I’ve always loved Nick Lowe and he was a big musical influence for me early on, when I started writing songs and playing in bands. Over the years, Nick has remained authentic, refining his musical gifts to respond to life’s changes – those within and around us, personal, societal, creative. That’s a true artist and something I always strive for, on my best days. He opened with “So it Goes” and nearly closed with “What’s so Funny ‘Bout Peace Love and Understanding,” with plenty of the great newer material (i.e. “Sensitive Man) inbetween.
So I took my son Jude to see him live, a couple weeks back. Jude’s also a big Nick fan; we first started listening together. to the latter period stuff when we drove to the Grand Canyon (i.e. “I Read a Lot” and “People Change”), six years ago, now.
The link below is an older wordpress post, a poem called “Simplicity” that I wrote back in high school, nicking a line from Nick, who Nicked it from Bowie. The poem is what it is, but when I wrote it so many years ago, I never would’ve thought in a million years that I’d be taking my son to see Nick while he was in high school, right here in the Music City. It’s not that remarkable but then again, it is.
On we go, Nick, Jude, all trucking along, breaking glass in the best possible way. I can’t wait for tomorrow.