gh wrote:After going to a Leonard Cohen concert last night (two 1.5-hour sets at age 78!), I'm reminded that he's right up there with Dylan as a poet.
Oh, and what a voice! (although some would construe it as lack thereof)
I have always liked Leonard Cohen (when I was growing up we had a album or two from him, circa 1960). I think his recordings of late are a little too late for even his voice, however, and I prefer ones from at least the 1990s.
TN1965 wrote:And there have been plenty of great singer-songwriters in the last 20 years, just like in 60s and 70s. While it is true that you have to search for them, it is also far easier to search today compared to '60s and '70s.
In my experience not remotely true, I still say singer/song writers is today mostly a lost art.
Then that means you are not searching hard enough. And that's okay. You don't have to.
Three "singer-songwriters" (though they all play with back-up bands!) of the past 20 years....all women....are....
Alanis Morissette (Had MEGA-best selling CD --Jagged Little Pill--in 1995, and several CD's since. Writes mainly of love gone bad....with anger and retribution in her stark and eloquent lyrics.
Sheryl Crow has been around since the early 90's, I believe, and is fairly well known. She, IMO, has had a hit-or-miss career....and was once intimately aligned with Lance Armstrong!! My favorite song of hers is "Everyday is a Winding Road"....and I love the CD that song was on.
The third is Lucinda Williams...now close to 60 years old (57 or 58??)...whose biggest selling CD was "Car Wheels On a Gravel Road"!! There's a great 2-disc CD of a live concert she played at the Fillmore in SF in the late 90's!! A must....it includes versions of most of her "greatest hits" from the 90's. Her latest CD came out earlier this year.
Conor Oberts (Bright Eyes), Adele, David Gray, Taylor Swift, Jewel, Amy Winehouse, Norah Jones, Ryan Adams, Tori Amos, Matt Nathanson and a boatload of others.
The issue isn't that singer songwriters aren't around. It's that the music industry is so fractured in the presentation that we are basically limited to our own soundtrack.
rsb2 wrote:If you can't find something to like within the length and breadth of "country" music, you need counselling, or perhaps you are beyond help!
Where and when it intersects pop/rock, I like it, but REAL country music? Not so much. When I'm flipping stations in the car, as soon as I hear a fiddle or a whiny slide guitar (as opposed to what Eddie or Keith can do), or 'my dog, Blue', I'm outta there!!
Dr. Marlow, I presume, of course musical appreciation has a considerable subjective element attached. But, just to gently joust, you could listen to country music for many hours without a mention of a dog, or a pickup truck for that matter. Also, I would suggest that the best country pickers and players, of whatever instrument, are extremely good and would rank with the best instrumentalists of any genre, regardless of whether You like that particular sound or not... just sayin' !
rsb2 wrote:I would suggest that the best country pickers and players, of whatever instrument, are extremely good and would rank with the best instrumentalists of any genre, regardless of whether You like that particular sound or not... just sayin' !
Totally agree. The same could be said, of course, of almost every genre. One of the best musicians I ever saw was playing bluegrass. Cellists to fiddlers, it's all good!
Lots of good discussion re: music preferences in this thread...but I have to say it's interesting (and slightly frustrating to me) that, except for the first of 86 responses, no one really addressed the thesis of my post!