I’ve shared a couple of songs here recently that held special meaning in my life and helped me navigate some of the darker times, and I’ve thought for a while about setting aside one post a week to shine a spotlight on more such songs. So, without further ado, welcome to the debut of “Tuneful Tuesdays.”

Today’s selection, “Throw It All Away,”  is from Toad the Wet Sprocket’s 1997 album Coil. While I’ve always said I’m more of a fan of the band’s previous effort, Dulcinea, Coil actually contains a number of songs which spoke to my cluttered emotions. Cuts such as “Dam Would Break,” “Don’t Fade,” and “Whatever I Fear” wrestle with crises of faith, which is a fairly common occurrence for depressed folks such as myself. The musical style is a little heavier, too, and I’m a sucker for loud guitars.

“Throw It All Away” stands out (in my mind, at least) as the sliver of light in an otherwise fairly bleak collection of songs. There’s a great amount of hopefulness to it, and it actually offers some pretty sound advice, such as:

Take the dreams that should’ve died
The ones that kept you lying awake
When you should’ve been all right
And throw ’em all away

It’s one of those songs I always turn up a little louder in the car and sing along with. I even sang this out with a band once (with all apologies to Glen Phillips). I don’t know if I did a good job, but it sure was fun singing it. So turn it up, raise your voice, “and start again.”

One comment on “Repost: Tuneful Tuesdays

  • Those lines about throwing away dreams that should’ve died sure hit deep — but the big question is which dreams should die and which ones should we hang on to? So many voices scream louder “don’t give up” but if you don’t give anything up you’ll drive yourself crazy. Seth Godin’s “The Dip” is a little book that helped me sort out my ideas.

    Fear, Dulcinea and Coil are all amazing albums, but I’d say they’re all bleak and longing. But how they express those emotions without losing hope is what makes them special — it’s so easy to be cynical and bitter. Songs like “Come Down” and “Little Man, Big Man” hold up the hopeful end on the Coil album.

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