Oldies But Goodies

I read today’s New York Times story on Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, and Randy Johnson. The headline is “Owning the Hill, Instead of Being Over It”.

Then i headed out the door for my ten minute walk to work. I put on my iPod headphones and tuned into Patti Smith’s Trampin’. I read about this new disc on Tom Watson’s blog earlier this week. Tom’s right, this is a great effort by Patti Smith.

About half way up Fifth Avenue, i realized that there’s another “Older is Better” story to tell. Some of the best music in the past year has come from women who are a long way from the Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne crew, both in terms of age and quality of work. I’d put 50-year olds Patti Smith, Bonnie Raitt, and Lucinda Williams, and a 70-year old Loretta Lynn on this list. There are probably a few others that should be on the list as well.