On Sunday night Sirius Radio has a Doo Wop program. Actually, I think it is recorded on Wednesday nights, but I never remember to turn it on then, so when it is replayed on Sunday night, I often catch it. I've been doing some computer work and listening to it and just loving the music.
When Doo Wop was around in the 50's and 60's I don't remember being aware that it was anything different than the "rock 'n' roll" that we listened to. Years later people started talking about "Doo Wop" and I had no idea what they were talking about. When someone would name a song, I'd think, "Uh, that's "R & R," but I didn't say anything because I felt stupid to not know the difference. I'm a huge music fan, almost all kinds, and that I didn't know what it was stunned me.
That was before the Internet, so research was not easy, but I finally ran it down. And no wonder I didn't know what it was "back in the day"! It was not defined as something separate until many years later. If you're not sure what it is, Wikipedia has a good definition. Essentially, it was music with roots in African American harmonizing groups such as the Platters. Remember seeing old videos from shows like the Ed Sullivan Show with groups that actually sang harmony while doing smooth choreographed moves in unison? And they all dressed alike. Every thing was in harmony! (I've noticed that seems to be making somewhat of a come-back, BTW) The back-up singers often sang phrases like (duh!) "doo wahh, doo wahh, doo wop." Ringing a bell for any of you youngens out there? I hope so. If not, read the Wikipedia thing, and or go to Amazon.com to listen to snippets of the music. (My particular favorite, well, one of the favorites is "Out of Sight, Out of Mind.") (Or "Twilight Time," or "Blue Velvet." They are among the first on that particular list.)
It was in the R & R genre, but when I listen to it I hear a little influence of the Blues, another of my favorite kinds of music. And of course it is now linked with R & B, and you can hear a tad of that in it as well. It was certainly bringing the music of Africian Americans into mainstream America.
I love to listen to this show. I don't know how anyone can not like the music. I know I'm showing my age when I say this, but I'm gonna say it anyway! I love music that has a story and is sung so I can actually understand it. (age, age, age!!) I also love the rich harmony of those groups. (Yeah, I like barbershop quartets, too, but not as well as doo wop.) And I like music that I can dance to! (old, old, old person alert!!) Love songs, gentle ballads of the type that I remember dancing to in the high school gym on Friday nights after the ball games. In our bobby sox! They were called sock hops, no shoes were allowed on the gym floor, so....
Now where was I going with this? Huh. I have no idea. BWA HAHAHAHA!!!! I really, really am getting old!! Oh, lawdy!
Anyway, I love that music. I enjoyed a couple hours of good old belly rubbin' (giggle!!) music tonight, and it was a lot of fun! I was enjoying dinner during the first part of it, and it was very relaxing and made me really happy just to sit and hear sounds that hold pleasant memories for me. I'm one of those weird people who actually enjoyed my teens. Not that I'd repeat them, but they were fun then.
See I don't need those papers and clutter .... I have Sirius Radio and Doo Wop!!! LOL!!
OK, here we go ..... what is your favorite kind of music and why?