I was watching Jay Leno the other night when Rod Stewart sang his latest single from the Great American Songbook. Sinatra he isn’t, but I have to give him credit for re-inventing himself. He has been very successful in doing so.
I first saw Rod Stewart and Faces as a warm up act for The Grateful Dead outdoors at UCSB. Over the years I’ve always enjoyed his raspy voice combined with hard edgy rock so the transition to the Sinatra-esque style has been difficult for me to listen to. But plenty of others like it.
Today in the WSJ there is an article about when old rockers should hang it up. We’ve all heard them – the aging rockers trying to hang on by touring for one last gig. Mr. Stewart, however has addressed this proactively into a very successful second career. And, from what he says their may be a third, that of a country singer.
The lesson here is that if you have a talent there are many ways you can re-invent yourself. It requires confidence and the willingness to let go of the old and force change. Time waits for no one. Good luck Mr. Stewart