Minneapolis band Semisonic produced one of the best closing time songs of all time, “Closing Time.” Lead guitarist and singer Dan Wilson wrote it in 1998, later explaining that the song contained his reflections on fatherhood. Its chorus quotes the first century Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger: “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
Tom Waits’ debut album, Closing Time, was released twenty years earlier, ending with an evocative instrumental. His third album, Small Change, also ended with a closing time tune, “I Can’t Wait to Get Off Work,” which includes the lovely image of Waits dancing with a broom.
We’re not sure why, but for years our favorite closing time tune around here has ben the last song on the first album by Wizards Are Real. It’s one of the reasons we’ve twice asked them to close our block party on Record Store Day (the other reason being that they’re one of our favorite local bands). We’re pretty excited they’ll have a new record out this summer.