Alan Jackson‘s “The Older I Get” sums up aging gracefully as valuing friends, family and faith rather than wealth or fame. The song, co-written byAdam Wright, Sarah Allison Turner and Hailey Whitters, needed a veteran hit-maker to make its introspective lyrics believable. Jackson’s sustained humbleness, from meager beginnings to the Hall of Fame, made him the right singer for the job.
The music video for “The Older I Get” solidifies Jackson as the ideal singer, with snapshots from his life complementing the lyrics. Photos from Jackson’s Newnan, Ga. upbringing acknowledge his kin folks back home. References to Jackson’s family double as tributes to his mother Ruth Musick “Mama Ruth” Jackson, who passed away in January. In addition, the growth of Jackson’s own children can be traced across several of his career and personal highlights.
From there, the familiar story of Jackson’s rise to fame unfolds. The video traces his journey from an upstart traditionalist to one of George Jones‘ most memorable duet partners. The three-time CMA Entertainer of the Year’s career benchmarks look at home plastered onto some of Nashville’s most iconic sites.
Jackson’s mighty voice and mightier commitment to traditional country music sound as vibrant as ever. When he sings “I’m getting to my best years yet,” it sounds like a promise of more music. In all likelihood, the Newnan country boy turned Hall of Famer creates another set of career snapshots.