PLAYLIST FOR THE APOCALYPSE – Robert G. Wertzler

Percy Bysshe Shelley – Ozymandias

Quicksilver Messenger Service – Pride Of Man

The Doors – This Is The End

William Butler Yeats – The Second Coming

Giuseppe Verdi – Requiem Mass, Deus Ire

Buffy Sainte-Marie – Lyke Wake Dirge

Mark Twain – The War Prayer

Gustav Holst – The Planets – Mars, Bringer Of War

Mimi & Richard Fariña – Bold Marauder

Robbie Robertson – Hell’s Half Acre

Joni Mitchell – The Beat Of Black Wings

Robbie Robertson – Showdown At Big Sky

Pete Seeger – Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

Jefferson Airplane – The House On Pooneil Corners

William Blake – A Poison Tree

Leonard Cohen – The Future

The Eagles – Hotel California

The Doors – Riders On The Storm

Richard Wagner – Götterdämmerung – Twilight of the gods

Carl Sandburg – Four Preludes on Playthings of the Wind

Theodore Bikel – Digging the Weans

Edgar Allen Poe – The Masque Of The Red Death

Dylan Thomas – Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Phil Ochs – No More Songs

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash


Bob Wertzler is retired from almost twenty years in the mental health field in California and Arizona. There are times the title, “Recovering Therapist”, seems to fit. In 2006 he retired to move to Western North Carolina to help and become primary care giver for his father who had developed Dementia. Before all that, there was work at various times as a soldier (US Army 1967-70), community organizer, cab driver, welfare case worker, wooden toy maker, carpenter, warehouse worker, and other things. He relates to a line in a Grateful Dead song, “What a long, strange trip its been.”

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