Rod Stewart – Love Is

I can already imagine the endless grief I will get for posting this from certain band mates and some camps that think themselves too hip for Stewart’s charms.  But I fucking love his shit anyway.  There’s no doubt that the early solo years and Faces period can never be equaled.  (Those years set a bar that most musicians, period, will never equal.  And pretty much every musician I know loves this era of records.)  But as long as Rod is singing something that has a hint of rock n roll in it, something that makes you cry in your drink, or that you can imagine him kicking a soccer ball to in a stadium, I am in.  Really, except for his American Songbook dreck, and his other recent covers albums, I pretty much like everything.  (The American Songbook stuff is one of the few times even I will say he went a bridge too far.)  It’s not only his voice, but the fact that he seemingly throws himself in with total enthusiasm, even to things that other musicians wouldn’t try, and possibly shouldn’t.  But I feel he can get away with it, as he has an exuberance that is equaled by few.  This song would be filed under his quasi-celtic soccer stadium anthems, but it’s good fun, and most of all emotional sounding.  At the end of the day the first rule of music should be that it is emotional.  Rod rarely fails to deliver on those terms, no matter how overly professional his backing band sounds.  About eleven or twelve years ago I went to see him live and I was sure I was going to be witnessing a cash grab, but he ended up having the entire audience, all ages, on their feet for the entire night.  Not only is he a first-rate interpreter, he is also a really underrated songwriter when he decides to pick up the guitar and pen.  Too often his celebrity has overshadowed his very real talents, and his best song lyrics display a great wit, that is equal at conveying sadness and humor.  At this stage Never a Dull Moment is probably my favorite record of his.  If you doubt Stewart’s talents, but love rock n roll in the slightest, check it out.  There are many reasons that I love many kinds of music, but rarely has someone made me smile as much as Rod Stewart.  For that reason alone I would feel ashamed of myself for not sticking with him.  So there:  I love Rod Stewart.  What are you going to do about it?