It’s so good to have been around music for years and years and to still hear something so absolutely stunningly good that you want to listen to it over and over again. Years ago I remember buying ‘Down in the Tube Station at Midnight’ by the Jam and playing it maybe 20 times in row. It was so good I just couldn’t get enough of it. Similar thing happened with ‘Bringing it all Back Home’ and ‘Hunky Dory’ – records so good (for large parts anyway) that you wonder how it’s possible. More recently big sections of White Bread Black Beer by Scritti Politti and Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes did the same to me. Today’s is a song - ‘If She Called’ from David Crosby’s new album 'Croz'. It’s just him and one guitar so far as I can tell too. It’s just stunningly good – I’m not going to try to describe it – just go and have a listen. You should probably buy the album too.
It's undeniable that most songwriters decline over time. Some almost buck the trend (Neil Young springs to mind) but really, that's just what happens. I'm still hoping that Paul McCartney will come up with a couple more absolutely brilliant songs before he retires - but David Crosby is over 70 and this song really is as good as anything he's ever done - vaguely reminds me of 'Everybody's Been Burned' in approach. Go and listen to it now!