Yep, it’s that time of the week again – Wilson Wednesday, and today we look at the work of Dan Wilson. Well its Wednesday here, and if i have done my sums right it should have just ticked over to Wednesday in the UK.
Dan Wilson is the lead singer of the band Semisonic, a 90’s alternative rock band best known for this track.
Closing Time, which was penned by Dan himself, at the surface seems to be a simple, albeit great, song about a pub at closing time. (“closing time, one last call for alcohol so finish your whisky or beer.”) However, there are a number of other theories that indicate that perhaps there is more to this track than meets the eye. Namely, it is thought to be written about Wilson’s impending fatherhood and the pub closing time is actually a metaphor for the birth of the baby and encouragement to leave the womb! It earned a Grammy nomination, for Best Rock song.
However, it is Wilson’s songwriting talents that I want to further explore today, in particular some tracks that he co-wrote. For example, did you know that he co-wrote this song?
Not Ready to Make Nice – the Dixie Chicks
And did you know he also co-wrote this obscure little track that you have probably never even heard of?
Someone Like You – Adele
Over to you – should it be closing time for Dan Wilson, or is someone like you ready to make nice?