“Look how old Marshall Crenshaw looks!!” I overheard a woman exclaim after picking up our calendar in the box office. She then laughed a little sheepishly and said, “Well, I guess we’re about the same age, so I must look pretty old too.”
It’s easy to understand her alarm, for many of us Marshall Crenshaw was the embodiment of innocence and youth. Hard to reconcile his snappy, infectious songs, chiming guitars, and catchy hooks with this image of a middle aged guy.
But Marshall Crenshaw is in the fourth decade of his career now and thinning hair is not the only evidence of his maturity. His new album, Jaggedland reflects his lifetime of experience. The lyrics are somber and thought provoking, and his voice has aged beautifully. “I’m really happy with the state of things now, the way things feel. I just know myself really well now,” he said in a recent interview. His contentment was evident when I saw him at a recent WKZE parlor session. He told stories and sang about rainy nights, past loves and the fleeting days:
When we’ll be back there I don’t know
Maybe sometime before we’re done
On some other trip around the sun
The parlor session was over much too soon, so I’m very glad he’ll be coming to play at Infinity Hall. This is a rare chance to see a remarkable talent in an intimate setting, so don’t miss him this Saturday 8:00 pm. –Tickets–