New Music For Old People: Joe Henderson, Matt Nathanson, Sara Bareilles

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. “Snap Your Fingers” — Joe Henderson

In the battle of the powerful once-in-a-while resonant vocal LOW note, Brook Benton won the popularity contest, but this track from a gentleman from Mississippi holds up pretty damn well. This was the only hit for poor Joe from 1962, who deserved much more than dying at age 27 from a heart attack in 1964. Thankfully, this track seems to have a long life of its own.

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2. “Kinks Shirt” — Matt Nathanson

This guy has hidden from me since his first release in 1993! He had a single that sold almost two million copies that snuck past old hip Al. He’s had dozens of songs on dozens of TV series (not that I watch that many) and somehow avoided my curious ears until his album Last of the Great Pretenders came out. This song cracked me up — a paean to a young lady in a Kinks T-shirt. Now I have to go back and catch up. Meanwhile here’s the first one I ever heard by Matt.

3. “I Choose You” — Sara Bareilles

Conversely, I’ve heard a great deal of Sara since her debut a few years ago. This is from her album The Blessed Unrest, and it’s a great song very well sung. My secret hope is that she’ll record a duet with Grace Potter sometime. Those two voices together? Endless possibilities. A tour together might have already taken place for all I know.

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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