Two by Bonnie Raitt

The younger folk, I’ve learned, don’t know who Bonnie Raitt is, which is not only a damn shame, but makes me feel old: Raitt was born just a month before me, and I gauge how I’m doing by how she’s doing. (Does anybody else do that? Meryl Streep is about my age as well.). At any rate, I went back and found live versions of my two favorite Bonnie Raitt songs, which I’ll put up because I can.

A poignant song from 1989 about getting older; it’s her own composition:

 

In this 1991 song, written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, Raitt’s accompanied on piano by Bruce Hornsby. What feeling she packs into this song! It’s essentially perfect: no superfluous words or forced rhymes, a wonderful melody and poignant words, emotional maturity, and expressing something many of us have felt.

37 Comments

  1. Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Permalink

    I wish that I had interacted with her freshman year, she at Radcliffe and me at Harvard; perhaps we were in a class together. I wish that I had discovered her singing at the local clubs as well. Have always loved her music.

  2. claudia baker
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Talent oozing out of her pores. Lovely.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Nice, but you are way older than I. Three months I think.

    • Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

      Bonnie Raitt is six days older than me, and I’m 46 days older than Dr. Coyne.

      The cool thing about our ages is that when you start forgetting how old you are, you just have to add or subtract 50 from whatever year it is.

      • Randall Schenck
        Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

        Exactly. Being born early in 1950 makes the math easy. My grandfather was born in late Dec. 1899 so he was really easy.

  4. Gregory Kusnick
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    The first time I saw (or heard of) Bruce Springsteen was when he opened for Bonnie Raitt at the Harvard Square Theatre (before they carved it up into a multi-screen cineplex). This would have been circa 1973.

  5. Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    Saw Bonnie Raitt with James Taylor just a few months ago as they toured together. She was excellent as a soloist and harmonized well with JT as a duo — or should I say that JT harmonized well with her! And if you don’t own the two albums Nick of Time and Luck Of The Draw, you should get them, like now. Or put them on your Xmas list.

  6. Rod
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    Goldie Hawn and Helen Mirren are within a few weeks of my age. I think they look pretty good for ’45ers.
    Bonnie Raitt is one of the greats, for sure.

  7. Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    You compare your aging with that of a woman? I would say, this is not really the right reference group for such comparisons …

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      Actually, I think as things go on you should marry an older woman – 4 or 5 years at least.

      • Posted November 26, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

        Remarkable idea and it fits together with the scientific results of aging research …

        • Randall Schenck
          Posted November 26, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

          Yes, I figured since I did it, must be the way to go. And the absolute opposite of the Trump way…

    • Rod
      Posted November 26, 2017 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

      The men my age don’t look as good as the women. Maybe they took better care of themselves!

      • Posted November 27, 2017 at 4:38 am | Permalink

        A not insignificant role should also play the years of competition in professional life, also because it is not unusual to counteract the stress with alcohol or tobacco.
        One should not forget: monks almost reach the same age as nuns.

  8. Randy Bessinger
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I love her work!

  9. Merilee
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    The 2nd song’s link doesn’t seem to work for Canucks. This link should.

    Love Bonnie Raitt!

  10. Avis James
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    One of my favorite memories was seeing her at Wolf Trap when I was a teenager. I talked my mother into taking me. We actually slipped in without tickets half way through the concert. Maybe not moral- but it sure was fun!

  11. Posted November 26, 2017 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    For once I have scooped JAC 🙂 [or great minds…] I recently posted about Raitt and the Nick of Time. As far as I am concerned, she is one of the GOATs!!

    • Merilee
      Posted November 26, 2017 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      GOATs??

      • Michael Fisher
        Posted November 26, 2017 at 10:29 pm | Permalink

        Example GOATs…

        Muhammad Ali is GOAT
        Lionel Messi is GOAT
        PJ Harvey is GOAT

        [Greatest Of All Time]

        • Merilee
          Posted November 26, 2017 at 11:43 pm | Permalink

          Thsnks, Michael. Now I know. ( Messi for sure!!)

      • Posted November 27, 2017 at 10:57 am | Permalink

        Sorry about that Merilee. However, now you are a bit more “educated.” 🙂

        • Merilee
          Posted November 27, 2017 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

          Sorry about what, Douglas? Messi??😁

          • Posted November 27, 2017 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

            About not giving the meaning of GOAT….

            • Merilee
              Posted November 27, 2017 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

              I’ll forgive you this time, Douglas😁

  12. Ann German
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    As a fellow recovering alcoholic, and my age, she is very special to me . . . I went to see her in a small venue in Sandpoint, ID, when she started performing again after she quit drinking . . . just watched her and John Lee Hooker in “in the mood” video, WOW!

    • Merilee
      Posted November 26, 2017 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

      Love her with John Lee!!! Have the CD, now gotta look for the video.

  13. Ken Kukec
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never met anybody doesn’t love Bonnie Raitt, and never want to. She can play slide guitar like nobody’s business.

  14. Merilee
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    • Vaal
      Posted November 27, 2017 at 11:08 am | Permalink

      I absolutely loath “The Blues” (my version of hell would be sentenced to listen to that music forever).

      But!….

      She can really play! That was fun to watch.

  15. Carl S
    Posted November 26, 2017 at 9:41 pm | Permalink

    Well, I’ll throw in one of my favs; her cover of John Prine’s Angel from Montgomery. Hard to believe that song was written by a young male (see Kris Kristofferson’s notes on his debut LP), but a female vocalist such as Bonnie Raitt gives it way more emotional intensity.

    • Merilee
      Posted November 26, 2017 at 11:44 pm | Permalink

      +1

  16. Randy
    Posted November 27, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

    In songs like “I Can’t Make You Love Me” Bonnie Rait sings my pain. You should add two additional songs to the list, “Wounded Heart”, and “Feels Like Home”.

    • Posted November 27, 2017 at 10:55 am | Permalink

      Certainly agree about “Feels Like Home.” My brother-in-law and I played guitar and our niece sang this at our daughter’s wedding – it will always be a special song.

  17. Vaal
    Posted November 27, 2017 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I’d never paid attention to Bonnie Rait until I saw her sing with Alicia Keys on the Grammys several years ago. I was truck by her strong, simple, beautiful, soulful and TASTEFUL singing (not easy to find on the Grammy stage that night, so many singers wanting to show off).

    It was tough for a moment in the first video to get back the cheesy, ubiquitous late 80’s keyboard sound, but Rait’s vocal talent and the song won the day.

  18. Liz
    Posted November 27, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

    I would have guessed Bonnie Raitt was a little bit younger. I remember her from the 90s. In the last few years I began to appreciate Norah Jones as well as other jazz music. I love Tennessee Waltz with Bonnie Raitt and Norah Jones. It is beautiful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzDUi_L6MzA

  19. Posted November 29, 2017 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    Managed to get to go to a Bonnie Rait show Xmas or thereabouts 1973 excellent venue somewhere in Boston.


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