Finally get the sledgehammer reference

I love “aha” moments. Light bulb moments that go ding, ding, ding in your head. I like experiencing those moments as often they are so silly and give you a moment of levity in an otherwise heavy day. I also enjoy seeing other people experience that lightbulb moment. Particularly in zoom meetings where I am tempted draw word clouds over people’s heads. But I digress.

Back on track. I was on Twitter looking at trending topics and I saw that Peter Gabriel (the singer) was trending. I love Peter Gabriel. I love the songs “Shock the Monkey”, “Games without Frontiers”, and “Solsbury Hill”. to name a couple. And, of course who does not like “in your eyes” made forever famous in the movie Say Anything. Ah, the boom box. The boom box! Specifically, in the 1989 film “Say Anything,” John Cusack’s character Lloyd Dobler romances Diane Court by holding a boombox playing In Your Eyes over his head. Anyway, I love Peter Gabriel. The twitterverse was asking who was better in the band Genesis Peter Gabriel or Phil Collins. Now I’d be willing to bet a lot less people know that Peter Gabriel fronted Genesis than those who know Phil Collins took over from Peter Gabriel. Anyway, doesn’t matter.

My main point is coming forward. In reading through the tweets, I finally came to understand what the song Sledgehammer means. D’oh! How could I have gone so long without knowing. I could only shake my head at myself.

Here are a few of the lyrics

“You could have a steam train
If you’d just lay down your tracks
You could have an aeroplane flying
If you bring your blue sky back
All you do is call me
I’ll be anything you need

I wanna be your sledgehammer
Why don’t you call my name?
Ah oh, let me be your sledgehammer
This will be my testimony
Yeah (yeah)”

I was shocked at myself that I could have been so obtuse. So naive. I really did think if the song as a motivator. Someone who pressed forward. Yeah, go ahead and laugh at me. I am.

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  1. Oh Gosh i Love ‘That Video’ of
    ‘The Old Version of Peter Gabriel’

    Hehe yes About 9 or So Years
    Younger than me now BacK in

    2003 at 53, Then With His

    Star Clad Night

    Sky Dancing

    Outfit on

    Playing the Part
    of ‘Sledgehammer’

    Providing Inspiration

    of Art As Silence of Dance

    Brings Beauty of Song This Way

    As True We aRe aLL Star Stuff This
    Way too As Carl Sagan So Poetically Dances

    And Sings Rather Stilted Yet Still With Starry EYes

    It’s True Some of Us
    Feel Great Star

    Power Yet

    Are Not
    Able to Spread
    Stars The Same Way

    to Others to Fly Higher

    And Then There are Super
    Nova Explosions that Come

    That Are Just to Overwhelming

    When The ‘Sledgehammer’ Becomes

    To Big to See Never the Less Iron From
    Super Nova Explosions Still Flows Through

    Our Blood Streams And Holds The Core of Earth



    As Metaphor
    of Course Now True too…

    i Recently Used The Video
    ‘Shock The Monkey’ By the
    Younger Version of Peter Gabriel too…

    Meh, i Dance Silently And BRing
    Beauty BacK iN Song No Matter
    How Much



    First in Life…

    Gonna Use ’99 Luft
    Balloons’ By ‘Nena’ too

    It’s True Modern Poet Dancers
    Prophet Singers Archetypes
    of Existence All the Metaphors
    All the Myths All the Vehicles and
    Vessels of Truth in DarK And LiGHT


    Still Silently Dancing From Before
    Bringing Story Song in Beauty
    And Dungeon
    of Human



    With or

    Ending Story
    SPOiler Bombs
    As If The Price of
    Gas Going Up A Buck
    Is The Frigging End of the World…

    Not Really able to Roll my EYes



    “Nature of the Beast”
    “Instant Gratification” STiLL For Real..:)


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