where we use them. For me to use the word "queer" is a liberation; it was a word that frightened me, but no longer.
It took me way beyond what I knew, into places of which I was totally scared, but as I became less frightened, I welcomed new ways of thinking and approaching something. It made me an infinitely richer person, and I think a better musician.