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Looking for love in the marketplace
Buying some time with the human race
Paying with hearts and hieroglyphs
Browsing the aisles, anonymous

How does it feel to be petrified?
Watching the post parade pass by
How does it feel to be out of sight?
Losing your place in the pantomime

Please don't deny who you are
Look inside
See what I see in you
Don't be shy

Why do you think you're all alone?
When you are loved by everyone?
Why do you run away and hide?
When you're surrounded on all sides?

Don't be afraid of yourself
Or be ashamed
There’s no need to explain
Or justify

It's easy to be overdrawn
Step outside
Open up to the world
Don't be shy


from That Was The Year That Wasn't, released January 1, 2021


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Thoughts Detecting Machines Normal, Illinois

Rick Valentin spent a good part of the past 30 years touring and recording with the indie guitar group Poster Children. He also spent the '90s playing synthesizers with the instrumental electronic combo Salaryman. Thoughts Detecting Machines is Rick armed with only a guitar and laptop, building loops into songs that are simultaneously emotional and mechanical. ... more

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