As the self-proclaimed “Queen of the 80’s who was born in 1991,” it’s always gutting not to know a band when you hear something you feel you should know.
No clue how I lived my life without ever hearing The Waterboys. But as soon as I heard their song “The Whole of the Moon” I knew I was really hooked. The band is the brain child of Scottish musician Mike Scott. The band’s first single was “A Girl Named Johnny” – a tribute to the goddess Patti Smith. That was enough to convince me that Scott was a Scotsman after my own heart. To be honest, it is probably embarrassing that I’m admitting I don’t know who he is, but you can’t know everything right?
“The Whole of the Moon” is a spectacularly layered piece: piano, drums, then add the violin, cue the gritty voice, some synthy shit, A TRUMPET. God it is good. Just wait because the song just builds. It’s impossible to not feel like your life is moving during this song.
And the lyrics are absolutely perfect:
“I wandered out in the world for years while you just stayed in your room. I saw the crescent. You saw the whole of the moon. You were there in the turnstiles with the wind at your heels. You stretched for the stars, and you know how it feels to reach too high. Too far. Too soon ”
Maybe I’m not actually the queen of anything, but that’s completely fine if that means finding delicious music in the unexpected.