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  • Writer's pictureRichard Maclone

The Waiting Drove Me Mad

Writing a book is a long process. I knew it was when I began that it would take a while. I didn't realize just how long it would be. I don't remember the exact date that I began "Season On the Brink," but I'm pretty sure that I've been at it for about a year and a half now.

I'm thankfully getting close to the end, but there always seems to be a million things to do. Today I've been working on getting to the end of the second draft. I've been staring at the screen for over two hours and needed a mental break.

I want to be done. That thought got me thinking about one of my favorite Pearl Jam songs, "Corduroy." It was written by Eddie Vedder well over 20 years ago and is everything about Pearl Jam that is great. The guitars, the lyrics, the vibe, just all of it. If you didn't know, Pearl Jam is my favorite band in the world. I've seen them 20 times and wish it was more. It will be more. My dream has always been to take a few weeks off and follow them for a leg of a tour, especially a European tour. Maybe this book will sell enough copies to make that a reality some day. We all have to have our dreams.

The most famous lyric of "Corduroy" is the opening one. "The waiting drove me mad ..."

That's just kind of how I'm feeling today. I just have to remember the counter to that statement, all good things come to those who wait. Good things are on the way, I promise.

Any way, that made for a good excuse to watch Pearl Jam play the song on YouTube. Turn the speakers up and enjoy.

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