Friday, March 25, 2011

In Your Face Dad

My father once said to me, "The damn Rock n Roll, it won't last.  Just a fad.  And a stupid one at that, what with all that pelvis thrusting and gyrating."  I was maybe 7 or 8 at the time, but I remember it well.  I had just come home with my first RocknRoll 45 RPM record, a Buddy Holly tune, "Peggy Sue".  My hard earned allowance of 50 cents a week covered the cost.  I played the shit out of that record.  I wore it out in about a month.  Then I went to work on the B side.

That was 50 years ago.   Yes, the RocknRoll of the 1950s and 1960s is gone, but what it spawned is still going strong.  As is American Blues, American Jazz, American Country and Bluegrass.  Many people around the World might hate our government, but they love our music.  And though our nation's geopolitical and economic influence may be heading downhill, I am guessing that no matter what happens to us, no matter where we end up, our music will persevere.

So I sit here listening to Buddy, Fats, and the Everly Brothers and think of my father.

In your face Dad.

13 comments:

Ol'Buzzard said...

Glad you are back up and running.

The Ol'Buzzard

okjimm said...

hey.... try a little Eddie Cochrane... can't go wrong. Even the Japanese love old R&R

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ierxSHV_Gmk&NR=1

The Blog Fodder said...

My kind of music.

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

I remember trying to stay awake at night till midnight to listen to this disc jockey who was black and he played 'black music'..he started out his show each night with 'come on in and let me pat your skirt.'..i thought that was soo dirty..loved it..
and loved the music more.

Beach Bum said...

No matter what, none of those artists back then or much less now can touch Elvis. He is the physical embodiment of rock and roll.

Just a damn shame he faked his death and is now working as a manager at a Autozone down in Mississippi.

susan said...

In the long run music may be our only salvation.

BBC said...

Great song, most of those old songs are still my favorites but I can't find a radio station in this area that plays the old goodies.

I don't recall that my dad had an opinion about the music we liked. Or a lot of other opinions about the things we did.

Like when I married a Native American, my mother didn't like it and fussed, my dad told her it wasn't any of her damn business who I married and he welcomed her right into their home.

Randal Graves said...

But does music grow the GNP?

BBC said...

GNP?

These days that appears to be a lot of fat people.

Mr. Charleston said...

It's probably fair to say that no country in the history of the earth has had more influence over others than the US. Certainly no art form has ever had the impact of rock n roll.

I cried the day the music died.

squatlo said...

In the words of Mr. Young,
"Hey hey, my my
Rock and roll will never die..."

Demeur said...

And who was it that said TV wouldn't last? I think the quote was " who'd want to sit there staring at a wooden box? And here we sit staring at a monitor for hours on end.

John Myste said...

You sound like a proffesional editorialist. Very well done.