Toad the Wet Sprocket’s “Architect of the Ruin” and Our Role in That Demise

As a fan since the 90’s I still mourn the passing of the mysterious and abrasive Toad from the pre-hiatus days (“Amnesia” anyone?) but the post-hiatus Toad seems to make up for it with ample wisdom that they now infuse into their songs.  Their latest EP’s title track is no …

Song Reflections: Audioslave “Be Yourself”

“To be yourself is all that you can do” is how the song goes, but that’s more a wish than reality for many of us.  In many social circumstances, we are at best showing selective smaller bits of who we are, while in others we downright compromise and reduce ourselves …

Song Reflections: Nickel Creek “This Side”

Nickel Creek’s title track from its second album may have the most generic title, but the song is anything but.  An understated song about the journey to break out of the mold, the story is told with inventive metaphors and fresh imageries that achieve a good balance between clarity and …

Song Reflections: Dada “Time Is Your Friend”

Be here now, be present.  That’s a common wisdom (almost a cliche at this point) from the modern self improvement/personal development literature, but you can get inspired to apply that wisdom to your life with this rock anthem from Dada.  Unfortunately Dada didn’t concern themselves with this sort of introspection …

Song Reflections: Fair to Midland “Musical Chairs”

“Musical Chairs” — people taking turns, always moving, trying not to miss out on a chair.  This is a cautionary tale of sorts, of what it can feel like, chasing the tails of the latest trends or following the crowd.  “The right of way is a wild goose chase” — the rat chase of trying to stay ahead, sticking to what’s proven and reliable — it may leave you feeling bewildered and restless.

There are some things that don’t change, that don’t need to change.  And knowing who or what you are, and sticking to it no matter what — there is a great sense of focus, comfort and strength in that.  “I’m just a stick in the mud” he says, and I admire him for that.