Hello! My name is Jamie Dyer and I would like to welcome you to another Vintage Media Millennial entry. Firstly, thank you for the kind comments that I received on the premiere post, it has really boosted my confidence to feel a sense of freedom when writing. Like any sequel though, there is a chance this one won’t live up to the hype! Let’s go!
Prior to writing this entry, I took a listen to a version of the song Someday, sung by Bobby Vee. The sound of 1960s stereo filled my speakers, and I couldn’t help but have a smile across my face. Upon leaving the headphones firmly on my table, the song continued to echo around my head. Something rang a bell to me, and I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It wasn’t long before I had the answer.
The recording is featured on a recent compilation from Bear Family Records that focuses on the early years of Vee’s long career. Peering into the extensive booklet included with the release, I discovered the aforementioned track comes from an album recorded with a version of The Crickets; Buddy Holly’s band. I then went and listened back to the track, and things started to make sense. I am a huge fan of Buddy Holly and admire his skills as a songwriter and musician. He pushed so many boundaries during his short career, something which has inspired many; Vee being one of them.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “Why did you write about this?”. The answer is, I found the Bobby Vee compilation a difficult subject to write about initially. How do I talk about this piece of music without sounding clueless? How can I avoid being repetitive in my writing? What if I miss something out that people want to know? All these questions, and more, are what I have to solve each time I sit here and write.
Did I succeed? The review can be read here.