But still to this day when I hear Let It Be, and especially the songs Unsatisfied and Sixteen Blue, it gives me a bit of the creeps. While lots of rock’n’roll makes you think that your teens should be all about riding in a convertible with the top down, Paul Westerberg, the leader of the Replacements, is somehow magically able to capture the part of being teenage that is scary and embarassing. And when I hear it, I know what we’re trying to do, too: let people know that everything is going to be OK. And when it isn’t, rock’n’roll can help.

The President of the United States is given a free pass to ignore the Constitution, tap our phones, and lead us to war on a pack of lies. Congress responds to record deficits by passing a huge tax cut for the wealthy (thanks, but I don’t need it). The most famous business leaders are not the innovators but the guys in handcuffs. While we’re fiddling in Iraq, the Middle East is burning and nobody seems to know what to do. And the press is waving pom-poms instead of asking hard questions. That’s not the promise of America my parents and yours traveled across the ocean for. I’ve had enough. How about you?

…[P]eople should systematically record their activities and feelings every few hours for a week or two. In recording your observations, try to focus on how you actually feel, rather than what you think you ought to be feeling or what you expect to feel. Afterwards, note the high points, particularly, and the low ones. Then try to adjust how you spend time according to your findings.

Suiciders are willing to kill innocent life in order to send the projection that this is an impossible mission."—Washington, D.C., April 3, 2007