Emotional Muscle, Music and Becoming Better at Getting What You Want

So what we desire in life is good experiences.  And we can’t create what we don’t have the capacity to create. It’s because of our “emotional muscle.”  Just like a real undeveloped muscle can’t lift heavy weights, an undeveloped emotional muscle have a hard time feeling strong emotions. For example, it’s …

Toad the Wet Sprocket “Dulcinea” Review

The cryptically named Dulcinea (named after a character in Don Quixote) seems to correct Toad’s trajectory from where they left off in Pale.  It might have been a reaction to the overtly lush and known-to-be-more-optimistic-than-it-is Fear,  which, despite its success, seems like a slight detour in the hindsight.  More idiosyncratic with darker edges pushed forefront, …

Toad the Wet Sprocket “Fear” Review

Fear is Toad the Wet Sprocket’s coming-of-age album, one where they graduated from woodshedding of the first two albums (which aren’t without their charms) to a fully-formed artist.  And what an artistry it is.  2016 marks the 25th anniversary of its release, but a quarter-century hasn’t resulted in the album sounding aged at …

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 …