One hit, 140 characters: Edwin McCain


You can tell a lot about a person from their Twitter description. Mine, for example, cites me as a “TV Enthusiast” (and that’s just because “Dawson’s Creek Enthusiast” was too raw).

For reasons I can’t explain, I’ve been pretty fascinated with 90s one-hit wonders’ Twitters as of late. I’m trying hard to get them to follow me, but so far Blessid Union of Souls are the only ones who’ve taken the bait. What can I say? They like me for me!

Anyways I’m now devoting this blog to dissecting their Twitter descriptions, because they’re extremely telling. First up, “I’ll Be” singer Edwin McCain.

Edwin McCain (@TheEdwinMcCain — please note the “The”): “He recorded two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, McCain still tours like a troubadour, balancing his massive pop success and family life.”

-I do not think you can qualify “I Could Not Ask For More” as one of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, and that’s mainly because I had to Google it to remember what it was called. (I’ll give you “I’ll be” Mr. McCain, you had me wanting boys to offer to be “my crying Soldier” (what my 4th grade mind thought he was saying)…No really, any takers?)

-Here’s Merriam-Webster’s definition of a Troubadour, just so we’re clear Edwin: “one of a class of lyric poets and poet-musicians often of knightly rank who flourished from the 11th to the end of the 13th century chiefly in the south of France and the north of Italy and whose major theme was courtly love.” This week, Edwin will be playing a gig at “Nick’s Crawfish Boil” in Jackson, Mississippi.

-Finally, I cannot imagine the taxing burden you must put on your family by trying to balance hearing “I’ll Be” in the occasional Dawson’s Creek re-run and spending time with them. I feel for the McCain kids. They are probably off hanging with Everclear singing “Father of Mine”…


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