All I hear from society is how my generation (the millennials) are the entitled type, technology obsessed, and selfish crazed kids of today. I swear I had another life before being born in 1986 because everyone I have had experiences with from personal to professional has never believed my age starting from the time I was 20 to now. I have been told I have an old soul, which means I’m mature for my age. I am sure some of my friends would disagree with that statement considering I find shows that are meant for eleven year olds funny. So, take me back to the 1950s where fine-knit sweaters, full skirts, and sling-back pumps were the fashion and the start of Rock n’ Roll and Doo-Wop music were coming into trend.
Meghan Trainor and Kevin Kadish have brought a twist with Trainor’s recently released pop album “Title” where each song is infused with multiple harmonies and simple instrumentation for that Doo-Wop sound, bringing all music lovers back to the life of American Bandstand, Drive-Ins, and the fearlessness of dancing in public. Trainor’s track “Dear Future Husband” reminds me of “Runaround Sue” by Dion. Granted “Runaround Sue” came out in 1961 and was done solo without The Belmonts, but Dion and the Belmonts started releasing Doo-Wop music in the late 1950s which included hits such as “A Teenager in Love” (1959) and “I Wonder Why” (1958). I digress. From the start of “Dear Future Husband” and “Runaround Sue” each song begins with a slow rhythm and begins to pick up tempo as the stage is set with the logistics of the storyline. In Trainor’s case a man who will become her one and only and in Dion’s case a woman who he thought was his one and only. I know ironic, but isn’t most Doo-Wop kind of ironic? Think about it. There is Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers “Why Do Fools Fall in Love” (1956) or The Monotones “Book of Love” (1958). All the Doo-Wop hits are about falling in love or broken love. Again ironic considering they are different ends of the spectrum.
What makes Doo-Wop music so great and alluring? Is it the smooth sound of a voice breaking through multiple harmonies? The light and simple instrumentation keeping the beat in the background? Is it the lyrics that are presented with emotion and passion? I think Trainor and Kadish have brought back a sound that is heartfelt and has been missing from music for the last forty years. Kadish, I applaud you for finally finding an artist that understood your vision on bringing back Doo-Wop. So, is the millennial generation still bad? Possibly. But at least we can say we have one thing in common with the baby-boomers. Doo-Wop is back! The next time your parents tell you that the music today is crap just turn on Meghan Trainor. I am sure they will fall in love (just as the world has) with her old-school classic vibrato, witty lyrics, and harmonized style. Bring on the Doo-Wop.