On last night's episode of Late Show with David Letterman, music man Elvis Costello dished out "Last Year of My Youth," a song he'd written just the night before. Watch the video above.
The winsome singer-songwriter stepped in at the last minute when dreamy pop princess Lana Del Rey suddenly cancelled her scheduled performance for undisclosed reasons. After seeing this bit, can't say that's a huge disappointment.
His signature vocals, as effervescent as they were thirty years ago, took us through the story of his life and what it feels like to get older. "I began to lie about my age / Knock off a year or two / 'Til I woke up one day / And I was younger than you," he divulges over a series of muddled strums. He championed this freshly-penned track so well that it's hard to believe it was done on short notice.
He is currently working on a new project with Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, and producer T Bone Burnett that will feature original songs that borrow Bob Dylan lyrics. It's called Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes, and it's set to release this fall.
On his forthcoming national solo tour (kicking off this Monday in Minnesota), he will play a different set each night based on location and venue. For tour dates and more Elvis Costello news, check out his Zumic artist page.