Get Behind the Muse is intended to be my nerve center, the site from which I manage and coordinate my attempts to bring my writings to the attention of as wide an audience as possible. So, here you’ll get background on my novels The Grotto, Well I Wonder and Caught in a Trap, updates on new projects, some short stories, little insights into whatever floats my boat and makes me tick, and the odd rant on the world around me (I’ll try to keep those short ‘n’ sweet).
Why Get Behind the Muse as a title?
We all know the Tom Waits song, “Get Behind the Mule”, no? Well, there’s the answer; it’s a clever pun! “Get Behind the Mule”, Get Behind the Muse! Geddit? Ha, ha! Mule, muse, writing, you know?
But seriously. Here’s what it says in Patrick Humphries’ biography of Mr. Waits, The Many Lives of:
But Waits explained that “Get Behind the Mule” was specifically inspired by what Robert Johnson’s father had said about his son, aka the King of the Delta Blues Singers: “Trouble with Robert is, he wouldn’t get behind the mule in the morning and plough.”
“Get Behind the Mule” has become a kind of mantra for me. Rising at six to do a bit of keyboard tapping before work or scribbling away into the night, I imagine myself strapping on a metaphysical harness and trying, at least, to get behind the muse. When I feel lazy, or muzzy, or uninspired, I put on my best Tom Waits growl and sing: “You godda get behind the muse in the morning and plough.”