Friday, April 2, 2010

In which the older and wiser are not surprised

After a couple of more than usually frenetic weeks I was catching up with some favourite blogs last night and found this at Johnny's in the Basement, the music blog that celebrated Australian blogger Tim Dunlop writes for

I'd just like to say that, like my almost-exact contemporary Mark Holden, I thought that this child (as she then was) was the outstanding pick of the bunch even at sixteen, far too classy and original for Australian Idol. Go over to Tim's and watch it.

And speaking of generational tastes in music, there was a sad moment the other night when James Taylor and Carole King left the stage for their half-time orange quarters (and I'm not going to rave about them here for fear of being mocked by persons younger than myself; Leonard Cohen seems curiously immune from said mockery, but I fear Taylor and King may not be, despite their well-deserved legendary status) and my entire demographic got up and painfully stretched -- a great deal of Adelaide's cavernous Entertainment Centre is made of cement, including, it would seem, the seats -- thereby releasing an unmistakable eau de Boomer into the atmosphere. 'Ah,' said my friend D, 'the aroma of our generation. Half patchouli oil, half Denco-Rub.'


Elisabeth said...

You describe it all so well, Pav. I can see it - and smell it - all.

PS I share your admiration for Carole King.

Saint Furious said...

This Gen-Xer is quite jealous. I would have liked to have gone to that gig, was too tired! oh dear.

Kerryn Goldsworthy said...


I recommend the tram to the Ent Cent. Eliminates the nightmare of parking there, at least.

It really was quite wonderful. Did you know Carole King wrote 'Locomotion', 'Crying in the Rain' and 'You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman'? She did. And she sang all of them. (Everly Brothers harmonies with JT on Crying in the Rain.) Once she had warmed up her voice and got her Janis on, she was unstoppable, and JT at 62 sounds exactly the same as he did when he was 20.

BwcaBrownie said...

after it's release, Carole King's TAPESTRY album was in the charts for more than a year.
'Fire And Rain' will always have a place on on that Honour Roll of Songs From The Heart, with Steve Earle's Guitar Town, and nearly all of Neil Young.
yrs truly, Old & Proud Of It.
(never patchouli, no liniment yet)