Do you remember the song "Closing Time" by the group Semisonic?   It was the band’s most popular song, reaching #1 on Modern Rock Tracks, and was nominated for the1999 Grammy Award for Best Rock Song.  It has one of my most favorite lines in any song:  Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. Actually as I was researching for this posting, I discovered that the line which I love so much is attributed to a quote by Seneca.   The song, written by Dan Wilson and produced by Nick Launay, can be found on the CD  Feeling Strangely Fine.  Although the band did not win the Grammy that year, Dan Wilson went on to take home a Grammy in 2007 for Song Of The Year for "Not Ready To Make Nice" which he co-wrote with the Dixie Chicks and which they released on the CD Taking The Long Way.

When asked what the song "Closing Time" is about  Dan Wilson responded: 

I thought of the first verse of Closing Time pretty much all at once while playing the guitar. The chorus too (it’s only one line). I was trying to write a song for the end of our sets, to say, "Goodnight, get out, we love you but we’re done," to the fans. But it turned into something else, the first verse about times I’ve been in a bar at the end of the night trying to get up the courage to talk to a woman. The next verse I tried a bunch of ideas and then a week or so later I thought of the idea of being "bounced" from the womb and being born.   (

In the book  So You Wanna be a Rock & Roll Star, Semisonic’s drummer, Jacob Slichter, says that the song was written partly about a precarious pregnancy Dan Wilson’s wife was going through.

Weird Al Yankovic used the chorus of  "Closing Time" as the closing to his parody song entitled "Polka Power"  from his 1999 CD Running with Scissors.  Semisonic is one among many bands/musical artists whose songs are contained in the medley .  Among the other artists whose songs are included on "Polka Power" are: the Spice Girls, Harvey Danger, the Backstreet Boys, Smash Mouth, the Beastie Boys, Chumbawamba, Madonna, Matchbox Twenty, Third Eye Blind, Marilyn Manson, Hanson and Marcy Playground.  

Semisonic, while officially never breaking up, have not performed publicly together since 2008.  All that is about to change on October 8th, 2010, however as the band comes together to perform a benefit concert for live sound and recording engineer Brad Kern, who was the victim of a hit and run accident while biking.  While Brad is expected to make a complete recovery, he did have extensive injuries as a result of the accident and has not been able to return to work.  The proceeds from the concert will help with his medical bills and lost income.  

The lineup for this concert is an impressive tour de force of local Minnesota bands. Headlining with Semisonic are the Hang Ups (led by Brian Tighe of the Owls and Star Folk).  Other featured musical artists and bands scheduled to perform at this concert are:  Mason Jennings, the Twilight Hours and Two Harbors.

Here are details for the show:

A Benefit For Brad Kern

Friday, October 8, 2010
First Avenue Mainroom
701 First Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1327
Phone 612 332-1775

$22.50 advance/$24.00 doors
18+ show
6:30pm Doors


 Sounds like a great concert! I’d sure love to go to this one …. if you are anywhere near the Minneapolis area and go please let me know how it was! Blessings of love and peace to all involved with this special concert and affirming a very speedy recovery to Brad Kern.