Top 5 Cool Splash Songs about Swimming…Welcome Summer!

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I don’t care if it’s 37 degrees fahrenheit or 2 degrees celsius outside- Summer is here and let’s go swimming…and I got to sketch a little cartoon! (I will hold off on calling this an art blog for the moment)

5. MGMT. Electric Feel

Great vibe and great song. I don’t feel too bad that I am too old to be invited to this party with the cool kids, because to be honest…. I had no shot of going even when I was this age. I could have showed up with 100 dollar bills taped to my forehead and a case of good tequila under my arm and I still was not getting in (I may, however, have been instantly mugged). But, if I was this cool, this is where I would have loved to be, splashing in the Amazon and getting shocked like an electric eel !

4. B-52’s.Rock Lobster

The first release from those crazy guys and girls from the Athens scene and I was in love right from the beginning (They had me at “his earlobe falling in the deep”!). This is something an underground music-loving outsider could shake his money maker to! I was waiting for this and it was liberating to let go on that dance floor (thankfully no footage is available).

3.The Pixies. Where is my Mind

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xo9nl_pixies-where-is-my-mind_music#.UX-WjbWTiTM

I know I just wrote about this, but it is such a good song and deserves many replays. I have yet to regret the journey that this song takes me on. Having an existential experience while little fishes chase you around in the warm Caribbean ocean. How cool is that!

2.Metric. Breathing Underwater

I love the chorus “Is this my life? Am I breathing underwater?” – “I am a knife and you are the blade” or is it “I am the shovel and you are the spade?”

A twist on the fish out of water concept as we go with the “non-fish in water”….Yes, my mind is blown…Powwwww!!!

But it does not have to make sense to the conscious mind to connect to the unconscious mind and make you feel something down deep; and I mean really deep, where all life is transparent and freaky-looking and glows with weird bioluminescence.

And this song makes me feel better every time I hear it.

1.R.E.M Nightswimming

Summer is fading, innocence is fading, and youth is fading, so let’s take one more dip.

This is probably my favorite R.E.M tune. It does not destroy your vulnerability, but it does put you out there with it, drip-drying on the porch and hoping that the screen door was left unlocked.

5 Greatest Geek Rock Acts

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A ‘geek’ rubber duck – side view (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I don’t think of myself as a geek-but I do watch the science channel and history channel more than the others and if they ever come out with a Stephen Hawking action figure; I may be tempted to add it to my collection. The cold hard fact is that when I think of any scenario and how a geek would act compared to a regular well-adjusted  person…….aaahhhhhhh….I would take the geek way—Ergo I must be a geek. So here is music about my people for my people… Forgive me this is difficult….kind of like when Luke finds out Darth Vader is his Dad…aaaahhhh…I did it again.

Note: Most of this is written from outside the geek world as I have just “come out” and  have not be officially welcomed by other geeks as one of their own. I mean no disrespect to my new brethren. This is still new to me. Enjoy!

5. Gwar

For the militant geek..You know that guy…if someone takes his seat in math class -he will laugh about it and then not let it go. This guy is in serious need of an outlet. A show by this band is just what the doctor ordered to let him have a bit of fun-(while getting sprayed with all manner of fake bodily fluids) and get all that rage out. Shock Rock dressed like game characters that rail against the evil system sounds like militant geek to me…think of them as a more unlikeable Kiss…I know… did not think it was possible to be more unlikeable than Gene Simmons? It is!!..Rage on geeks…rage on.

4.Weird Al Yankovic

He has taken the art of parody and turned it into science. He is the no-one that becomes everyone. Awkward at first glance- brilliant under the surface. The frog that says to the princess that tries to kiss him…”Whatever sweetie…got look for someone else to smooch…I am weird Al and I will rain my fury upon the entire music industry” White and Nerdy is geek brilliance shining so bright, it is almost cool.

3. They might be Giants

I once found myself at the acclaimed bastion of geekness called R.P.I  in order to find the room that these guys were playing in. Two guys that make a lot of noise in order to elevate the words of wonder that spill out from them as they preach to the converted followers of quirkiness. I love a band that relentlessly follows their vision through the hits and misses. You don’t have to suffer from full blown nerdness to enjoy them, but you do require some part of that disease running through your veins.

2.Devo

These guys started the revolution. They gave all geeks, nerds and social rejects a place to rally to. You can like computers and learn more than a few opening moves of chess(you never know when a surprise chess smack-down can happen) and still be O.K. It is alright to come out of the closet and admit that making your brain do some work might be some benefit to you and the world around you. And these dudes with the red plastic hats are laying down some funky beats…we can dance geeks…we can dance! Oh the joy and celebration! You think the iPhone would have been invented without the surge that these guys gave to the geek community? No way!

1.Weezer

The hard days of the geek revolution are in the past. Technology runs the world and those that control and maintain this technology are living on the good side of the good towns. Basically…the geeks are running the world. So here is the emerged butterfly band of geekness flapping its wings in the bright sunshine of this new age. Put some of this music on as you lean back in the soft recliner and kick off those expensive slippers and bask in the delight that you have created. Take a drink of whatever you guys drink and enjoy it. We all call you Sir Geeks now!