Writing About Bobby Vee From My Perspective

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.

Jamie Dyer

Jamie Dyer is an experienced writer, broadcaster, musician and social media marketer. He enjoys Old Time Radio, vintage TV, collecting vinyl and supporting the New York Knicks.

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