Torch Songs for the End of the World/ Apocalyptic R
To GROK (pronounced /\'grock/) is to share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity. In Heinlein\'s view of quantum theory, grokking is the intermingling of intelligence that necessarily affects both the observer and the observed. As first used in the Heinlein novel Stranger in a Strange Land: " Grok means to understand so thoroughly that the observer becomes a part of the observed-to merge, blend, intermarry, lose identity in group experience. It means almost everything that we mean by religion, philosophy, and science-and it means as little to us (because of our Earthly assumptions) as color means to a blind man. " The Oxford English Dictionary defines grok as \'to understand intuitively or by empathy; to establish rapport with\' and \'to empathize or communicate sympathetically (with); also, to experience enjoyment.\' Other forms of the word include \'groks\' (present third person singular), \'grokked\' (past participle) and \'grokking\' (present participle). In an ideological context, a grokked concept becomes part of the person who contributes to it's evolution by improving the doctrine, perpetuating the myth, espousing the belief, adding detail to the social plan, refining the idea or proofing the theory. The Grokkers formed in early summer \'07 by longtime friends Scott Wray Shearer and James Chan along with Scott\'s nephew Collin Klass. Throughout the last year the band has gone through numerous lineups but Scott, James and Collin have remained. The diverse musical tastes of the many members adds a range to the songs not commonly found in other bands. From blues to indie rock to funk and R & B and more to come to be sure. This is their first self-released album combining songs from the original lineup with brand new songs.The album really reflects where the band has been and where they are going. But to understand the band first you must understand the name.