I am listening to Bryan Ferry's "Avonmore," which I quite like. But it also made me think, "Man, I wish he had one more record with balls in him. Enough with the dreamy crap."
This also reminded me of a post that I ran a few times over the years, asking, "If you had your druthers, what would you like to see from your favorite artists?"
I think a number of readers, including myself, wished for one last "real" Rolling Stones record. Maybe something stripped down. A blues record? That wish is now looming large, as "Blue & Lonesome" is set for a December release. Sadly, Don Was is hanging around still, so the first single is as our friend Chris Collins pointed out, "Dan Aykroyd blues. This doesn't feel organic or heartfelt- the only things we wanted from an album like this." But, we shall see. I have low hopes.
Here are a few of my musical hopes and wishes:
Todd Rundgren records with a band and not a laptop and allows an outside producer.
Same for Jeff Lynne.
Paul McCartney records an acoustic album, trying less to be modern and more like the guy who wrote "And I Love Her," "For No One" and "Blackbird."
Pete Townshend writes ten new originals that have nothing to do with each other, with no plans of a future opera or ballet. Just ten songs that comprise a new solo record.
Tom Waits retires the megaphone, xylophone, woodblocks and chimes, and releases a record of piano ballads and blues.
Al Green plus Joe Henry for one last great soul record.
One more record from The Jam.
How about you?