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© 2013 by James Clark

We all like to maintain that rock and roll can and does lift us into a corridor of joyous action. We’ve all been carried, by instances of its musical dynamics, into dance—yes—but something more. Embrace it or not, we’ve all been touched by way of that “music industry,” by a glimpse of what has never been cogently accounted for in the guiding features of our lives.

In fact, there is, in the musical tradition preceding rock and roll, a chronicling (rather than direct delivery) of the same mystery, though palmed off as a physiological and sociological stage, to be outgrown. In Albert Hague and Arnold Horwitt’s song, “Young and Foolish” (for the 1954 Broadway musical, Plain and Fancy), we are met with,

“Young and foolish

Why is it wrong to be?

Young and foolish

We haven’t long to be

Soon enough the carefree days

The sunlit days go by.

Soon enough the bluebird has to fly.

We were foolish

One day we fell in love.

Now we wonder,

What were we thinking of?

Smiling in the sunlight,

Laughing in the rain,

I wish that we were young and foolish again.” (more…)

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