Interlude 4

        With my poetry and musical influences now in the past, it is time to look to the future.  I’m very excited for my upcoming film and book influences, as they will shed the most light on the little project that I call “A New Beginning…”.  Interestingly enough, I recently dreamt up a major plot twist for “A New Beginning…”.  That plot twist, of course, came after I ran into a major roadblock.  It’s funny how that works (sometimes you get what you need after all)….  Needless to say, I’m excited to continue traveling through the tunnel of light that is the writing process.

        As my vision narrows, and the tunnel surrounds me, my focus has turned toward reaching a new milestone.  That being the case,  I’ve decided to take a short break from this blog.  I’m guessing 2 to 3 weeks should just about do it (or, perhaps, I’ll need 17 days, but I digress…).

        In the meantime, I will leave you on a playful note: Traveling through the dark for an eternity, I achieved great satisfaction while reading the tales of Trojans in The Illiad and Shakespearean lines such as “All the World’s a Stage”; yet it’s more than a feeling that madness has led me on this radioactive journey to the road not taken.  You have to have a little fun every now and again.  Otherwise, what’s the point?  Anyway, I’ll be back in a few short weeks.

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Photo by Elizabeth McCullough

Musical Influence No. 1 “More Than a Feeling”

        A long time ago, I heard someone say “it’s easier to swim downstream, than upstream.”  That statement was based on the idea that we need to find the things in life that we are good at doing, and let them carry us downstream.  That, of course, is much easier than constantly fighting the current.  I suppose, though, it all depends on where the stream is headed; as it’s always a good idea to swim away from waterfalls….  Boston’s song “More Than A Feeling” reminds me of this philosophy, and consequently has greatly influenced my writing.  I’m sure I’ve heard the song many, many times, but it was only a few years ago that I made the connection.  I suppose you might say:

“I looked out this morning and the sun was gone
Turned on some music to start my day
I lost myself in a familiar song
I closed my eyes and I slipped away”.

        After making the connection, I decided that writing was one of the things in life that I was good at doing (or, at the very least, enjoy doing).  Not long after, I started writing my collection of poetry.  Since that day, I have to admit, I’ve had the feeling that I’m flowing downstream instead of upstream.  As it turns out, though, occasional rapids are impossible to avoid.  Fortunately, I’m used to them now.  No one is perfect, nor is the world, and occasional bumps are to be expected.  It is easier to deal with them, though, when you’re facing the right direction.  Even then, however, you should never underestimate the value of proper training.

        One of my favorite poems, “The Cool Morning Air,” deals with a similar theme.  On the surface, the poem appears to deal with the morning waking process.  Going deeper, though, the poem addressed the awakening of one’s consciousness.  Through this awakening process, the hidden path, or the current you are meant to follow, becomes visible.  I recently wrote another poem that dives deeper into this idea.  That poem, though, is an integral part of “A New Beginning…”, so I can’t discuss it yet.  In the meantime, I leave you with these words from Boston:

“It’s more than a feeling
(More than a feeling)
When I hear that old song they used to play
(More than a feeling)
I begin dreaming
(More than a feeling)
‘Til I see Marianne walk away
I see my Marianne walkin’ away”.