New Music For Old People: Mayer Hawthorne, Peder, Britten

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. Mayer Hawthorne – “Finally Falling”

He came sweeping over the white/soul boundaries and was the talk of the biz. But all of a sudden, all the fans went to Mars (Bruno, that is) and Mayer fell back down to Earth. What fools these mortals be! Here’s one of many reasons why…

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2. Peder – “Ghost of a Smile”

Originally a DJ in Denmark releasing tracks starting around 2007, Peder Pedersen dropped out and made a solo album more of the singer/songwriter persuasion. This is the title track and it was overwhelming for me, as I hear influences of Duke Ellington, John Barry and still more on this creatively original track. I will go back and search for more but this is an excellent starter.

3. Britten – “She”

This lad came out a few years ago with an album that he played and sang all the parts on accompanied by a drum machine. I included one track back then and now it’s surely time for another. Great stuff!

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!

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