My Year of Concerts™: Toad the Wet Sprocket

July 12, 2023

The whole purpose of #MyYearOfConcerts is to focus on what really matters in life and not take the good things for granted. Which made last night perfect, because Cari and I went to see Toad the Wet Sprocket in Spokane — a band that was super popular during the early years of our marriage and will always be special to us.

Well, they have a ballad called “I Will Not Take These Things For Granted” that I’ve loved for 30+ years but never heard live. As you can imagine, it REALLY hit different last night. In the song, Glen lists things to not take for granted…

  • flowers in the garden
  • laughter in the hall
  • children in the park
  • music in the bedroom
  • dive into the ocean*
  • singing by the fire
  • running through the forest
  • standing in the wind
  • the rolling canyons

*ironic, given my accident last year, huh?!? 🙂

That was the last song they played and a perfect cap to a great show.

Toad is one of the all-time underrated bands and they have loads of perfect 3-4 minute pop songs. Was great to see them up close in a little, 750-seat theater.

And best news of all: Cari, who’s had a crush on the lead singer all these years, didn’t hop on the band’s bus after the show and head to Seattle with them! Whew!

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