New Music For Old People: Donna De Lory, Under the Influence of Giants, Jillette Johnson

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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. Donna De Lory- “Bathe In These Waters”

Well, I learned a lot from researching this artist. I always thought her influence was New Age. I was diametrically mistaken, because Donna gained fame working for — MADONNA! She danced and sang backup on the Who’s That Girl Tour in 1987 and the Blonde Ambition Tour in 1990. Her father was Al De Lory, the famous keyboardist, producer and arranger best known for Capitol artists Glen Campbell and The Lettermen. She also sang backup on the road with Ray Parker Jr., Carole King, Carly Simon, and Julian Lennon, to name but a few. I have always liked this track since it came out in 2009 but it never fit into the column until now. This is good songwriting, singing, arranging and production.

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2. Under the Influence of Giants – “Stay Illogical”

This is quite good. If ya liked Squeeze, you’re gonna love this if ya give it a minute. I also suggest “Meaningless Love” (the track) by them as well. This came out in 2006 and they formed in LA. Jamin Wilcox (drums, keyboards) is the son of Willie Wilcox, drummer for Utopia and also Hall & Oates back in the day. Their self-titled debut album is a great place to start if ya want more. They will take you back to the good old daze.

3. Jillette Johnson – “Box of Crayons”

Imagine the lyric of “My Coloring Book” as seen through the music and eyes of Tori Amos and then listen to this. This grew on me little by little. I think there’s something here, but it is early in Jillette’s career. This is her first album out now and she’s just started going through the on-the-road lifestyle which should produce some inspiration for her obviously abundant talents. Keep an ear out for her. I don’t have to mention an eye if you’ve seen her photo.

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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