Many songs are written about the most important and profound issues we face… love, loss, the search for meaning, that sort of stuff. A song that touches people on that level is a special thing indeed.
But far less ambitious songs can be special, too.
Toad the Wet Sprocket has released its share of both kinds of songs. In particular, Dulcinea (their best album) is a wonderful mix of depth and frivolity. On the one hand, the album is named after Don Quixote’s lover and features a song called ‘Windmills’ that explores that novel’s most famous metaphor.
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.
Yesterday’s post might give the impression that music hasn’t played an important role in my relationship with my wife. That’s far from the case. So I’m dedicating the next five days to songs that are inexorably tied to our courtship.
Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Fear came out a year before I met Alex, but I’ll forever associate it with the summer of ’92.