You know, for reasons that I don't want to get into -- mostly because the subject deserves a thoughtful in-depth essay that I really haven't got the time to do at the moment -- the whole concept of "adult" rock kind of gets up my nose. And I don't just mean "adult" in the sense of seeing geezers who should otherwise be retired in a condo in Boca trying to rock out; I also mean in the whole "songs about grown-up concerns" sense.
But like I said, let's not get into that right now, when we could be considering "While I Look at You," a rather remarkable song from deservedly legendary '60s chick singer Evie ("Any Way That You Want Me," et al) Sands' 1999 comeback album Women in Prison instead.
I think we can all agree that what we're hearing there is clearly a grown-up singing about, er, grown-up concerns. And I don't know about you guys, but I get weak in the knees listening to that by about halfway into the first verse; no disrespect intended, but lordy -- as somebody said of Chrissie Hynde at the time of the first Pretenders album, that is one f**kable voice.
Okay, now that I've totally embarrassed myself, let me simply add, and for the record, that there is no pop performer who came up in the 60s that I would more enjoy getting to meet over an adult beverage than Ms. Sands.
I should also add that the cool guitar stuff on that track is played by legendary New York session musician Al Gorgoni. You may not have heard of him, but you've heard his work on countless occasions -- he's the guy who did the unforgettable 6-string riffage on Van Morrison's "Brown Eyed Girl," just for starters.