I chose Alan Light as the letter L music journalist because the last several PBS fund drive music specials have featured him as “the” music commentator during the pledge breaks. This prompted me to research who is Alan Light? I’m happy to share I was knocked out to discover his competent depth of contribution to our American music legacy.
Alan Light got his start as a fact checker at Rolling Stone. He soon became Senior Editor. He next became founding music editor and editor-in-chief of Vibe. He went on from there to become editor-in-chief of Spin Magazine. He has been a contributor for The New Yorker, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Mother Jones, and the Oxford American.
Radio and Television Credentials
Alan Light once had a spot as music reviewer on radio station WFUV-FM, He presently serves as music correspondent on the NPR show Weekend America.
I have bought records since 1962 when I was 10. My first record purchase was a 45 r.pm. single, “Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers. I bought that single at the record department at the 5&10 downtown Norwalk, Ct. The H.L. Green 5&10 record department was a mixture of 45 r.p.m. and vinyl records.
I have built a large music collection since then…
Roll ahead now 50 years to Record Store Day, Black Friday 2012. My son and I headed out together as we love to support the record stores and Record Store Day. Today’s shopping excursion consisted of two participating stores.
Like many others music fans I have anticipated the new Leonard Cohen recording, Old Ideas. I caught his television spot this past Sunday during CBS Sunday Morning and it’s message really stayed with me.
Leonard Cohen is a renowned Canadian singer-songwriter, novelist, poet, and painter. I feel guilty I haven’t allocated enough time to listen to and appreciate his art. I know his classic standard-bearer songs such as ”Suzanne” and “Bird on the Wire”, but I truly don’t know the artist and his muse better than I should.
Granted there is so much music in this garden music and only so much time to listen appreciably to great music. I am trying to correct that mistake by starting with his latest effort, Old Ideas and working backwards in time. Wikipedia does an effective job of letting us shuttle through a musicians discography in chronological reverse order.
Wish me well as I try yet again to become better acquainted with one of the great artists of our time