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More 'love in space gone wrong,' staring down the universe from the bridge of the Mother Ship.

Our brains undergo a rewiring process that is the practice of, and specialization in, particular activities, like riding a bike or driving a car, and thus as we further develop the skill, the once complicated rudiments of it become automatic. In this way, like with driving, we don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time we get behind it. And this is a truly wonderful thing, and so for example, a good tennis player can accurately return a serve that is traveling at 120 mph, seemingly faster the brain has time to consciously react.

I developed a skill for racing downhill— I was always a better ‘descender’ than ‘climber’ in the sport we English call Fell Running— and oft-times marveled at the feeling that my subconscious brain was mapping the terrain, yards ahead of me, at impossible speed, so that when the wonderfully adapted skeletal make up of my feet touched the ground, said feet momentarily molded to every micro-contour of the earth, so that I was least likely to be thrown down by an exposed tree root, or a loose rock.

As babies we learn how to speak and be, by the practice of playful imitation of and interaction with the adults and siblings around us, and within weeks as babies we also become initiators in these proto-conversations. And perhaps therein is a snap-shot of our evolutionary journey, marking the point when our homo ancestors began to radically depart from the trajectory of our closest ape cousins. We now know of the existence of “mirror neurons” which are part of our brains’ way of giving us the social skills we need to survive, by learning from and in so doing instructing others in the same moment. There is evidence that people in long-term pair bond relationships (who are not at all genetically related) come to resemble each other in the ways the act and even in the ways they look.

The idea that certain parts of the brains of people in love with each other rewire themselves through the practice and familiarity of intimacy whilst developing the skill of being with one another, is speculative: a hypothesis upon the neuronal science of heartbreak. But if you know the double helix of pain that is both brain-assisted and mind-assisted heartbreak running together in the same repeating, spiraling moments, then you certainly know that it feels like the hardest thing in the world to disentangle the mutually enmeshed circuitry of being ‘in love’ with another person.

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KNOWING THAT I’M TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH YOU
AND BEING ABANDONED BY YOU
THE NEURONS THAT FIRED TOGETHER, WIRED TOGETHER, WHEN WE WERE TOGETHER
AND CANNOT SIMPLY BE UNDONE BY AN ULTIMATUM

LIKE TRYING TO MAKE MYSELF FORGET HOW TO RIDE A BIKE
OR TRYING TO STOP MY FINGERS PLAYING THIS G CHORD

I DIVED WAY TOO DEEP, HOW COULD I NOT?
AS A HOMO SAPIENS MALE STARING DOWN THE UNIVERSE
LEFT TO WRESTLE WITH THE WONDER OF MY BRAIN’S PLASTICITY
TRYING TO FORCE MYSELF NOT TO BE IN LOVE WITH YOU

LIKE TRYING TO MAKE MYSELF FORGET HOW TO RIDE A BIKE
OR TRYING TO STOP MY FINGERS PLAYING THIS G CHORD

WHEN ALL I WANNA DO, IS HOLD YOU WHEN YOU’RE LONELY
WHEN ALL I WANNA DO, IS FEED YOU WHEN YOU’RE HUNGRY
AND ALL I WANNA DO, IS FUCK YOU WHEN YOU’RE HORNY
AND ALL I REALLY WANTED WAS TO HAVE YOU IN MY LIFE SOME

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from Stardust to Darwinstuff, released April 21, 2017
The Axis of Dissent on this song are:

Danbert Nobacon: acoustic guitar, vocals
Anna Dooley: violin
Gregory Miles: electric guitar

Written by Hunter, N. Directed by Nobacon, D.
Produced by Mell Dettmer. Recorded, mixed and mastered by
Mell Dettmer at Studio Soli, Seattle WA, Oct-Dec 2016

EMI Music Publishing Germany 2017

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Danbert Nobacon & The Axis of Dissent Twisp, Washington

Danbert Nobacon 'freak music legend' got an associate degree in the science of children’s play in England in the 1990’s whilst moonlighting in the punk rock band Chumbawamba. He is currently teaching theatre at his local High School. His new album, the first in seven years, entitled "Stardust to Darwinstuff" exploring, the consilience between art and science, (release date April 2017) ... more

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