Thursday, July 12, 2012
Say what you want about the age of technology and the millions who wander around oblivious to their surroundings like George Romero extras, while plugged into their PDAs and portable music gadgets. Is there a greater thrill for a music fan than the iPod Shuffle blindsiding you with something amazing?
I had a "Words Of Love" moment while creeping along the "N" subway line last night. It was two moments, actually, just a few songs apart. The first was "Ummm...Oh Yeah," a song I first heard on the Buddy Holly "Showcase" LP. A few seconds into the intro, my mind shot back to that day, and in less than two minutes I found myself sitting in my room and listening to this brief but gorgeous tune. At the time, all I knew was The Beatles version of Holly's "Words Of Love," a favorite off a favorite album, "Beatles For Sale." I wasn't quite savvy enough yet to love and appreciate or even know much about Buddy Holly. So, "Ummm...Oh Yeah" was a revelation. Oddly, it's usually referred to as an early version of Holly's "Dearest" even though it clearly sounds like the demo for "Words Of Love." (If anyone can clear that up, please let me know.)
As the next songs played, I thought, I need to make "Words Of Love" tomorrow's Song Of The Day. But then Nick Lowe's "Poor Side Of Town" came on. (Damn, what a beautiful cover.) Next, the Apple gremlins took over and Patti Smith's absolutely dreamy version of "Words Of Love" queued up.
There you have it.
I think it just might be Buddy's best song and though it is not theirs, The Beatles just might own it.
And once in a while, I think I may love "Ummm...Oh Yeah" most of all, whether or not it truly is "Words Of Love."
Listen to all, as well as other great versions by Shoes, Paul Burch and Jeff Lynne.