Well fast forward 30+ years. The, just turned, 66 year old still has a trick or two up his sleeve. In 2002 he recorded the first CD in a series called The Great American Songbook. If you haven't already heard of the series and you're looking for some new music or a gift, you're in for a treat. He gives amazing performances of such classics as Time After Time, I've Got You Under My Skin and They Can't Take That Away From Me.
I purchased the first CD out of sheer curiosity shortly after it's debut. The next two I bought because the first was so good! Now I have them all on my iPod. The final installment called The Best of The Great American Songbook is due to be released today. There is a really good interview on Billboard from October 2010 about this collection and you can hear a sampling of the songs on Rod Stewart's web page.
This music is perfect for small gatherings, dinner parties, as well evenings spent sitting by the fire with your favorite elixir. Oh, and of course just what cupid would recommend for Valentine's Day!