While sitting around and thinking about my 2 loves. Metal and MMA. I started trying to think of any similarities they share. I was only able to think of one; Minutiae. These hobbies fit me because I can get obsessed and tangled in the smallest details of things I love. Just listening to metal wasnt enough for me, once I realized how amazing it was I wanted to hear…all of it. I used to scour the depths of the internet for rare mp3s for what felt like days at a time, foregoing the possibility that I could download a computer destroying virus. All that mattered to me was being able to immerse myself in the music. While the other kids in my class where taking tests I was drawing band logos on my test paper. The fact that I was failing the class never crossed my mind, I just had to make sure that godamn “S” in “Sepultura” had the correct number of thorns on it. Other kids book bags had books in it, mine had my discman and about 40 CDs. I carried them EVERYWHERE. I studied the cd booklets, learning who produced each album and which bands thanked other bands. It was an obsession. But where I differed from other metal heads was that I lacked pretentiousness, I constantly walked around trying to get my friends to love what I loved so much. It was always my dream to become an A&R rep at a record label and scout the world for talent to share with everyone. In my mind metal was for everyone, I thought it was great when one of my favorite bands sold more than 2 albums. If I burned someone a CD and they didnt like it I always wanted to know why so I could take what they told me and find them some they WOULD like. I was convinced that if they gave it a chance they’d love it as much as I did.
A few years ago I asked my girlfriend why she didnt like metal, she said “its too much, it just sounds like static’. I told myself that she just wasnt paying close enough attention, I tried to get her to close her eyes and REALLY listen, but it didnt work. I came to realize that to love metal as much as I do you need patience. I just wasnt going to be able to convince the kids that listen to The Used that they need to drop what they’re doing and listen to the latest Enslaved album. Metal isnt for everyone, and no matter how hard I sell it, everyone isnt going to buy.
When I got into MMA, I approached it with the same obsession, but with a different mindset. While I do believe that every sports fan can learn to love something about MMA I also realize they all wont take the time to do so. While theres beauty in every detail of BJJ I opt to focus on the beauty of 1 on 1 competition and how much athleticism and intelligence it takes to compete at the highest level when explaining why I love MMA to my friends. As much as I respect and love Mike Wilbon, no one is going to convince him to take MMA seriously. What we may be able to convince doubters to do is appreciate and respect the competitors. Maybe Im naive, but I truly believe that once someone understands what these fighters go through for their craft, they’ll eventually take the time to find the beauty and art in the minutiae of Mixed Martial Arts.
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