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Rob Dougan – Furious Angels

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Furious Angels

“Furious Angels” or “How to fall and still manage to look classy” :mrgreen:

Rob Dougan, what can I say? Definitely one of the best composers I have listened to in my whole life. His album “Furious Angels” has been the only music capable of giving me something like what it is the Stendhal syndrome for music (if there’s any, and seriously, I’m not kidding), and I also have to say, the most beautiful male voice I have ever heard. Well, the latter is my humble opinion, some people don’t like his voice, some others even hate it, some other don’t like his music and so on. I can’t say they are deaf, because that’s offensive for really deaf people, and even Beethoven was deaf, and just look at the wonders he made, so I just can say: Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.

And just as all the good things in life, they last too little, or in this case, there’s only one album, which by the way, I have to make a review of it, but that will come later, I guess. And though I am not so sure whether it was good or bad having released only one full album, it is what it is, and it is what we have. People still keep asking him to make more music, but I think you can’t rush a genius, even if more than 10 years have passed since then. And as I said before, it is what it is, and it is what we have.

Anyway, that was not the point of this post, the point is this video, “Furious Angels”. Rob Dougan only filmed two videos, “Clubbed to Death” and “Furious Angels”. Both of them are special for me, besides of my own interpretation of their ideas, it’s what I wrote in the beginning: “How to fall and still manage to look classy”. So, if you are going to fall, or you already fell, you do what I did, just keep in your head:

‘Cause love, like a blow to the head, has left me stunned and I’m bleeding.. Yeah, I’m bleeding. And if you go, furious angels will bring you back to me…

This way you won’t feel ridiculous in the case of you falling because you slipped on a banana peel in the middle of a crowded street with the lights just gone green and nobody even offered their help for pulling you up. Ok, on a brighter side, I have to admit that maybe nobody pulled me up because I got up in just seconds, like a helical spring. I was so proud because I thought all those days “playing” with the Kinect’s UFC Personal Trainer did bear some fruit after all, because I performed some equivalent for “standing up from guard position” when fighting off a banana, and it felt great… after all :mrgreen:

Literature MMA Sports

Georges St-Pierre: The Way of the Fight

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The Way Of The Fight

I’ve decided to come back with my blog, after years of not posting anything, well, actually I had deleted it all a few years ago, but before deleting it all, I made a backup and could recover the same domain,  so I will see if I will repost anything, but this is actually a fresh start, just keeping the old posts as part of the archive. Some old things might look weird because of the new layout changes, but try to read the new stuff, I hope it will look better and be more interesting, since I’ve also decided to give this blog a little twist on the subjects of the posts, after all, as the title blog says “and my imaginations are as foul as Vulcan’s stithy”.

So let’s start with a book review, The Way of the Fight by Georges St-Pierre, or better said, mon cher, le Georges :mrgreen:

“My goal here is to write the greatest book ever written.” Well, eventhough I am a huge fan of Georges’, I think not even Dostoievski must have said that when he wrote Crime and Punishment just to name one of his glorious masterpieces!, but it’s ok, let’s give it a try. I have to say that from the strict literary perspective, the book really isn’t the greatest book ever written, but certainly is well written and best of all, it’s most inspiring. You are not going to find the typical “how to succeed in MMA”, much less it tells the tales of conquests from a super-hero St-Pierre. As it quotes “There’s more to winning battles than fists and feet“.

The Way Of The Fight

The book is divided into five sections: “Mother,” “Mentor,” “Master,” “Maven” and “Conscience.” Each one of these sections focuses on a specific part of Georges’ story, recollections from the important individuals who shaped some portion of his life.

“The Way of the Fight” is the way of Georges St-Pierre’s life, from the times in which he was a bullied kid in Canada, to the times in which he moved to New York speaking no english at all and having to stay in a dirty hostel in New York with nothing but a goal in his mind, to train with the best and learn from the best, until he became the world champion that he is today. You end up feeling almost as if you were there with him, in his training sessions, even in the octagon.

This book has everything: philosophy, science, funny stories, not so happy stories, but above all, there is humbleness and there is honesty, something that Georges is very well known and appreciated for. So whether or not you know or like Georges St-Pierre, whether or not you know or like MMA, I highly recommend this book, easy reading which tells a lot more than what it is written, it’s inspiring not only if you practice some sport, it’s inspiring for any aspects of one’s life. So, merci Georges! :mrgreen: