Tonight's The Night! Literally and figuratively. That's because Rod Stewart's first album in more than 20 years will be released at midnight TONIGHT. As a blogger I couldn't be more thrilled to have received an advance copy of this Grammy Living Legend's and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's brand new Time album to review and share with MommyBlogExpert readers.
|The Time album was shot in Malibu, California|
|Rod Stewart, 2013, Image from RodStewart.com|
|Me in a photo taken just last week|
|Capitol Records Building, Hollywood as it looked this afternoon|
|Closeup of Capitol Records looking West|
|Front door of Capitol Tower is along the Hollywood Walk of Fame|
Check out the mod clothes Rod's wearing on stage for this BBC performance, 1971!
It's been a long twenty years without any new material from Rod, for sure. I'm a Baby Boomer who grew up adoring Rod Stewart and have fond memories of dancing to his music in high school and college. As a matter of fact I must admit that the oldies but goodies like Maggie May, Tonight's The Night, the hit single for his 1976 A Night On the Town Album, and other great Stewart tunes are still among my favorite classic rock songs.
|Stewart performing in Oslo Norway, 1976|
|My Dad took this picture of me in 1976|
Then I found out otherwise. The entire album I soon discovered is truly biographical. Explains Stewart, "Something about that process of reviewing my life for the book (biography) reconnected me and that was it: I was away. Suddenly, ideas for lyrics were piling up in my head. Next thing I knew I had a song called It's Over about divorce and separation."
|Rod's guitar is ever present in the new album Time|
The Song Lineup on Time includes:
1. She Makes Me Happy
2. Can’t Stop Me Now
3. It’s Over
4. Brighton Beach
5. Beautiful Morning
6. Live The Life
7. Finest Woman
9. Picture In A Frame
10. Sexual Religion
11. Make Love To Me Tonight
12. Pure Love
Here's a sneak peek at Rod Stewart's Time Album
When I finally came to terms with Stewart's true inspiration that we all age and it's perfectly normal to yearn to be young and carefree again, I could see where Stewart's much softer singing style and sentiment must have emerged from. All of a sudden it became apparent to me: He has totally reinvented himself and his outlook on life and his music.
Then I listened to the album again with that new found knowledge. First in the tune Brighton Beach I heard "Janis" (a reference to Janis Joplin) but nevertheless it's exciting that the lyrics include a Janis with an 'a' the same way I spell my name (most spell it Janice). Next, in the album's namesake song Time, Stewart sings a ballad about enjoying every moment of life.
Ultimately, I fell in love with the closing number Pure Love that features two of my fave things: Stewart singing and a full orchestra playing. This piece is a celebration of the deepest love of all -- the love between parent and child. It was immensely introspective as well as indescribably touching and beautiful. As a matter of fact, it is such a touching tune that the more times I listen to it, the more I think about my own children and lose myself in this song as a mother and the harder it is to hold back my tears.
Time most certainly is an album that will grow on you. But to truly appreciate and enjoy it you have to open yourself up to all of life's vulnerabilities, the most powerful of which is the passage of time that none of us can stop or even slow down.
The new album Time on the Capitol Records label goes on sale at 12 a.m. tonight on Amazon and will also be downloadable from iTunes. Just in time (pun intended) for this coming Sunday, there's also a Time Super Deluxe Fan Mother's Day Edition package for $54.98 that includes Rod Stewart's new Time CD, Rod the Biography - Hardcover, High Quality 180 Gram 12" Vinyl, Rod Stewart Mother's Day card, and a 1-800-Flowers $50 gift certificate.
|Rod Stewart Time Billboard seen today near Hollywood Blvd|
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