Inspiration and Interview!

As you may or may to know, a lot of people were writing a lot of words recently.

Though they weren’t a lot compared to others, I wrote some too.

Despite the November 1 start, the story began germinating back in early February.

A small poll was posted on this very site to give you, the reader, the choice of what I should write next after the completion of a previous project. The people spoke with my currently AWOL but not forgotten project, but a retweet of the poll led to other things.

The wonderful Anneque Malchien put the poll up on her own site. After some to-and-fro about what to write, she made the fateful suggestion.

The Extremely Elaborately Named Secret Project (which cannot be divulged due to its *spoiler alert* nature) lay dormant for a time, the Real World doing what it does best by throwing things at you for you to address. You know, interviews, jobs, general mental fatigue, sports…

et cetera et cetera et cetera!

In late August, Anneque and I began discussing the EENSP and how we wanted to go about it. Several enlightening online conversations, coupled with historical studies and associated cultural concepts, we got the skeleton of our trilogy laid out.

My big mouth suggested we should make it a NaNoWriMo project. Anneque would write Book 1 of the series, while I would write Book 2. When we finished, we would work on Book 3 collaboratively.

Again, the Real World intervened, this time on Anneque’s side. Circumstances stopped her working on Book 1, while I worked on Book 2 in a halting and half-hearted manner through November. To be honest, I missed my writing buddy, and to write it without her felt disrespectful if anything I wrote spoiled her Book 1 plans.

What’s that? What does any of that have to do with the title of the post?

I was getting there… I promise! *shifty look both ways*

Bear one more side-track, and I’ll get there.

My EENSP studies directed me towards a genre of rock/pop music entitled Raga Rock. After perusing the list of songs using the style, the inspiration was not flowing.

And then, there it was.

“Wherever I May Roam”, by Metallica.

Metallica?! Raga Rock?! What?!

After looking it up on Youtube, and listening to the lyrics… Inspiration! There you are, you sly devil!

The words apply in some way to all the characters, those currently fleshed out and those not.

A small spoiler to help illustrate the flukiness of what I found today. One character in the story has worked at several Guitar Center shops in an unspecified American state.

Metallica and Guitar Center? Yeah?

YouTube suggested this video to me…

Metallica’s James Hetfield At Guitar Center

Even if you aren’t a fan of the muscial genre, I suggest you watch it. Some amazing stuff to hear from the frontman of one of the most influential rock bands of all time.

Cliff’s notes to pique your interest:

– James was ‘pretty much afraid of everything… of the world, of speak… just a really really shy kid.”

– Music became his way to speak, “the voice he didn’t have”.

– A kid in his high school’s Jazz band sold him his first guitar, “a (19)69 SG with the tremlo”, for $200. (The Jazz band mention is also an amazing coincidence).

– He got his practice in by almost constantly battling with a high school buddy, “trying to top each other” with who had the best riff.

– James realised, at one point, he needed to seek better competition. This enlightened him to the fact that he “was on a quest… I wanted to get better.”

– A pivotal moment in his life was deciding between playing football and getting a haircut.

– He’d spend his work days “thinking of riffs, of lyrics”, and spend lunchtimes in his car “with his guitar, writing riffs”.

– James still wakes up and realises it’s an “amazing gift” to be able to “get to do what you want to do, to create, and it’s sustaining you and sustaining your family”.

– The “Black Album” was the album of “multiple divorces” and amazingly oversized egos.

– You need to stay grounded, as people’s validation can make you “something more than you really are”.

– The band’s career started with him looking for an “edge” to his playing, and from there gaining “depth” through getting a sense of percussion into his sound.

– You cannot avoid the “Universal law” of “you get out what you put in”.

– You need to have some ego to believe what you’re doing is worthwhile, but it will still take “hard work and determination” to get there.

– “To keep it, you need to give it away”, and James does so through the Little Kids Rock non-profit organisation and fundraising concerts to get music into public schools.

– The feeling of helping a young kid with a gift that “needs a little something”, even if it’s “a five dollar guitar at the swap meet” flowing through the channels to get to them, is “a better feeling than most of the other feelings on the planet.”

Phew! Tough week at work this week, so better get some sleep in.

Just remember: Keep on keeping on, you’ll get there eventually =)

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