While the back of my mind continues to think of more “June Jour” responses, I’ll let the front of my mind fire up “Allison’s Jukebox” for a quick song endorsement. Or actually a re-endorsement, for it’s a song I extolled the virtues of on Twitter 5 years ago, a song from my younger days that evokes the time of my mom’s youth.
I fell in love with “Someday, Someway” by Marshall Crenshaw from the first time I heard it (which was much more than 5 years ago, for the record). For the past several decades, Crenshaw has made his mark as a respected songwriter, noteworthy among them the Gin Blossoms’ song from the 90s, “Til I Hear It From You,” as well as the title track from the motion picture Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (a Golden Globe-winning song).
But Crenshaw’s also an accomplished singer in his own right, recording several of his own studio albums. One of those albums was his self-titled debut released in 1982, which was lauded in a Rolling Stone review for its creation of magical rock & roll just by working “within a relatively small territory” and Crenshaw’s employing delicate lonesomeness in his vocal tones. That review also suggests hints of 1950s nostalgia and iconography, with Crenshaw evoking headstrong, James Dean-type characters through music that suggests the simplicity and joyousness Buddy Holly brought to his own music. (Ironically enough, Crenshaw would portray Buddy Holly in La Bamba, a 1987 motion picture about the life of Ritchie Valens.)
While the Marshall Crenshaw album is a product of its time, its music does indeed evoke the Buddy Holly era of retro rock & roll and timeless matters of the heart. You really notice that in “Someday, Someway,” with jangling guitar leading into joyously-performed lyrics by Crenshaw as someone who just wants to return love given to him by someone who doesn’t seem to be forthcoming about why they feel down. Maybe one day, the singer concludes, he’ll understand them.
Some frustration on the singer’s part over matters of the heart? Just a tad bit of brooding as well? Perhaps, but you’d never guess it from the buoyant tone of “Someday, Someday.” Even if you have a bad day, your mood will perk up after 2 minutes and 54 seconds of this simple yet joyous song. Hit “play” below and give it a listen.