Song of the Day #4,738: ‘Starting Now’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

I got a nice surprise in my inbox the other day when a Ticketmaster email delivered the news that Toad the Wet Sprocket would be playing a show in Fort Lauderdale this October.

I quickly snatched up the general admission tickets for me and my wife, and we chuckled at the thought of packing together with a bunch of other aging Gen-Xers to watch one of our favorite 90s bands.

This will be our third time seeing Toad live. The first was in their heyday, the mid-90s, in another Fort Lauderdale club. The second was opening for Counting Crows seven years ago.

I was also excited to learn the band would release their seventh studio album this year, and their first since 2013’s New Constellation. Starting Over doesn’t have a release date yet, but the band has dropped two singles.

This one, the title track, was recorded in the band members’ homes during quarantine. It’s about it never being too late to make things better.

I’ve wasted years
Won’t waste another instant
I fed my fears
With things that haven’t been yet
Well hope don’t mean you sit there
Just waiting for the changes
It’s fighting for the long shot
It’s getting in the trenches

Starting now

All I own
Is borrowed from my children
I’ll leave this world
More bright than when I came in
So starting with the next breath
I’ll dig a little deeper
Live a little kinder
And love a little sweeter

Starting now

The best time to changе
Was many years ago
Next best thing
Is starting whеre we are
If heaven isn’t waiting
If all there is is this
Why wait another minute
To trust the heart and live

Starting now

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,738: ‘Starting Now’ – Toad the Wet Sprocket

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Always nice to see a favorite band from the past making new music and touring. Enjoy the show!

  2. Peg says:

    Always great to have something special to look forward to 😊

  3. Russ Paris says:

    Cool! Hadn’t known about this one. . .

  4. Hunter says:

    you list the album title as starting over, the album is titled “starting now“ which is quite obvious considering the first single as the title track. The tracklist for the album is as follows:

    BAND: TOAD THE WET SPROCKET
    ALBUM: STARTING NOW
    LABEL: STI GROUP/ILS/ABE’S
    RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 27TH

    TRACKLIST:

    01. GAME DAY
    02. TRANSIENT WHALES
    03. BEST OF ME
    04. STARTING NOW
    05. IN THE LANTERN LIGHT
    06. HOLD ON
    07. TRUTH
    08. SLOWING DOWN
    09. DUAL CITIZEN
    10. FEVER

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