Song of the Day #5,384: ‘When Our Love Was New’ – Ron Sexsmith

A couple of weeks ago, I joked that I would put Random Weekends on hiatus and return to the controversial Ron Sexsmith Weekends of yesteryear.

But the more I thought about it, I couldn’t understand why weekends dedicated to a talented, thoughtful singer-songwriter should be a laugh-worthy concept. Sexsmith is an undeniably great songwriter, one held in high esteem by fellow artists even as he toils in relative obscurity commercially. He is exactly the sort of performer who deserves a wider platform.

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Song of the Day #5,220: ‘Hard Bargain’ – Ron Sexsmith

Continuing my look at 2004, first by counting down my own top ten albums of that year.

#8 – Ron Sexsmith – Retriever

I’ve given Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith a bit of a hard time over his consistency and productivity.

He’s been putting out a solid album every year or two for 30 years, an enviable track record for any artist. But there’s a sameness to his style that makes all of those albums run together after awhile.

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Song of the Day #5,203: ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ – Ron Sexsmith

The Random iTunes Fairy must have felt bad for last week’s post calling Ron Sexsmith a “no-hit wonder.” She has brought him back for an encore performance just eight days later.

Today’s track is from the 2008 album Exit Strategy of the Soul. It’s one of Sexsmith’s more sonically interesting albums, adding horns to most tracks and getting a little more experimental in its production. That doesn’t apply to today’s selection, though, which is a pretty straightforward ballad.

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Song of the Day #5,195: ‘Heart’s Desire’ – Ron Sexsmith

After my series on second hits by one-hit wonders, frequent commenter Dana suggested I feature some artists who have had long career despite never having a single hit. It’s a good idea I will add to the list.

In the meantime, the Random iTunes Fairy has made one such selection today, offering up a song from Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith’s 2002 album Cobblestone Runway.

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Song of the Day #5,104: ‘Before the Light is Gone’ – Ron Sexsmith

Canadian singer-songwriter is nothing if not prolific. He has averaged a new album every year and a half over the course of his 27-year career.

Today’s random selection comes from his 13th studio release, 2015’s Carousel One. Perhaps no track better illustrates Sexsmith’s relentlessness as a songwriter than this one, which is about him not being able to leave the house because he’s too busy writing new songs.

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