My Kind of Country

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Single Review: Alan Jackson – ‘The Older I Get’

New Country Music Hall of Famer member Alan Jackson reminded current artists and fans of what country music actually sounds like, with his stellar performances of ‘Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow’ and ‘Don’t Rock The Jukebox’ at the recent CMA awards. Now an elder stateman of the genre with no need to chase radio play which would probably not be forthcoming anyway, he is free to record great country music with more mature themes, and unlike some of his peers, he has chosen to do so.

His new single, heralding an album in the New Year, is another outstanding record. Opening with some lovely fiddle, and continuing the gentle melody with an understated arrangement behind Alan’s measured vocals, this is unapologetically country.

The song itself, written by Alan’s nephew Adam Wright with young singer-songwriters Hailey Whitters and Sarah Allison Turner, is a gem. A serene reflection on the lessons learned over time that it is love which really matters in life:

The older I get the truer it is
It’s the people you love
Not the money and stuff
That makes you rich

If they found a fountain of youth
I wouldn’t drink a drop and that’s the truth
Funny how it feels I’m just getting to my best years yet

The older I get
The better I am
At knowing when to give and when to just not give a damn

And if they found a fountain of youth
I wouldn’t drink a drop and that’s the truth
Funny how it feels I’m just getting to my best years yet

If you haven’t heard this lovely song yet I urge you to do so.

Grade: A+

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4 responses to “Single Review: Alan Jackson – ‘The Older I Get’

  1. Razor X November 21, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    This is a great song.

  2. Ken November 22, 2017 at 10:44 am

    Great song with meaningful lyrics and traditional country instrumentation. Alan still rules.

    Probably hasn’t a chance at country radio – nothing about drinkin’ beer in mah pick-up truck with mah gurl that looks so purty and ain’t we having us a party.

  3. Michelle Aussie country girl November 23, 2017 at 1:34 am

    Great song Alan Jackson is fantastic I loved his performances on the CMA’s.

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