New Music For Old People: Sarah MacIntosh, Keb’ Mo’, Free

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. Sarah MacIntosh – “Did You Know”

Did you know this is not exactly the love song you thought it was? I didn’t. Then I read up on Sarah. This is modern gospel music, white-style. Without knowing that, I found it to be a well-written (albeit not making out half the lyric) song that seemed personal. So if I wasn’t informed, I would have thought it was a well-done love song with a nice melody and a good hook. Now I do know otherwise but I still enjoy listening to it and hope you will too.

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2. Keb’ Mo’ – “Old Me Better”

This is a perfect example of why I am a Kevin Moore fan. What a great lyric. Nice horns. Believable singing and a great hook. This is from his latest presentation BLUESAmericana and as usual I kept a little mo.

3. Free – “The Highway Song”

Well, they ARE my favorite band of all time. I just like how comfortably they wrote and performed it and it is close to my heart as we also covered it on the aforementioned Frankie & Johnny album. But there is nothing like the original version of any song.

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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