All posts by Richard Thripp

UCF student in the Education Ph.D. program. 25-year-old photographer, writer, and pianist.

Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley (Piano, 2014-05-31)

Me playing “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, and Luigi Creatore, which is better known as an Elvis Presley song, on the piano on May 31, 2014 at 8:08 PM.

This arrangement is from 1961 or earlier. I played it without the repeat. There are mistakes at 00:16, 00:21, 00:23, 00:41, 00:54, 00:57, 01:10, and others. I will probably record another version when I improve.

Sheet music (poor quality):–cant_help_fallin_in_love.pdf

Nemesis (Prose)

A mix of poetry and prose about a person or entity that seeks to limit the potential and happiness of another.

Written by Richard Thripp

I do not want you to think you are my sole focus
For you are but one of many
And this so weakens your resolve
For you see I am stretched so thin
Yet continuously destroy you

I am neither invincible nor omnipresent
It should be quite easy for you to defeat me
I would not crush you with overwhelming force
For hope is my greatest weapon

When you lose, I always want you to think it was by a tiny margin. That if only you would have tried a little harder, you would have succeeded as you desire. My goal is to make you despise yourself. To think that I am a part of you—your demon—your dark side. A part of you that should be suppressed or cut out. But in reality, we are quite separate. You are the gamemaster, but I must make you believe I am in control.

Your weakness is not that you are human. Not that you are flawed, hopeless, tragic, or star-crossed. Your weakness is that you have invited my interest, and it entertains me to torture your spirit, preferably over a long period of time and with many interludes. My greatest fear is that I would persecute you so much that you become extraordinary. I want you to have rest. My job is so much easier if you never see beyond the horizon.

How do I see you?
I see you as an individual of great potential
Of superior intellect and kindness
A person I would like to be
But I cannot have your soul
So I entice you to destroy it

My goal is not to make you think you are not special
But that you are special, yet nothing will come of it
I do not encourage you to forsake your ambitions
But to choose a path that would take 200 years to complete
Not because you have dreamed too big
But because you take a finite approach to an infinite world