New Music For Old People: Brad Kane, Simplified, Boz Scaggs



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. Brad Kane – “Longer”

And speaking of talent, Brad Caleb Kane, born in 1973, has a diverse and impressive resume as an actor, writer, composer and singer. Best known as the singing voice of Aladdin in the various Disney animation films, he also acted in films such as The Flamingo Kid and State Troopers, wrote episodes of one of my favorite TV series (Fringe), and acted on TV in Law & Order, One Life to Live, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Sesame Street and numerous others. On Broadway he acted in A Winter’s Tale, Sunday in the Park With George, Evita, She Loves Me, and he married actress Sarah Thompson in 2007. Oh, yeah — he composed and sang an album called This Day In History as Brad Caleb Kane in 2008. This is from that album and as a lyricist, I especially enjoyed his lyric “I don’t know why I came here tonight to listen to you tell me what I didn’t do right / I don’t think I can listen to this sh*t much longer…” I wish I wrote that.

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2. Simplified – “Getting Home”

Here is this week’s pseudo-metal track. A mostly southeastern US band from South Carolina, you can tell they play other kinds of music as this is obviously not a dedicated metal band. BUT it’s a catchy little track and it has its moments.

3. Boz Scaggs – “I’ll Be the One”

This is a good track to explain what Scaggs is best at. That lazy R&B tempo and feel and great singing and songwriting are the trademarks, and this is a favorite of mine that seems to fit in well here this week.

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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