Chess in Concert, Tim Rice, & Judas Iscariot

I’m an unabashed admirer of the musical Chess. “Nobody’s Side” is one of my favorite songs because its underlying message is so true. Hell, the whole album is filled with terrific numbers.

For those who don’t know, Tim Rice was the lyricist for Chess, with music by Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus of ABBA. Rice also collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on Jesus Christ Superstar which focuses on Jesus and Judas Iscariot.

And it was listening to Chess that reminded me of the character of Judas and inspired my next paranormal thriller, The Judas Dilemma, for this year’s NaNoWriMo. (Sorry, that’s how my mind works.) 🙂

My Judas isn’t concerned with betraying Jesus. What does concern him is that people aren’t going to let him forget his past. Tired of being called a “traitor,” he’s trying to atone for preconceived sins and misunderstandings while realizing that no one really gives a fuck about him and the truth.

But, hey, it’s just another thankless day on the job.


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