I last featured Toad the Wet Sprocket way back at Song of the Day #18 during a theme week dedicated to my courtship with Alex (such an old-fashioned word, courtship, but it’s a good one).
‘Fly From Heaven’ is the lead-off track on Dulcinea, Toad’s follow-up to Fear. Those two albums are wonderful pieces of work, with Dulcinea getting the edge by a bit because it’s a more focused and mature record. This song is one of my favorites from that CD.
It’s funny how some artists grow up with you while others get frozen in time. Elvis Costello, say, has been with me from college through my professional life, from single through married with kids. And I’ve seen him go from indie rock to baroque pop to chamber music to country blues and on and on. We’ve evolved together.
But Toad the Wet Sprocket is forever associated in my mind with the early 90s, those years after I met Alex and before we got married. The band broke up shortly thereafter and I never listened to them obsessively after the mid-90s, so they’ve turned into an aural time machine.
And that’s a pretty wonderful thing — the ability to slip a CD into your stereo and essentially slip back in time. It’s one of the greatest gifts a song has to offer.