Words by Sean Moeller, Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry
There are many times when a man or a woman needs to show their canine teeth, as MiWi La Lupa tells us on his album, "New Way Home." It's when the kindhearted and gentle souls are stirred into foaming at the mouth animals, when they've been pushed or kicked one time too many. Everyone has their breaking point and when it's reached, there's no way to predict what will happen next. Very few people want to be mean. They'd rather not kick dirt and just stay on the side of good, with their coffees, crossed legs and casual, passing observations. They'd rather not cause any trouble, but sometimes you're left with no choice and actions cannot be stifled. You've just had enough. La Lupa's frustrations come out on this album, but so does his honest touch and his attention to a tenderness that's never far from the surface, even in the darkest of moments. There are plenty of fights that don't ever need to happen, but those that do often happen out of passion, many out of love and fear.
A song like "Once Took A Day," gives us a man who ultimately concludes what we probably all have to get to at some point and that's that we're but specks. Our insignificance and the insignificance of everything we do or that's done to us is overwhelming. It's impossible to deny and still we can be moved and we can move. Somehow, and beautifully, we'll never be convinced of our insignificance. This song runs down a list of things -- people, possessions, voices, etc. -- and how frighteningly quickly they were forgotten about, attained or packed up. Yet, everything occupied time. Everything had its place and its point and there's something very settling there. Our fights and our restlessness are always meaningful.
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