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How Good It Is ∙ Monday August 03, 2020 ∙ duration: 13:15

123–Candy Everybody Wants

So this week has been a brief return to work for me, as my school has been preparing for what education is going to look like when classes resume in September. And it's been playing havoc with me. It's a stressful time to be a teacher, you bet.On top of that, I got my second shingles vaccination early this week, and I didn't have the best of reactions to it, losing a couple of days to some of the side effects. It sucked hard, but it beats having shingles, given what I saw my mother and my father-in-law go through. I'll take two days of chills over a month of painful rash.ANYway, today's episode comes to you as the result of a request by Paul Kondo over at Podcast Gumbo. Paul has done nice stuff for the show a few times, and he had me on as his guest a few weeks ago, so when he said he wanted to hear me talk about a 10,000 Maniacs song, how could I refuse?I didn't really have an excellent reason for choosing this song other than I like it, despite its rather dark message. But that became part of the story, of course. Natalie Merchant-era songs from 10,000 Maniacs had that habit of disguising rather incisive lyrics with jaunty melodies so it took the average listener a little bit of time to realize what they were really listening to.Click here for a transcript of this episode.Click here to become a Patron of the show.

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Every week I choose a song from the 50s through the 80s and dive into its history, the story behind the song and other items of interest. Find more stuff at www.howgooditis.com [This description is from How Good It Is.]

Each week the show chooses a song from the 1950s through the 1980s and does a deep dive into the story behind the song and the artist.


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