It's funny how a connection sometimes develops between two seemingly totally unrelated things.
A couple years ago, during one of the weekly tennis classes I take, I met the mummies. Not literally, of course. But that's where I first heard their brand of funk, courtesy of tennis pro
To be honest, it's not a style of music that I and several others in the class would probably have picked to listen to. But we found ourselves enjoying the music Mark played.
And when the Mummies performed at an 8 Great Tuesdays concert in July in
Quite a few years before that, I took a college class on Shakespeare. The professor showed a video from the
I was vaguely aware that at the time he was appearing on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," but I'd never watched that TV show and had only seen a few episodes of the original "Star Trek." I remember feeling a little sorry for Stewart, that he'd fallen from Shakespeare to science fiction.
But he'd so interested me in the Shakespeare video that I did tune in to "The Next Generation" that week. Then I watched the next episode, and the next and the rest of that series. I found that I enjoyed not only Stewart's performances, but also the other actors and the stories. I even eventually met some wonderful fellow fans with whom I still keep in touch.
I continued to follow Stewart's career after his version of "Star Trek" ended, and it led us both back to Shakespeare. In 2008, he was starring on
Keeping an open mind and being willing to follow unlikely links have led to some great entertainment for me. I wonder where I'm headed next.
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