I Can't Wait w/ Brent Amaker and the Rodeo





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Published on Apr 20, 2012

Brent Amaker and the Rodeo perform "I Can't Wait" by Ric Ocasek. Photos from 2011 European tour. Photos taken by Johnny Podhradsky.


It was a few months after the last Brent Amaker and the Rodeo tour (Europe 2011), that I found myself up late one night. I was no longer on "tour time". I was firmly entrenched in the world of the day walkers. But me & the Mrs. had guests visiting. In the spirit of being good hosts we found ourselves back in that old familiar routine; An all night marathon of music, drinks, and good conversation.

I was rummaging through my collection of 1980s' new wave records when it happened. I skipped past The Cars and found a Ric Ocasek solo LP from 1983. I'm not sure why I pulled it out of the pile, but I did. I couldn't remember anything about this record. I put it on the platter and about two-thirds of the way through the first side, I stumbled onto something amazing. It was amazing for me, anyhow. I couldn't stop listening. I got up from the couch at least 10 times to move the needle and repeat the song. Eventually I was singing it under my breath because I couldn't get it out of my head. It gets blurry after that, but in that instant, somewhere around 4AM, I listened. Nothing I had previously heard on this record seemed even slightly remarkable. But suddenly, I heard magic. I believe that this was one of those unique moments in space and time. I was meant to see and hear the beauty in this song. I fell asleep with this thought in my head.

The next afternoon the record was still spinning with the needle skipping. A piece of paper was lying on the floor next to the turntable. On the paper was a hand written note. It was written by me. The note said "Brent Amaker and the Rodeo must record I CAN'T WAIT by Ric Ocasek". Who am I to argue with my late night drunk self? Immediately that week I scheduled time in the studio with The Rodeo. Our new bass player, Johnny Nails, engineered the track. This song won't be on our new record (Year of the Dragon - Fall 2012). It only exists because I told myself to make it so. Nevertheless, Spark and Shine wants to release "I Can't Wait" as a digital single. So here it is. It doesn't require much effort to understand it. I hope it finds it's way to Mr. Ocasek one day. That would sweet.


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