I think I was about 10 when I realized that the world is made up of those who are cool and those who want to be.
I wanted to be cool.
I tried to be less of a nerd, but I was known as one of those kids who would sneak a good novel into my desk during math class.
Fashion seemed like the obvious way to become cool, but by the time I realized that hiphuggers were in, they weren’t any more. Nehru jackets in the late 60’s? Yup. I got mine in 1971.
But there was ONE thing I did manage to do in my life that shot me straight into the cool kid stratosphere. I discovered some really great musicians before they became huge.
So cool! The coolest!
Nothing turns a nerd cool faster than being ahead of the musical curve, you know what I mean? Imagine having someone put on a CD of their new favorite band and being able to say, “Pshaw. I’ve been seeing them for years!” Coolness, hipness and general superiority come flooding right down over your nerdy little head.
Well, my friends, this is YOUR chance to become almost as cool as Momshieb.
Because I have a tip that you honestly can’t ignore.
Introducing “Upstate Rubdown,” my new musical obsession! We first heard them two years ago on the advice of our already musically cool sons. Both Paul and I fell in love with the harmonies, the energy, the uniqueness of their music.
We have seen them about a dozen times since then and we listen to their first album so often that my 2 year old granddaughter can sing every word.
But then come right back, because this is the coolest part. Upstate is working on a new album! For reasons that defy comprehension, they have not yet been signed by a record company. So they are funding it through a Kickstarter campaign.
You need to click right HERE so that you can send them some money, preorder the album, and insure your place forever in the pantheon of cool kids.
How can you say no?
To be completely truthful (“in the interest of transparency”) I have to tell you that both of our sons fell in love with the music, too. Then one of them fell in love with one of the beautiful singers.
That means that we know these young people. We are big time fans (just ask them how goofy we look singing along at their shows). But we also know that this band is the real deal. They are hardworking, smart, kind and so talented that I constantly have to fight the urge to ask for their autographs.
Go listen. I’m not kidding. You will NOT be sorry.