It's a fantasy to believe they will; however, like that girl you shared everything with in high school, you can remember them fondly.

A few years ago the band Dawes released a song called, “All Your Favorite Bands.” It was a tender friendship song. Not quite a love song because the singer is more or less reminiscing over a friend of the opposite sex, but the yearning remains unfulfilled. The platonic connection is evident in the lyrics and so is the iconic sentiment of the song’s last lines, “I hope the world sees the same person that you always were to me/And may all your favorite bands stay together.” …


A journey through the 20th Century that leaves us with a musical road map of how we got here.

Rock music has found some of its most passionate expression as a result of anger. From the teenage angst of the Seattle ‘Grunge’ scene to Neil Young’s wrath in “Ohio,” to the recent plight of musical artists responding to the current state of affairs, universal discontent has provided a reckless motivation to Rock and Roll. Behind their contemporary disquiet is a long history of songs expressing indignation, fury, and outrage. …


The answer my friend is tweeting in the wind.

When the US Senate gathers this week, they will hear facts presented as speech. They will decide if words begat action. I suspect that the men and women stating the House of Representatives’ case will mostly rely on the words and Tweets of the disgraced 45th president, Donald Trump himself, in making their case. They will try to connect timelines and mob actions as they attempt to show how the then President's words incited people to action.

Many will debate whether Trump had First Amendment rights to say whatever he wanted. …


A thoughtful guide to making better decisions.

I've been thinking about my Thinkers Notebook. Boy, I loved writing that last sentence. I received the first edition of this well thought out notebook custom built from the ground up for us thinkers. However, I am thinking it should change its name to Writer’s notebook because that is why I bought it. To make me a better writer.

What I wasn’t expecting was for it to teach me to become a better decision maker.

The Thinkers Notebook comes with its own community and that community meets virtually to discuss good note-taking and better ways to think.

Recently, I appeared…


Offers a great conversation starter and a wild adventure for any music lover

Do you know that the song “Good Vibrations” has appeared on 37 different Beach Boy albums? Or that in fact, all told, the band has released 400 songs on 77 albums? Now I know what you’re thinking. Has Tom Genes been overdosing on Wikipedia again? Not exactly. In fact, I’ve been fascinated by the above facts and hundreds of others I discovered in the best rock and roll bathroom book ever made, Infographic Guide To Music by Graham Betts. The book written (if that’s the right word for it) came out in England in 2014.

It’s a treasure trove of…


A renaissance man of music pens one of the year’s best productivity guides.

Jeff Tweedy has written a lot of songs as well as a few books. He runs a successful business that has branched off into many sidebars. The name of his business is Wilco. Oh, yea they also happen to be a rock and roll band with a large following rooted deeply in the midwest. Tweedy’s life is fraught with addiction, depression but most of all success on many levels. Now, he is essentially running a decent size, high profile family business that his two sons and wife readily participate in. I do not know the financial arrangements of any of…


A weekly suggestion of five songs to play at full volume

Each week, I share 5 songs I listened to intently over the past week that truly resonated with me. I usually listen via headphones or crank on the stereo. Some are old and familiar, some are recent or new to me. I try to be most mindful of listening and focused on what the artist was trying to say. Most importantly, I just felt a little better after listening to them

WEEK OF: DECEMBER 14TH

Christmas is coming so this week I was heavy on the holiday tunes. An industry that seems to not have changed for the past hundred…


He turned me from a hater to a fan with these risky career moves

I am really not a hater however in my formidable youth, let us say from puberty to college graduation, I was not a big fan of Bruce Springsteen. He was the reigning rock and roll king and besides his songs really not connecting to my progressive rock soul, he also came off as a hypocrite. A bit full of himself. Then I read about the scam behind the infamous live concert review that started off, “ I have seen the future of rock and roll and its name is Bruce Springsteen.” I later learned that the author of said line…


The five songs I listened to this week that reminded me how great music can be for your soul.

Each week, I share 5 songs I listened to intently over the past week that truly resonated with me. I usually listen via headphones or crank on the stereo. Some are old and familiar, some are recent or new to me. I try to be most mindful of listening and focused on what the artist was trying to say. Most importantly, I just felt a little better after listening to them

WEEK OF: DECEMBER 7TH

“A Change At Christmas”- The Flaming…


Each of us plays a role in each other's lives. Use me any time you want to.

One of my favorite songs is “All Good People” by Yes. A magnificent tune full of symbolism and that also catchy refrain. The song turns the challenge of life into a chess game with solid advice:

“Make the white queen run so fast/She hasn’t got time to make you a wife.”

The game of chess has been used for centuries as a metaphor in culture and science. The most-watched scripted mini-series in Netflix history, The Queen’s Gambit, joins the list, offering up a board full of characters all taking their positions in the game of our hero’s life.

This intriguing…

Tom Genes

A Man of Our Times. A man looks at his world through culture, arts, music, books and politics. Did I mention music?

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