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If you could choose a super power to have, what would it be? I found myself faced with that quandary in a dream. I came up with an unusual choice, and to appreciate my reasoning probably requires a little background information.

Having spent a significant amount of my waking hours in corporate America, it's hard not to come across the term "proactive." Everyone is always talking about being more proactive; to stop from always working in a reactive mode. An authority-type figure, usually wearing a tie or red power suit says "We really need to change how we work to be more proactive. We must anticipate business needs and prepare for them in advance. We can't afford to spend all our time just putting out the latest fires." Well, this sounds like an awful lot of work to me. Politicians, on the other hand, have mastered a different approach. They seem much more comfortable with screwing up, then fixing it after the fact (e.g. retroactive immunity and presidential pardons). This strikes me as a much easier, lazier way to solve problems. So when I had a dream about becoming a super hero who got to choose his own super power, I chose to be "Retroactive." After all, hindsight is 20/20.

Which brings me to this song. The image of a super hero who is Retroactive already has a particular super suit. And a song about a super hero who is Retroactive has to have some cool vintage instruments. Well, perhaps you're starting to see where I'm heading. So here's "Retroactive." Enjoy, and let me know what you think.


Late last night I had a crazy dream
I was standing in line at the super power machine
I feared I would choose something I'd regret
That's when it hit me and I knew what I should get

I opened the door, lowered my head
Stepped inside and said

I wanna be Retro, Retro, Retroactive
I wanna be Retro, Retro, Retroactive

Now I walk around solving crimes all day
After the fact I make problems go away
As the news spread my power came in great demand
This hasn't worked out quite like I had planned

But if it gets too much for me to do
Well I can fix that too

'Cause I'm Retro, Retro, Retroactive
Yes I'm Retro, Retro, Retroactive

Don't wanna be inactive
Too hard to be reactive
Don't care to be proactive
I just want to be Retroactive

I wanna be, I wanna be Retroactive
I wanna be, I wanna be Retroactive


from All Fruits Ripe, released May 28, 2011


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