Sunday, September 6, 2009

for the longest time

doo wop started with gospel:

then it became secularized:

this evolved into a 50s rock style:

then there was 80's post modern doo wop, when billy joel extracted the style into a quitessential 50's revival faux-doo-wop rock beat:

I recall finding this tune especially moving despite a failure to properly identify it as post-modern commentary on 50's and 60's rock quintet style. I wonder whether something about the emotional structure of the tune resonates especially strongly with the high school student - perhaps that's the ideal age group for the emotional message involved. Certainly a random search of covers reveals the most sensitive renditions coming from that age group.

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