Song of the Day, November 5: Waking the Lion by Spirit of the West

SotWWeightLionToday’s song is Waking the Lion by Spirit of the West. After the band’s eighth album and supporting tour, long-time member Linda McRae left the band. The remaining quartet regrouped in Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre’s studio, brought in a number of friends — including members of Fairport Convention and the Wonder Stuff — and assembled the fine 1997 release Weights and Measures. It brings their traditional roots back to the musical foreground to delightful effect. Waking the Lion is based on a real train trip, departing Scotland, in many ways their spiritual home. It’s a great mix of gritty realism and renewed energy, and the instrumental work nicely mimics the feel of the locomotive. The Scottish lion roars quietly as the band celebrate their roots and their future.

Enjoy this lovely song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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