Day 7. Influential albums.
Dead Moon / Hard Wired in Ljubljana
What can I say about Dead Moon's album Hard Wired in Ljubljana? I'll keep it simple. Most double albums could be pared down to one, or even an EP. This one...no way. It's perfect.
I came across this live double album in 2000. My band of many years had broken up recently. Some friendships disintegrated. Many people were moving out of the city I lived in. I joined other bands. I made other friends. I moved in with a man. Changes.
Toody and Fred held a mirror up to what I was experiencing at the time. Life was full of love. Life was hard. Life was a good, wild ride. Life knocks hard. That's ok. There's only one other choice.
Hard Wired in Ljubljana was in the mix at this transformative time. Fronted by a wife/husband (Toody and Fred Cole, bass and guitar respectively) and Andrew Loomis (drums). A live show in Slovenia. Beautiful energy. Love the raw sound. Love the lyrics. Love this band.
Dead Moon pointed to a way free of cynicism and haughtiness so prevalent in the arts.
They were wonderful live. I was filled with wonder every time I saw them. They transformed a club into a sacred space. They had love for each other, which they wore in the open. Their fans loved them. They loved their fans back. It was sacred grace what they did.
I crank Hard Wired in Ljubljana. Loud. I sing along. I cry. I dance. I laugh.