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Eric Wrobbel’s songs exploring themes of romantic love have always had something more to say beyond what is expected from the genre. This, one of his darker songs, deals with games-playing and defensiveness in relationships. “Did I love her, maybe so...” reveals just how out of touch the song’s protagonist is about his own feelings as he tries to manage the downside of a relationship. We see how that management becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.
Another of Wrobbel’s songs, “The Point of No Return,” explores a neighboring theme, although in a more positive manner. In that song we hear something on the order of the risk of commitment being the proof of romantic love. Here in “I Don’t Feel a Thing” it’s not that there isn’t a willingness to commit, it is rather more of a fear of failure, fear that the relationship will fail if the “game” isn’t played properly. But the game requires the male to at all costs hide such fear (along with most other feelings). And so it is couched behind a facade of the “strong, silent type” popular culture spent much effort convincing us was the male ideal.
Though in his heart of hearts he exclaims he “can’t stand it,” in the end he has embraced this ideal and will ride off into the sunset like a thousand John Waynes before him, alone.
About Eric Wrobbel
This songwriter, artist, musician and humorist has written and produced hundreds of interesting tracks for himself and others in his long, eclectic career. Rarely performing live, he has almost exclusively focused his musical efforts as a studio artist, working in a wide range of styles that have variously been described as rock, folk, country, psych, humor, and pop.
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