Aluminum Tripod with
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Extra Plate Included
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Songbook series, Stewart’s ability to almost
effortlessly capture the essence of a song while
putting his recognizable stamp on it is a marvel.
But while time has ravaged many a great
voice, Stewart feels he is singing better now
than ever. He believes he could not have performed the material on the holiday album or
the Songbook series earlier in his career.
“I don’t think I could’ve cut any of these
songs with conviction … when I was a rocker,”
he muses. “My voice has improved … espe-
cially when it comes to ballads. There’s a ten-
derness that wasn’t there 30 years ago.”
Those with fond memories of Stewart
during his “Rod the Mod” heyday in the 1970s
will be pleased to know that he is putting the
finishing touches on a new disc of all-original
material. Due for release in 2013, it contains
10 new self-penned tunes, the most that
Stewart has ever had on a studio album.
“I had a rebirth. I fell back into the songwriting, actually enjoyed the producing,”
Stewart exclaims. “It’s a complete circle now.”
Suffice it to say, retirement is not anywhere on the horizon. While he could do
without the travel, he gets the same joy now
from performing that he did when he was
Hear a song from Merry Christmas, Baby, on The Connection
digital newsstand version.
singing as a lad.
“When people come and see me, it’s written all over my face. I am smiling for two
hours,” he proclaims. “I’m sincere when I say
that. I really do love it.” C
Michael Evans is a longtime music writer and
creative consultant in Portland, Oregon.
The Costco Connection
Rod Stewart’s new CD, Merry Christmas,
Baby, is available in most Costco locations.
His new book, Rod: The Autobiography, is
also available in select warehouses.
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