Waxing The Aughts (Poetically & Finally)… Remembering Random Spirit Lover by Sunset Rubdown & wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!!!

* Our Community’s Previous Waxings *

Okay. It’s been a fun, fun two weeks of waxing an entire decade. I think we all heard something “new” and maybe even learned a thing or two in the process. Before we launch the final finale of fireworks, I felt that I should wax a smidgen myself on an album that is pretty near and dear to my heart. BUT, before we even head there, let me say a little something, cool?


To our wonderful community, to everyone that contributed their waxings, I just want to say thank you. Thank you for writing the words, no matter how short, long, less-than-perfect grammared, or poetically written, they were all equally perfect and wonderful, as they were just you & real & that makes it that much better. Thank you for all your support over this past year, next year promises to be only bigger & better!!! Much much love for you all!!!!

Okay, now my waxing, then we’ll watch some fireworks and toast in the next 10 years…. Though Baby totally swiped my choice ;) I still had another album I wanted to remember on a bit…

Sunset Rubdown – Random Spirit Love (2007)

Maybe I didn’t think this through. What can I say about this album that we haven’t already said before? Probably nothing, so let me just reiterate what I said then, now. Krug built a masterpiece, not just his masterpiece, A masterpiece. It is a study of tension & resolve, of frenetic energy & sheer beauty. Often it soars way above my head to places I hope to one day understand, but for now I’ll just have to sit back and enjoy. It’s a story, but like many operas and classical pieces, you don’t have to hear the words to watch and be amazed.

I firmly believe that one day many will look back at Random Spirit Lover the way people look back at In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, as the perfect realization of the swirls & colours & visions of a genius/mad man.

I listened again today for the first time in over a year, and it was brand new. The opening guitar line that repeats that suddenly falls into an, yeah, I’ll say it, an orgy of piano smashing insanity. It’s up & down from there, often quiet, often crazy, but never letting you go until the end where Krug thankfully takes it easy on us, giving us an ending, a conclusion, leaving the listener perfectly satisfied.

It’s hard to listen in one sitting at times, it’s that overwhelming, but if you do, the pay-off is worth it. Thank you Krug, thank you Sunset Rubdown, and again, thank you to our wonderful community (for everything).

1. “The Mending of the Gown”
2. “Magic vs. Midas”
3. “Up on Your Leopard, Upon the End of Your Feral Days”
4. “The Courtesan Has Sung”
5. “Winged/Wicked Things”
6. “Colt Stands Up, Grows Horns” –
7. “Stallion”
8. “For the Pier (and Dead Shimmering)”
9. “The Taming of the Hands That Came Back to Life”
10. “Setting vs. Rising”
11. “Trumpet, Trumpet, Toot! Toot!”
12. “Child-Heart Losers”

Some Sun Rub Link Love…
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I hope everyone enjoyed the waxings as much as I did, but alas, it’s time to say goodbye to the aughts and once again look forward to all the new adventures (musical and otherwise) coming up. Let’s say goodbye/hello in proper form, shall we, with some fireworks all set to the tune (for no apparent reason) to Neil Diamonds “Coming To America” (wrong holiday, I know, what of it).





Ah Ooo..

OOOooooo Aaaah Oooooooo HOORAY!!!!


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