That Sunday evening, we had dinner (Supply & Demand, which was decent even if they forgot our pizza and served us a very crappy parfait) and watched the marvellous Neko Case perform. It was the last-ever evening of the Mosaic Music Festival in “its current format” and we think we ended all these years of Mosaic gigs on a high note.
Neko has the most amazing voice. The three of us came down to the stall area from our cheap seats, stood maybe 200 metres from the stage and watched her sing our favourite songs. Love.
The Wallflowers are, surprisingly, back. The band never regained the commercial success of One Headlight and the reference/ comparison to Jakob’s father was and is just plain tiresome. But I like the Wallflowers, and I will always remember those days in 2000/ 2001 when the Breach album was on rotation in my room. The bareness of it all, the morose, husky Jakob Dylan singing, traversing introspection, neurosis, and a little of angry angst. The album grew on me, and I guess it is not always the case that one has the time and space to put an album on repeat.
So, 2012 and The Wallflowers have come up with their first album in 7 years. You can google for reviews and see if you want to pay for an album. It should be cheaper on iTunes but I like album sleeves; I like to have lyrics in my hand. You can take a listen on their website.
So, the songs that spoke to me on this album: Love Is A Country, Constellation Blues and First One In The Car.
This is from Love Is A Country:
I’m watching the clouds overwhelming the evening sun
It’s just after lightning and before thunder comes
When nothing really happens and suddenly then it does
Love is a country better served with someone
It seems that lyrical sense and dare I say, genius, still stay with the younger Dylan.