Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Music Review: Time, by Rod Stewart #TimeWithRod

I’ve been listening to Rod Stewart’s music for what seems like forever, and his musical tastes have matured like mine have. His new CD, titled simply Time, reflects an older and wiser Rod who is content with his life out of the party scene of his younger days. He’s married (again) and has grown children, and his new songs show his commitment to and thankfulness for the fullness of his life. It’s been reported that Rod was inspired to write 11 out of 12 of these tracks when he was reviewing his life for a recent memoir, and that makes the lyrics even more interesting to hear.

In “She Makes Me Happy,” Rod reflects on happily giving up his former lifestyle. “I must change my ways. No more late nights out with all the boys, pissing my life away…. I could smoke and drink and gamble just as I pleased. Now I’m working out daily and I’m watching my waistline.” In “It’s Over,” Rod looks back on the pain of going through divorce. “All the plans we had together. Up in smoke and gone forever. Poisoned by a lawyer’s letter. It’s over.” But life is good now, as shown in “Beautiful Morning,” when Rod sings, “See the sun coming over them hills. See that hare running through the fields. Bluebirds singing, not a cloud in the sky. Oh my God ain’t it good to be alive.”

Of course, he wouldn’t be Rod Stewart without a few songs about sex, and he sings about it in “Sexual Religion” and “Make Love to Me Tonight.” But Rod is back to being the family man in the beautiful song, “Pure Love.” No parent who has sent his or her child off into the world will be able to listen to this song without tears in their eyes. Rod tells his grown child, “Don’t ask me now where all the time has gone. I’ve loved you since the minute you were born. So many times we have laughed and cried. I see you now it fills my heart with pride. You will always be, yes always be. You’ll always be a part of me.”

Time for a tissue now… Rod Stewart’s new album, Time, is a fascinating look at the times of his life, reflecting the wisdom he’s gained by looking back on both his good and bad experiences, as well as the joy he now finds in his family and his music. Time is a must-have addition to your music collection.

“She Makes Me Happy” video

Along with the release of Time, Stewart is set to embark on the European leg of his Live the Life tour on June 1st, while American dates with Steve Winwood will kick off October 17th.

Rod Stewart’s links:
Website: www.rodstewart.com
Twitter: @rodstewart
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rodstewart
YouTube: www.youtube.com/rodstewart

Purchase on Amazon or iTunes.

Disclosure: I participated in this campaign for One2One Network. I received a free copy of the CD to facilitate my review. By posting, I am eligible for incentives. All opinions stated are my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.


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