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: