Wearing My Jordans

by Tim Stiles

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My fraternal twin brother, Jordan and I were born in Muncie, IN in Aug 1979. At 10 weeks of age he and I were adopted by Jim & Barbara Stiles. I originally wrote this song just before our 35th birthday. 'Wearing My Jordans' celebrates the amazing artistic talent my brother possesses and my undying appreciation for my two beautiful parents who adopted us. My mom, Barbara and my dad, Jim took a leap of faith in making such a life changing decision. I'm forever thankful that they did. Jordan and I wouldn't be who we are today without their love.

Dedicated to our mother, Barbara Munson Stiles 1944-1986

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It’s been a while right, brother?
Approaching 40, leaving our 30's behind...

Born in August, 1979
When bell-bottoms were retired
And everyone tuned into Saturday Night Live!

While the Young were getting Restless on Sesame Street
And The Brady Bunch spent 60 Minutes
Counting the Days Of Our Lives..

Him and I slept adjacent
Laid there in waiting
Separated by hospital blinds

Little did we know
A process had been initiated,
Halted, then resolved
With adoption papers

One problem,
This involvement
Dad & mom engaged in
Only implied one son,
Not a package of displaced twins

While in that lawyer’s office
Reality weighed in
I like to think that thankfulness
Overjoyed them

I like to think that neither blinked
The moment that lawyer grinned
And said, “It’s not just one kid,”
Theirs actually two of them”

Fortunately Barbara reacted with reciprocity
Knowing two boys would be great since
Her and Jim could now afford it

The new job she landed in banking
Was amazing
All she’d ever wanted was a family
Previously thwarted

By factors such as sterility and lack of income
Inability to give birth
Plagued her everything,
And then some

Now came an opportunity
For not only one
But twins, umm…
Just gotta convince Jim…
Easily done

Jim signed the papers
Solidifying custody
Two weeks later we were shipped
To Monterey from Muncie

Two midwest born bastards
Were undeniably lucky
Accepted and adopted
To the west coast of the country

—CHORUS—

They expected One
But then there were Two
One fair-skinned
Pale in comparison to Two

These Two
Share heritage
Plus eyes of blue

It’s quite a delight
Knowing there are
Two sides to you…

Life meant for One
Yet delivered
One more than

One left, Two right-brained
Out of sorts twins
To this day we take steps
With importance

Him rocking my “Tims"
Me wearing his “Jordans"

—END CHORUS—

During adolescence
Computers were my pastime
I DOS Command-ed bulletin boards
Just to pass time

A game junky too
But never a Sega “Genesist"
Before N64
I can barely remember which

Consoles I owned
Yet what I do remember is
Jordan being my Super Nintendo
Arch nemesis

When it came to Street Fighter Two
He'd pick Blanka
And I'd Chun Li the shit out of his shins
Making things awkward

Little did he know
I'd already studied his moves
He used to get so pissed
Throwing the controller
Across the room

It made sense though
He was never bred for technology
To this day he still calls me
Instead of Googling, ha!

Honestly,
I shouldn't give him so much grief
While I was nerding out
He was turning out art you wouldn't believe

Whether pencil to paper,
Acrylic & hand-brushed,
Charcoal & chalk,
Or watercolor to canvas,

Jordan as a young man
Didn’t have visions of grandeur
He materialized decisions
With precision and stamina

From cartoon-inspired
To realistic landscapes
He emptied cans of paint
Presenting pieces hand-made

Always been ahead of his time
With a history you can't trace
Talent worth far more than
Anyone can pay

Furthermore he holds the torch
To our campaign
We’ll always remain ONE
Traversing TWO different pathways

—CHORUS—

They expected One
But then there were Two
One fair-skinned
Pale in comparison to Two

These Two
Share heritage
Plus eyes of blue

It’s quite a delight
Knowing there are
Two sides to you…

Life meant for One
Yet delivered
One more than

One left, Two right-brained
Out of sorts twins
To this day we take steps
With importance

Him rocking my “Tims"
Me wearing his “Jordans"

—END CHORUS—

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released November 7, 2016
Written by Tim Stiles
Produced by Jay Battle
Original Beat Composition by Tim Stiles
Recorded, Mixed, & Mastered by Jay Battle
@ The Battlefield Seattle, WA

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Tim Stiles is an independent hip-hop artist from Seattle, WA and lead vocalist/rapper of satirical hip-hop band, Passion Party

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