New Music For Old People: Leonard Cohen, Tweedy, John Mellencamp



Al Kooper

Al Kooper

This column is like the title says — its intention is to fill the gap for those of us who were satiated musically in the ’60s and then searched desperately as we aged for music we could relate to and get the same buzz from nowadaze. iTunes was the answer for me in 2003 and I have been following the new releases every Tuesday ever since I realized there was an endless stream of music I could enjoy there.

I also include older items that I felt were obscure originally and might not have been heard back then. The reason I am writing this column is to make sure others don’t miss this wonderful music. These are not top ten items; but they SHOULD’VE been!

1. Leonard Cohen – “Slow”

Ah, Lennie’s back and he’s taking his damned time with this one, a paean to unhurriedness. His voice has marinated over the years into a basso profundo that easily identifies him in an instant. I wonder if he didn’t pontificate over Brook Benton’s bottom range in the ’60s as a future role model. This is a typical Leonard lyric, never wasting a word. I hope I am this together in ten years when I hopefully can navigate 80 years of age as gracefully as this.

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2. Tweedy – “Low Key”

The Wilco wizard takes time out to make an album with “my-son-the-drummer.” This track stands out to me and I quite enjoy it as I roll my fingers on the tabletop waiting for Jeff to birth the next Wilco product. Meanwhile… are you weedy for Tweedy?

3. John Mellencamp – “Troubled Man”

This stuck out to me in a time when I scratch my head whilst Mellencamping — it kinda follows the Dylan direction in a good way if that’s the route John wishes to tread. Time will tell…

This column originally appeared on The Morton Report. Click for more great selections from Al Kooper! As always, show some love to the Morton Report!

Photo Credit: Joe Mabel [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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