When I was a child and teenager, all the adults in my life taught me that 20th Century music was evil because it turned young people’s hearts and minds away from serving the Lord. I bought this line of bulls&%t until I was in my early twenties. Since then, I’ve been playing catch-up. If only I’d heard of “Cousin Brucie” Morrow years ago, I would be much further along the path to contemporary enlightenment. Cousin Brucie’s love of music, and his admiration for the GOOD that modern music has done is sincere and contagious.
He has a new book out called Doo Wop: The Music, The Times, The Era. One of the many great things about moving to New York last year was how I’ve expanded my horizons in ways I couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago. The talent in this town is extraordinary and no one has done a better job of promoting talent over the decades than Cousin Brucie. Last Thursday evening I had the privilege of hearing him talk to a few hundred or so of his own fans crammed into the standing room only space at the Lincoln Center Barnes and Noble.
I can see why he has such a large following.
Rather than read my blogging about it, why don’t you see for yourself? Usually I edit most author readings down to 5 – 7 minutes to fit into YouTube’s 100mb constraints, but Cousin Brucie was so entertaining, I’ve posted his entire reading, dividing into six parts to comply with YouTube’s limitations. His discussion also divided easily into six topics, which I’ve described briefly.
PART ONE: Introduction
This is the only part I’ve actually “embedded” into the blog. For parts 2 – 6, simply click the link and that will take you directly to where the video is posted on YouTube. Don’t forget to rate the videos “Five Stars,” add them to your YouTube Favorites and leave wonderful, constructive comments about Cousin Brucie. Then forward this url / webpage to your friends.
PART TWO: Click here to view Cousin Brucie’s discussion of the “Heritage of Music”; he also introduces his co-author Rich Maloof and discusses how musicians are the poets of our age, how they bring people together
PART THREE: Click here to view Cousin Brucie’s description of Doo Wop as vocal harmony. He also describes the early ‘race records’ and how the birth of rock n’ roll helped the process of desegregation. He ends by talking about his appearance on The Howard Stern Show earlier that day.
PART FOUR: Click here as Cousin Brucie discusses CBS-FM, “SOB’s”, and his conviction that “The Generation past 48 years old is not ready to be buried!”
PART FIVE: Click here to learn about the contributions of Southern Rock Musicians. I especially liked Cousin Brucie’s belief that the “Rock-a-billys” were on the leading edge of the music wave because they were closer to gospel. Over the last few years I’ve learned to re-embrace my gospel roots, and enjoy it side-by-side with all other forms of music I like.
PART SIX: Click here to learn who Cousin Brucie regards as HIS DJ. He completes the questions, concludes and signs books. Thanks for a wonderful evening, Cousin Brucie!