Age 13 is never any fun for anybody. As tough and frustrating as it is for parents trying to understand the mind of a 13 year old boy, it much more difficult to be that boy. When I recall being that 13 year old boy, just about every memory is based on the music I was hearing at the time. For me the romantic sounds was a brand new form of music never before witnessed in human history; the rock and roll ballad. Most of the ‘45s’ single records were about 2 minutes long. The lyrics were always painfully pathetic about lost love, unfound love, true love and lost unfound true love. At the time the lyrics of this silly song were “profound”. Now I can’t listen to it without laughing.
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo We had a quarrel a teenage quarrel now I’m as blue as I know how to be I can’t call you on the phone I can’t even see you at your home So I’m sending you this present just to prove I was telling the truth Dear I believe you won’t laugh when you receive this rose and a Baby Ruth [ guitar ] I could have sent you an orchid of some kind But that’s all I had in my jeans at the time But when we grow up someday I’ll show up just to prove I was telling the truth I’ll kiss you too then I’ll hand to you this rose and a Baby Ruth Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Most of the old rock and roll ballads were highlighted by high piano notes playing a double beat over the guitar and drums. Recently when I recalled the sounds of those ballads, I sat down at the piano and wrote one of “them things”.
Here’s an original “rock and roll ballad” to take you back to the sounds of 1956. Enjoy!
However you honor or celebrate this religious Holiday weekend, do it with love and peace in your heart.