Once there was a way to get back homeward.
Once there was a way to get back home.
Sleep pretty darling, do not cry.
And I will sing a lullaby.
Although O’Reilly doesn’t say this, it is a myth that rock music led the anti-war movement. Reap search by Houston and Bindas shows music didn’t’t turn anti war until polls shifted against the war. In addition, songs such as “For What it’s Worth” weren’t about the war at all. Recently, leftist writers such as Doggett have complained that rock wasn’t revolutionary enough. Even the Jefferson Airplane refused to do appearances at Dem fundraiser s because they “didn’t want to get involved in politics.” Robby Krieger of the Doors said they didn’t do political music, that they were a mirror, not a lamp.
The late 50’s were the high point of popular music in the last 100 years. If you look at the charts, they show a blend of rock and roll, country (Patsy Kline, Jim Reeves, etc.)and singers like Sinatra, Patty Page, Johnny Mathis, etc. The popular music of the day crossed the social and economic spectrum. It was in the late 60’s that popular music was highjacked by the anti-war and drug crowd and has been in a downward spiral ever since.
This late 50’s tune seem to have stood the test of time. It appeared on the ‘Bronx Tale’ with De Niro and on the credits of a recent Jason Statham movie.
‘Don’t you just know it.’ Heuy ‘Piano’ Smith And The Clowns
There are some great new artists out there in alternative rock. Here’s a new one that I heard the other day that I loved right away:
Family of the Year - Hero (Lyric Video)
He missed a beat by not going further back than the end of WWII. A lot of the early 19th Century was dominated by Stephen Foster, “The father of American music”, because his music, in sheet music form, was both memorable and could be played on the common upright piano, invented in the year of his birth.
20 years after the war, Tin Pan Alley arose in New York, with a resultant explosion in production of sheet music of popular songs. This got its second wind with the end of World War I, and the roaring twenties.
Just about the time of the Great Depression, radio entered the scene, which both killed Tin Pan Alley and made the big bands possible, as they could stay put instead of traveling all over the place. And yet their popularity and concomitant wealth meant that they *could* travel, so they did.
And this lasted until WWII, where gasoline rationing and travel restrictions eventually forced them back on the radio.