Older Than My Old Man Now (Bonus Version)
Loudon Wainwright III
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Despite having a privileged upbringing and earning the respect of his peers (and Judd Apatow, who's used Loudon's music in his films), Loudon Wainwright III can never shake his dark side. His humor has always been laced with a melancholia and emotional fragility that gives depth to even his most glib observations. At 65, he has outlived his father (a Life magazine journalist) and now sets about observing what his senior status has brought. He brings his family together to sing along, plus a variety of guests. "I Remember Sex" with comedian Barry Humphries (better known as Dame Edna Everage) is a worthy laugh, but the real joy here is in the somber reflections of "In C", the title track (which begins with Loudon reading the his father's words and his son, Rufus, adding vocals), and "The Days That We Die", which also starts with his father's eloquent words. Loudon comes from literary stock, and it's always shown in his work, which has become even more affecting as the years pass.
Another master class
Once again Loudon demonstrates his peerless songwriting skills with a devastating mix of pathos, wit and razor sharp observations on the everyday travails of life and death ( mainly death !) with a flawless album focussed on the passing of the years and all the regrets that accumulate. The mordant tone is subtly offset by lighter numbers but even these add to overall tone of what is already a major contender for album of the year. Is there a more devastating summary of family life than " in C "? Surely one of Loudon's greatest songs up there with white winos and motel blues !
At least one genuine classic on this
Agree. I heard him perform "In C" in London last year at his gig with Richard Thompson. It's one of his most affecting songs. Im finding this a lot more enjoyable than his songs for the new depression…unsurprisingly!
Yes this is the music for the generation that was going to 'die before they grew old". Now we have Peter Townsend playing at the closing ceremony of the Olympics in London.
Loudon"s wisdom shines through a cool guy who just hits the right note of pathos and pain surrounding ageing.
Born: 05 September 1946 in Chapel Hill, NC
Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s
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