To me the last three studio albums seem to have a lot in common….. I know you will like what you hear.
I would say you have gotten to know me pretty well in this regard!
As you would guess, I am thrilled
with Old Ideas, to put it mildly. (!!)
Likewise, I doubt if it comes as any surprise that Darkness is my very favorite. As soon as I heard the opening guitar, it had me. And the lyrics got me too… his voice when he sings “…Just drink it up” is so awesome.
Or maybe my favorite is Crazy to Love You (I know…again with the guitar) I loved the lyrics where he sings about wanting to head for the highway and “I’m old and the mirrors don’t lie”. I appreciate how he repeated my favorite line, “Her braids and her blouse all undone”, but of course the song is much too short.
I am also in love with the song Lullaby. This one might have something to do with the fact that as I was listening to it for the first time, I was lying on my back under some pine trees with my new headphones on and a few white clouds passing overhead. It was the perfect setting for that song, and for the entire album.
These are just my first impressions though, and I know I will have even more favorites on this one.
(Thank you especially for your Old Ideas, Mr. Cohen)
Try listening in the dark.
Alan, it’s funny that you would say this, because I stumbled into this on my own just yesterday! So far, I have listened to each album for the first time while driving alone in the car on my way to work. I take a quiet highway along the river surrounded by fields and hills, so it’s peaceful and the perfect time to listen without interruptions. But now that summer is here, I don’t have much opportunity to drive in the car by myself (I am on break until August), so for my first hearing of Old Ideas, I just put on my headphones and found a quiet spot to lie down and close my eyes. Not exactly dark, but the same idea. And YES, you are absolutely right; it is the perfect way to listen to him. It has always felt like he is right next to me when I listen to him, but now it sounds like he is really there too. No doubt the headphones help with that. I also need to pay strict attention to your recommendation to let my mind wander and not concentrate too much on the lyrics. I sometimes have a hard time letting my mind wander without grabbing a hold of something. This is probably why I have never been very successful with meditation. But, I will certainly try.
Thanks again everyone for your feedback! I don’t have to tell you how special this all is for me.