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
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.