Sometimes ideas have strange beginnings. The idea for this blog was indeed strange. Of all things, it began as the result of a soccer competition with the band Muse. I was chosen to be the goalie for the competition, which involved Chris Wolstenholme and other members of the Muse entourage versus some lucky fans, myself included. Needless to say, I had a great time. So did my wife, who was my guest, and she wasn’t even a Muse fan before that night. Here’s a link to a video of the competition.
I had finished my poetry collection a few weeks before the Muse event, and was in the process of researching avenues to publish my poetry. It didn’t take me long to figure out that 99% of literary agents do not accept poetry. That weekend I celebrated the Muse event, and the upcoming culmination of the American version of football, with some rum. When I woke up, “The Past, Present, and Future” as a blog had been born…. When describing his writing process, Hunter S. Thompson once said he was a “binge writer.” You’ve got to love dual meanings. I suppose I’m a bit of a binge blogger. Definitely a strange beginning.
When it comes to the music of Muse, two of my favorite songs are “Uprising” and “Madness.” I selected “Madness” as this week’s influence for two reasons. Since writing and publishing this collection of poetry, I have definitely felt as though “some kind of madness has started to evolve.” Additionally, I have come to the conclusion that the past is the past, the future in unknown, the present is all that we get, and love is what we all need. In the end, I suppose that is what the whole collection is about. Anyway, thank you to everyone who has read this blog. Without you, I would have closed it down long ago…. Until next week, enjoy the “Madness” video below:
14 thoughts on “Musical Influence No. 2: “Madness””
Ooh, envy. I love Muse (and soccer, for that matter). Awesome.
I did have a great time, and I was very fortunate to be able to meet the band. Glad to hear you are a Muse, and soccer, fan.
Happy to find a Muse fan! Madness is a great song.. You sure are a lucky fan 🙂
I was very lucky. I suppose “every dog has his day.” Thanks for the comment.
how wonderful an experience and one you will keep inside for a lifetime:)
I did enjoy it immensely, and I hope to remember it for a long, long time. Thank you for your always delightful comments.
Thanks for sharing this story! I hadn’t heard that Thompson quote before; it’s a great one.
The Thompson quote came from an appearance that he did on the Letterman show in ’88. I stumbled across it recently, and thought that it would be a good addition to this post. Thanks for your comment.
Sounds awesome, the experience and the music of course, with a name like Wolstenholme, was it tempting to throw in there the “there are some people on the pitch….” line…it almost works!
It definitely was an awesome experience. I like your quote, it would have been a good edition. Thank you for your comment.
Wow – you got to meet the members of Muse – exciting day! 😀 I love quite a lot of Muse, but somehow haven’t heard this one, it escaped me somehow – brilliant song! 🙂
It was an exciting day. I love Muse too, and I had a great time that night. Thank you for your wonderful comment.
Thanks for sharing!
That’s what I do. I’m glad that you liked this one.