New Music For Old People: Churchill, Jeff Lynne, Meg Love/Vernon Garrett

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. “Change” — Churchill

Other than the guitar squeaks in the quiet first verse, this is pretty much a perfect hit single including mandolin leads. They seem to have figured out how to sell records and be musically rewarding as well. Bethany Kelly has a fine commercial voice and mandolinist Mike Morter knows exactly what to do. They’re from Denver, by the way.

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2. “Blown Away” — Jeff Lynne

Not the alpha, BUT the beta Beatle shows off what he can do anytime he gets ready. I think this is about 20 years old, but for understanding and replicating Lennon and Harrison, this is pretty damn good. Heard it again by accident the other day and just wanted to share it. Besides, it’s raining (and snowing) all over the world.

3. “Satisfied Woman/Satisfied Man” — Meg Love/Vernon Garrett

It took me a few minutes, but Google says the maniac bassist on this vintage mid-’70s track is Billy Ray Charles. Never heard of him but I have heard this bassline in my dreams many times. This is a classic soul record and it takes me back instantly with each listen. While young and old are seduced by hit hop and rapped, I like to occasionally throw in old men’s sounds. Wadda ya expect from a grandparent?

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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