It was about 8:30 PM when I walked by the subway station that would have taken me home and away from Nick Lowe's 9:00 performance at City Winery last night. I hadn't felt great, and though I was just a hundred yards away from the venue, I was ready to blow it off. But I didn't and I'm glad.
For 80 minutes, Nick Lowe honored the mostly attentive crowd with song after brilliant song, engaging yet brief between song banter, and a voice which was not at all "wonky" as he claimed.
I don't believe the acoustic set was much different the sets he has been playing the last 5 or so years, but it's been longer than that since I had seen him, so when he played, "I Read A Lot," a new and unrecorded song, I was not part of the majority who had heard this very special piece of music before.
Yes, last night's performance was near-perfect, but right now, I am all about "I Read A Lot."
Here is a video from 2008. You'll have to trust that it is indeed Nick Lowe on the stage, as the video itself is not that great. But the audio is, and that's what counts.
Two more songs, that to me complete a trilogy of genius and melancholy that I will go on record as saying, are worthy enough to be included on a list of greatest songs of all time, "Lately I've Let Things Slide" and "What's Shakin' On The Hill," follow.
Please enjoy all three.