Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The New Ones

What about the ones I haven't written yet? A lot of work has gone into dragging this old heart through fire and mud in search of true love since ink was put to paper.

Roger Penzabene took his own life a week after the release of "I Wish It Would Rain," the song that the Temptations took to the top of the charts in 1967. Penzabene, one of the great staff writers at Motown, had discovered his wife's infidelity and realized that his love was mightier than his anger.

"Save The Last Dance For Me" was written by the magnificent Doc Pomus on the day of his wedding. Of course Doc was in a wheelchair as a result of polio. He was happy to watch his bride on the dance floor but wrote a reminder that she would be going home with him.

The truly sad ones, the ones that cause the tears to well up when you hear the first few notes coming out of the radio- those are the ones forged from real heartbreak.

Sometimes I wish I had a better business plan.

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