Three Random Thoughts #13 – Murder, Music, and Choice

Welcome to my blog “Life and Random Thinking” – I hope you will enjoy this post.

This post is another for the Three Random Thoughts category. – David


MURDER – A true history of sport, violence, and emotions but also amazing talent – the sport was tennis, the artist was a painter named Caravaggio.

He murdered his opponent over an argument in a tennis match. The murderer was volatile and extremely talented. Swords, illegal weapons, racquets and paint brushes were all common to Caravaggio.

Giovanni Pietro Bellori (1615-1696), gives a short but colourful description of the 1606 match, writing that the painter played ‘gioco di palla a corda’ with a young friend and that during the match they started hitting each other with their rackets.

Eventually Caravaggio drew his sword and killed his opponent. For his crime the painter risked capital punishment (bando capitale) and was forced to leave Rome, living like a man on the run, never to return to the city again.

A well known brawler, he assaulted many including a police officer, in May 1606 Caravaggio may also have been the most well known painter at the time. However after the tennis murder, he was forced to flee Rome to escape a bounty on his head for a few years. Ironically during this period many of his paintings included severed heads. !!

Judith beheading Holofernes (Caravaggio)

I saw some of Caravaggio’s paintings in a gallery in Rome, the paintings were so dark and violent but also amazing in their intensity. Links to more information Here and Here.


MUSIC – There have been many OHW (One Hit Wonders) and those hits are remembered by us all even if the band disappears.

Perhaps the biggest one of all time was in 1995 – “Macarena” by Los del Río.

The One Hit Wonder below had an interesting inspiration story, you might call it depressing.

The band’s main songwriter, Sherman Kelly, was inspired to write this hit song after getting viciously beaten up while on a Caribbean island holiday.

Recovering in hospital, he decided to envision a peaceful and joyful reality, and a song was born.

Everybody here is outta sight

They don’t bark and they don’t bite

They keep things loose, they keep things light

Everybody was dancin in the moonlight.

King Harvest – Dancing in the Moonlight


CHOICE – The streets can be a tough place to struggle daily. The quote below was recently spotted on a post in the Okanagan and shared with me. I don’t know the author, sorry. Whenever I read it slowly it tells a story. A story of crossroads, and found strength. – David

I found myself at a crossroads,

To carry on in fear or to stand in faith,

Today I do stand, where I used to fall,

And God gave me a choice, and I choose Freedom.



Manning Park, BC

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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12 Responses to Three Random Thoughts #13 – Murder, Music, and Choice

  1. Darlene says:

    I love Dancing in the Moonlight! Thanks.


  2. Eva Hnizdo says:

    What a fantastic blog post !


  3. lghiggins says:

    What an interesting composite! Yikes on the murder, humming on the OHW’s, and smiles for the poem and picture. The world is confronted right now with choices; I pray we turn to God and freedom.


  4. Really like the quote! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hi David,
    I love how Kelly Sherman turned an awful thing into a beautiful one!
    We should all aim to do the same, with the problems we encounter in life.
    Thank you for sharing! Blessings! ♥♥


    • dfolstad58 says:

      ♥ It is wonderful if we can do that. It is so important not to react I think to problems in life; the pause I take to think about my response often helps to improve a situation. Thanks you! ♥♥


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