Song of the Day #993: ‘Windmills’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

My wife’s car comes with an electronic woman who talks to us. She is the voice of the SYNC technology that runs the radio. We tell her “Play track ‘In My Life'” or “Play artist Justin Bieber” and she replies “Playing track ‘In My Life'” or “Playing artist Justin Bieber.”

We used to think she was a lesbian because when we set her to random, she always played songs by Sarah McLachlan and Indigo Girls. We’ve since changed up the list of songs fed into the system and now she doesn’t seem like a lesbian anymore.

We almost always leave her on random. It’s like having a radio station that pulls from 4MB of your own personal favorites. But even though all of the songs in the system are songs we’ve deliberately put there, I often find myself skipping from one random track to the next until I hit something I feel like hearing.

It’s not that I don’t like the songs I skip. I’m usually just not in the mood to hear them right then. Maybe they’re too hard or too soft, or it’s the third time that particular song has come up in the last hour.

But every time our car offers up a Toad the Wet Sprocket song, I listen. That fact struck me one day and it has held true ever since. I’m never not in the mood to hear one of their songs. I’m not sure why that is, but take it to the bank.

I was excited to hear recently that Toad will be playing SunFest this year (that’s the big annual music festival in my area). As of December, they’ve officially reunited and are working on material for a new album, which will be their first in 15 years. I can’t wait, and neither can the woman in my car.

I spend too much time raiding windmills
We go side by side
Laughing until it’s right

There’s something that you won’t show
Waiting where the light goes

Take the darkest hour – break it open
Water to repair what we have broken

There’s something that you won’t show
Waiting where the light goes
Baby anywhere the wind blows
It’s all worth waiting for

Pull on the borders to lighten the load
Tell all the passengers we’re going home

I spend too much time seeking shelter
World without end couldn’t hold her

There’s something that you won’t show
Waiting where the light goes
Maybe anywhere the wind blows
It’s all worth waiting for

Anywhere the wind blows

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #993: ‘Windmills’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

  1. Dana says:

    I actually do the same random listening on my IPod when on a plane and, like you, will skip through certain songs, though, at times, it is because they are artists who found my way into the library from your collection or they are kids’ songs. There are a handful of these inherited artists, however, that I always leave on and Toad is one of them. Others include Beck, Ron Sexsmith, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright to name just a few others. So, I can appreciate what you are saying. There is a quality and mood about Toad’s music that generally draws you in.

    Now, just out of curiosity, if your car had GPS and was programmed to take you to SunFest, would lesbian car voice take you to Lilith Fair instead?

  2. Amy says:

    I couldn’t name a Toad the Wet Sprocket song if my life depended on it, yet I find myself loving today’s SOTD.

    As for the music listening experiment… I think I’m too much of a control freak to truly enjoy listening to music that way. I very much like to create playlists for different occasions (a particular event, a “drive to school” mix that accounts for both the my musical taste and the kids, and so on), but just leaving in on random allows for way too much freedom on the part of whatever digital brain is opting for Fiona Apple, followed by Aimee Mann, followed by Rufus Wainwright. I don’t want to have to skip that many times 😉

  3. Clay says:

    Where’s that randomizer? Sign me up! 🙂

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