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Grammy winner Dan Wilson plays his '90s hit "Closing Time"

Semisonic lead singer Dan Wilson has written hits with Adele, T-Swift and Weezer, and has a new album, "Recovered"


Rachel Leah
September 29, 2017 11:00PM (UTC)

"I've worked with a lot of really brilliant people," Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum songwriter Dan Wilson said on "Salon Stage." "Some of those really brilliant people are extremely well-known — famous people. But some of the really brilliant people I've worked with, not a lot of people have heard of. Music is a real equalizer among people; if you have an ability and a vibe, that comes through in your music, you can almost collaborate with anybody."

Wilson has authored songs with some of the music industry's giants: Adele, Nas, Taylor Swift, John Legend, Weezer, Dixie Chicks. There are many others. But on Wilson's new album "Recovered," he reimagines songs from various points in his career — songs he wrote for himself while in the rock band Semisonic and songs he penned for others. On "Salon Stage," he performed the album's final track: "Closing Time."

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"I love the lyrics of 'Closing Time,'" Wilson said, "and I like that line 'every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end,' and I don't know where that came from. In fact, none of the things that I really like in my songs — I usually can't place where they come from. Some of the lines that I like best about my songs are the lines that my collaborators wrote."

As an artist and songwriter, Wilson deeply values collaboration, at least when it's mutual. "If I'm going to collaborate with someone to write a song, I want them to already have written a great song without me," he said. "Not to feel like oh, they need me to make a great song, more like we can come together as two people that have already done good work and make something really great, because we can put those talents together."

Watch Wilson's  full "Salon Stage" set on Facebook.

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Rachel Leah

Rachel Leah is a culture writer for Salon. You can follow her on Twitter: @rachelkleah.

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