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The artistry of athletics

Perhaps it’s because of my Pittsburgh roots (it’s a huge sports town), or maybe it’s the “guys’ guy” side of my personality, or then again maybe it’s something completely different. Whatever the case may be, I am a definite sports fan.

So, being one who enjoys such things as well as my obvious love for the arts, I asked myself, “can sports be artistic?”  And the answer I came up with is YES.

Let’s take for example the upcoming Olympic Games in London, England. Surely the opening and closing ceremonies are always filled with artistry. However, one can easily (and rightfully) argue that these specific events are not sports, even if they are related to the concept.

But once the games get underway, we merely have to point to the competitions that rely on judging to prove that athletics can indeed be artsy.

Some such examples include:

Gymnastics (Especially rhythmic)

Diving

Synchronized swimming

All of these, and many more events, rely heavily on technique, style and originality, all very common elements in the arts.

In fact, even the games that are probably rarely associated with artistry such as basketball and boxing for example, always praise participants for technique and grace.

It’s interesting it you think about it, huh.

Some random thoughts on band names

When I was a kid…

I dreamed of being a professional basketball player. While I loved the game and was pretty good, I turned out to be a whole 5 foot 6 inches tall. And, short, white guys don’t usually make it too far in that game, lol.

So, when I got a bit older, sometime during my teen years, I started thinking about what it might be like to be in a band. Of course I fancied myself as the lead singer. So what if I couldn’t hold a tune, play an instrument and hated performing in front of people. I’m sure we could work around all that somehow. Besides, girls dig guys in a band.

As a writer, I have made some attempts to write songs. But desipte the fact that I have authored two poetry books to date, I was never one who really had the knack for writing lyrics.

What I thought I was pretty good at was coming up with band names. So with that in mind, here’s some I don’t mind sharing that I created over the years.

In my early to mid teens…

Lynx

Burn Out

A little later on…

Rules of Enragement

Sounds of Chaos

By the way, if any on your musicians out there want to “borrow” one of these names, go for it. Just make sure you give me the credit. And if you make it big, maybe a couple of million or so wouldn’t hurt either.

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