The other day one of those fun events occurred when I discovered that the band Filter, who tweet as @OfficialFilter, are now following me there. I am not sure why since, while I like their music, I'd never mentioned them on Twitter before to my knowledge. I was also at one time briefly followed by Art Alexakis of Everclear, but that didn't last.
I harbor no ill will towards anyone who doesn't follow me, or briefly followed me and then unfollowed me, as it's just Twitter and I try not to take it too seriously. Still, when I find a well-known person is following me, it does give me a little ego boost - and we can all use those once in a while, can't we?
My favorite song by Filter is probably Hey Man, Nice Shot which was featured prominently in the movie The Cable Guy, among other places. However, it's not the most uplifting song. Here is what I found out about it from Wikipedia:
The song was written about the January 22, 1987, public suicide of Pennsylvania state treasurer R. Budd Dwyer. Dwyer had been convicted on bribery charges in December 1986, and was expected to receive a long sentence from U.S. District Court Judge Malcolm Muir. Professing his innocence and decrying the legal system, Dwyer shot himself with a .357 Magnum during a press conference. Although singer and songwriter Richard Patrick frequently clarified this in interviews, as well as the fact that he had first written the song in 1991 before the band even had a record deal, the song's popularity was augmented by a widespread perception that it was about the 1994 suicide of Kurt Cobain.