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Every twelve to fifteen years, the next generation discovers Barry McGuire and the 60’s folk/protest song: “Eve of Destruction“.  It’s a great song which meant a lot to me when I was growing up – particularly the line about a “hand full of Senators don’t pass legislation / When human respect is disintegrating“.  This line was one of the things which first kindled my interest in politics.
Anyway, “EoD” was really kind of a societal song.  My preference was a much less popular song (at least I’ve never heard anyone admit to hearing it):  “What’s Exactly The Matter With Me?“.
Even as a child, I exhibited early (distressing) signs of nerdishness…  I discovered two words I’d never heard before – coagulating (in EoD) and apoplexy (in WEtMWM).  And, no, I’m not going to spoil your trip to the dictionary by telling you what “apoplexy” means.
[And one final thought – I looked at MANY lyrics sites and they ALL have this word incorrect.  So, you have the privilege of knowing you’ve visited a TRUE nerd site.  If you don’t believe me, go listen to Barry sing the song, and then go check some of the other lyrics sites yourself.]
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I was watching the morning news shows last week and it seems there are some mighty gutless folks out there who text message their boyfriend/girlfriend to break up because they just can’t face the other person!!
Let me make it easier on you…  Send them one of these two songs: “It Ain’t Me, Babe” or “Lover’s Cross“.  (The links are to the lyrics, not to the songs.  Go look ’em up yourself!)
By the way, I still think you’re gutless to not face them, but at least this has got a little more flair!
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Sean and me at the Grand Canyon

Everyone with a younger sibling eventually discovers (becomes aware of the fact) they actually have a brain. I’m not exactly sure when this happened with Sean and me.
I do remember at some point late in our teens, Sean and I sat and talked about the world and I discovered he was a Conspiracy Theorist.  In fact, he was the first conspiracy theorist I ever met and back then, I didn’t even have a name for it.
Anyway, his explanation for the world (as he saw it – and still sees it) was so RATIONAL, it stunned me.  I felt like Saul on the road to Damascus!
So, what else does an introverted young nerd do but write a poem about the experience…  This (“The Genius Shook“) was my homage to my “little” brother.
Later, Sean continued to rock my world by introducing me to Gil Scott-Heron and “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised“.  Who would have guessed, it wasn’t televised because  it would be YouTubed instead (on demand).
Enjoy!
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